The 2nd half of the lockout season has certainly been tough for the Minnesota Timberwolves. First they lose Ricky Rubio which would lead to the slow disappearance of the Wolves in the playoff picture. The Wolves then would slowly lose games against Western Conference teams and would start building a losing streak. On their way to their 7th loss in a row, All-Star and MVP candidate Kevin Love suffered a concussion in the first quarter of the Wolves’ visit to the Mile High City. Without Love tonight, the Wolves were just picked apart by one of the better teams in the West today, who had just came off a big win in OKC.
The Wolves actually showed that they could win early in the game by building a 10 point lead in the 1st half. However, the Wolves were unable to maintain the lead as the Clippers easily came back to tighten the game up. From then on, the Clippers’ offense and three point shooting from Butler and Foye in the 3rd quarter allowed the Clippers to build a lead. But still, the score after 3 quarters was still 73-68.
In the fourth quarter, the Clippers took over defensively, holding the Wolves to 14 points. The Clippers would then finish off the Wolves and winning the game 95-82, despite Kevin Love being absent. Blake Griffin, who some believe is better than Kevin Love, didn’t even manage to reach the 20 point mark. Then again, the Clippers still got the win. But at least Griffin should have and could have taken over the paint with Love sitting this one out. Griffin finished the game with 19 points and 13 rebounds while his sidekick DeAndre Jordan pulled down 12 rebounds. Chris Paul as well didn’t have a huge night by scoring on 8 points after scoring 31 points, including the game winning lay-up, last night. One key advantage the Clippers had over the Wolves was that the Clippers made 12 three pointers while the Wolves only had 5 three pointers.
Starting center Nikola Pekovic tallied up 17 points and JJ Barea had a double double with 10 points and 11 assists but had 7 turnovers. Off the bench, Michael Beasley had a double double as well with 14 points and 10 rebounds while Anthony Randolph poured in 16 points and pulled down 9 rebounds. Both teams had 5 players in double figures, which shows that the Wolves really had a chance of winning this game. However, they didn’t have that leader who could lift the team up to another level. As a result the Wolves lost their 8th straight game.
Seems like last season all over again …
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