OKC Beats Good Guys 109-92

Much like Love's face in the pic, this game was ugly!

Kevin Love had another great performance off the bench. Unfortunately for him, he did not get a double-double so he is dead to me. Al Jefferson continues to struggle. I think Kurt Rambis really needs to think about moving Big Al to the bench and limiting his minutes. He is clearly struggling and it is likely from knee pain or fatigue, so what is the benefit of continuing to trudge him out there as a starter for 25+ minutes? With Love, Darko, and Hollins you can easily restrict Jefferson to roughly 20 minutes a game.

Moving on; as a team Minnesota only shot 40% from the field last night. That will not get it done against any team let alone a team as well rounded as OKC. The Wolves were real strong from the line (15 of 17), about right on their average for rebounds, and slightly below average in rebound diff (-4). Damien Wilkins took a step backwards (0 pts in 15 minutes) after having back to back great games.

Once again the Wolves had absolutely no answer for Russell Westbrook as he almost secured another triple-double. Westbrook is one of the fastest risers at the PG position in the NBA. He is quickly becoming one of the best. Remember this kid is big, physical, fast, and is actually learning how to play point at the NBA level. I repeat he is learning HOW to play PG at the highest level of competition in the world. The kid is uber talented. Jonny Flynn just does not match up well physically on offense or defense. Just wait til next year Russell when we can place Wall or Turner on you! Just kidding, but next time the Wolves play him they might need to play Sessions significantly more or give Flynn more help.

Overall I am not surprised by the outcome of this game. I had it closer because the last two times they have played it was real close, but on paper this is a significant mismatch. Oh well time to forgive and forget. The Wolves next game is tonight against Portland.

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Tags: Big Al Damien Wilkins Darko Jonny Flynn Kevin Love Kurt Rambis Ramon Sessions Ryan Hollins

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