Ricky Rubio and Kevin Love both put together fantastic games for the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night. Unfortunately, the Timberwolves could not overcome crucial turnovers and missed free throws. The final score against Memphis Grizzlies was 90-86. Love had 27 points and 14 rebounds, for his 6th straight double-double of the season. Rubio collected his second double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 assists (mostly in spectacular fashion). But, the Timberwolves struggled with their free-throw shooting, hitting only 54% for the game (13/24). The “always active” Anthony Tolliver practically blew the game with a inexcusable turnover with under a minute to play when the Timberwolves had a chance to tie it. However, we can’t disregard the brilliancy of Kevin Love, and the magic of Ricky Rubio. Love is a master a cleaning up the slop on the boards, and now is hitting three’s every game. Rubio delighted the crowd with his passing, but now is starting to hit three’s on the regular as well. He came through with a couple of clutch three’s last night, signs that he is the real deal.
- Michael Beasley did not play well once again. He does not make good decisions with the ball. He ended with a double-double (11 pts, 10 rebounds), but shot 31% from the field. He is now shooting 40% for the season, Absolutely atrocious for a forward.
- Derrick Williams again played well in limited minutes. Still wondering what’s holding back his minutes. I mean we’re playing Tolliver and Beasley over him for cripes sakes! He took a bad “3” down the stretch, but otherwise played well. He’s shooting 52% for the season so far.
- Ricky Rubio won the unofficial neck beard contest for the night over his Spanish friend, Marc Gasol.
- Tolliver. I hate to rip on him, but for a guy that’s in the game for his defense, he sure seems to have trouble guarding people. Rudy Gay handling Tolliver’s defense pretty well all night.
- Wes Johnson proved that the previous game was a fluke. He missed all five of his field goal attempts. Unacceptable for a starting player.
- The starting 5. Wondering when this is going to change. Rubio has to come back from what seems like a 10-point deficit nearly every time.
- Darko Milicic’s hands. Has anyone seem them yet this season? At one point in the 3rd quarter, he jumped with his hands down for a rebound. Hello?
The Timberwolves did not play well on Wednesday night, but still managed to be in a position to win despite practically shooting themselves in the foot on every other possession down the stretch. Stll, this is a good sign that they were that close to a team that went to the Western Conference Semi-Fianls last year. Look for the Timberwolves to bounce back Friday night against the lowly Cleveland Cavaliers.