November 27, 2012; Sacramento, CA, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves small forward Andrei Kirilenko (47) dribbles the ball against Sacramento Kings small forward John Salmons (5) during the first quarter at Sleep Train Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Game Notes: Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves

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Quarter 1
  • This game might as well be renamed Andy Varaejao vs. Kevin Love rebounding battle. Both of these stars are fantastic players who don’t get the attention they deserve, especially Varaejao.
  • Looks like AK47 has healed up nicely and will play today. Ricky Rubio, despite the rumors will be coming in sometime next week.
  • Meanwhile, the Cavs will be without Dion Waiters who didn’t make the trip to Minneapolis. Looks like a team that can relate to our injury issues.
  • In case you didn’t catch it, Kahn denied rumors flying around the twittersphere that the Wolves were interested in a trade for Pau Gasol. He also had to deal with Derrick Williams’ agent demanding a trade due to lack of playing time. Looks like the man is about to earn his paycheck.
  • Kevin Love is playing with a hunger that hasn’t been there for a while. Also, Cleveland has no depth besides Anderson, Kyrie and Waiters.
  • Malcolm Lee has been an absolute fiend on defense this game. His athleticism is just absurd compared to everyone else on the court.
  • This is going to be an ugly game for Cleveland. Minnesota is just killing the Cavs on defense. But somehow, the lead is on 5 points.
  • Shved needs to teach Derrick Williams how to finish in the NBA. For all the athleticism that D-Will has, he still hasn’t figured out how to get the ball off without getting blocked.
  • Wolves lead 25-16 at the end of the first quarter.

Quarter 2

  • Good to see former West Virginia Mountaineer Kevin Jones get some burn. He was one of my favorite players in college basketball the last few years.
  • Minnesota’s bench unit has given up this lead all while only scoring 2 points in the quarter.
  • Fortunately, Cleveland’s ineptitude is beating Minnesota’s so far.
  • Starters are back in for TWolves and hopefully will right the ship.
  • Pek’s post game looks just a bit off. His usually flawless footwork and hook shots are just rimming out on seemingly every shot.
  • Somehow, the game ended up being tied 35-35 till Kevin Love hit the Wolves first three pointer.
  • Wolves get back to leading 44-37.
Quarter 3
  • Luke complaining of some back pain that has been hampering him all season. Hopefully, it’s not to serious as it would be nice to have all of the guards healthy for once.
  • Andrei Kirilenko is everywhere for Minnesota. He seems to be involved with every play somehow. If only that attitude could spread to other players on the team.
  • Surprising that Anderson Varaejao has 0 points and 10 rebounds. Thats kind of an odd stat line especially with the way he’s been scoring.
  • Alonzo Gee has the most explosive drive I’ve seen this year. Blake Griffin could be an argument but he usually needs someone to set him up. However, Gee’s athleticism converts well into a basketball offense.
  • Adelman riding his starters pretty good considering that this is their last game till the 12th. A win is necessary here.
  • Wolves up 57-68 on the Cavs after the 3rd quarter.
Quarter 4
  • Kevin Love has actually been looking decent with his shooting stroke.
  • Luke Walton sighting! It’s pretty crazy how far he’s fallen.
  • Minnesota is keeping Cleveland in this game by missing too many open shots.
  • Turnovers are also killing them. Cut down on them and we easily have a double digit lead.
  • Pekovic sits on the bench with only 4 points. Just isn’t his day today.
  • Minnesota methodically stretching out the lead with steady defensive plays and knocking down open shots. That is what won them this game.

 

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