Even the outrage in Minnesota is an even-tempered exercise in self reflection. A kind of inward-looking opportunity to ask yourself what you could have done to avoid the situation you should otherwise be absolutely livid with.
It’s not a common national reaction to unpleasant news, but most Minnesotans will look to the rulebook and see what it says about the hand being a part of the ball — or some other total bunk — in an effort to perhaps explain why someone would completely eff up such a big point of the game by swallowing their whistles and blowing such a huge call.
As Kevin Love put it after the game, “That was pretty, pretty obvious.”
The sheepish look of “are you kidding me?” that Love had after that play was similar to the one he had in Los Angeles after missing a last-second tip-in.
The FSNorth crew had this call, and while I haven’t been on the Jim Peterson bandwagon since he tried to sell Mark Blount as one of the most skilled centers in Minnesota Timberwolves history, the dissatisfaction with the officials he expresses is pretty spot-on.
Tim Faklis speak Minnesotan:
And while it was obviously the final nail in the coffin for the Wolves, it does not excuse the way Minnesota played for the other 47 minutes, 57 seconds of the game. They had multiple opportunities in the fourth quarter’s final 6 minutes to put it away, but they did not. They allowed Shawn Marion more open three pointers than he typically gets during shootaround. Dallas’ lead in the first half looked like it had the makings of a blowout. Minnesota’s bench didn’t contribute in either half.
It was a foul. Still, this never would have been an issue if the Wolves got themselves in a better position earlier in the game.
Either way, it’s a tough one to take in.