The Minnesota Timberwolves overcame a slow start to defeat the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night in Target Center. The final score was 93-85. Kevin Love once again led the way with 20 points and 17 rebounds. Ricky Rubio did not shoot well, but did hit his free throws down the stretch. He played an excellent floor game, finishing with 9 points, 8 assists, 7 rebounds, and 6 steals. The real boost might have come from the bench, as the Timberwolves had 5 players from their bench score at least 7 points.
Kevin Love’s extension: Word is Love is about to get a max contract extension offer. It will be either be for four years and about $61 million or five years for roughly $90 million. Expect Love to sign the extension. I believe he likes it here, and we’ve made the right moves to entice him to stay. Drafting the bearded Ricky Rubio, and hiring the mustache’d Rick Adelman. And we all know men like to talk about their facial hair together.
- The Target Center brat does not receive a perfect score by any means. But the mustard and ketchup dispensers provide a smooth transition into enjoying your Target Center treat. We needed to be “saved” as starvation had kicked in by the time we sampled the brats. The Target Center brat received a C- overall, but an A- when you’re starving.
- Darko Milicic flopped once again. Why are we still starting him? His jump hook barely grazes the front rim everytime! On top of that, he’s wearing grey socks. Are they grey, or does he just have a laundry detergent problem? I’m going with the latter. Several old men heckled Darko in disgust over his fashion blunder. His “Frankenstein”-like counterpart back-up center, Nikola Pekovic, is starting to play well when he actually gets playing time. ”Pek” contributed with 11 points against the Pistons, and his moves actually resemble some anti-Darko-like coordination! Expect a future blog post featuring “Pek” in the near future.
- Minnesota Gophers men’s basketball coach, Tubby Smith, was hugged and slapped on the back several times by a local AAU coach as he was watching the game just outside of Hubert’s. No word yet on if he was fine with it.
- The Timberwolves offensive struggles continued on Wednesday. They shot only 40% for the game, and managed only 14 assists as a team (with 15 turnovers). I’m not sure if Michael Beasley will help or not when he returns, but the team could really use some scoring from the wing. Beasley has been tough to play with for most of his career due to his lack of ball-movement and shot-selection skills. Maybe he’s learned a few things by watching for a few weeks.
The Timberwolves play the Los Angeles Clippers in LA on Friday night. The game will be televised on ESPN. What’ the over-under on Darko getting a rebound in this game? The Clippers have high-flying big men Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. This could be a match-up problem for the team unless “Pek” steps up and stops wearing deodorant. Perhaps his the smell could clear out some room in the lane?