Kevin Love scored 24 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in the Timberwolves 106-96 win over the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night. Tim Duncan’s reign as top power forward in the league is clearly over, and Love appears to be taking over the title. The Spurs best player, Manu Ginobili, left the game early with a broken hand. I don’t think it would have mattered in this game, as the Timberwolves hit 58% of their shots, including 57% from downtown. Those percentages were even higher throughout most of the game until the team missed a few down the stretch.
Other notes from the game: Wes Johnson had 15 points, including 2 three-pointers, in his first contribution of the season. Consistency is the key in the NBA, and Wes needs to make that happen. The depth on the Timberwolves is evident, as someone new seems to always step up…Luke Ridnour was the Timberwolves best point guard of the game for the first time this season. He had 19 points and 9 assists…Spurs forward Danny Green put himself in the running for Worst Mustache in the NBA. Let’s keep an eye on this all season…Another highlight pass from Ricky Rubio, as he connected with Derrick Williams on a sensational alley-oop in the first half.
What to watch for in the Timberwolves match up with the Grizzlies tonight:
- Marc Gasol vs Kevin Love. Beard vs Beard. This should be a good match up between two of the best young post players in the NBA. Gasol plays more center, but look for Darko to ride the pine, and for Love to match up with Gasol down the stretch.
- The Point Guard battle. Memphis just welcomed back their starting point guard, Mike Conley. Backup Jeremy Pargo has playing very well for the Grizzlies. However, look for Rubio and Ridnour to have the edge here.
- Rubio and Marc Gasol reunite! The former teammates on the Spain Olympic team are meeting for the first time all season. They are getting together to talk about their neck beards, and to review the performance of Inigo Montoya in the Princess Bride!
- Derrick Williams. Can he get involved a little more? A bit of a slow start for the rookie, as he’s struggled to get a lot of court time since the first game of the season.
The Grizzlies scored 64 points in their second to last game versus the Bulls. But they did beat the Kings last night so it will be interesting to see how they play tonight. It’s tough on the second night of back-to-back games though.
Prediction: The Timebrwolves continue the roll they are on, emerging victorious and getting the team to .500 with a 3-3 record.