Timberwolves Killin’ ‘Em
The Minnesota Timberwolves are off to a 5 - 3 start (ooh kill ‘em).
Our three losses come to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers. All were winnable games, two we didn’t come to play and the other was Kevin Love’s bad.
The Timberwolves have been a pleasant surprise this season. Long overdue, the Wolves are off to one of their best seasons yet. Kevin Love is putting up monster numbers and the addition of Kevin Martin has made an immediate impact. Corey Brewer is a million times better than he was during his first stint with the Wolves. Ricky Rubio and Nikola Pekovic have refined their strengths and worked on their weakness.
Our bench, on the other hand, is miles away from being where we need them to be. The health of our front five has never been more critical.
With the season barely underway, I have been most disappointed with Alexey Shved. I had hopes that he would return more composed, more focused. I took to Shved quickly last year, his ability to take risks on the court, however last year they seemed more calculated. He has been, (sigh), unimpressive thus far.
Derrick Williams is still struggling with consistency. In his debut against the Thunder, he played his role and was successful in Adelman’s offense. I hope to see more of that. I’m not sure why I’m rooting for this kid, maybe it’s because everyone else isn’t. He’s my new Wes Johnson (except, arguably, has more potential). He’s young. He’s athletic. True, maybe the Timberwolves are not the best fit for him and his style, either way, there’s got to be something our staff sees in him having put in the time, effort and money we have, hoping for improvement and success.
J.J., you still crazy. It is when J.J. has the ball that I am the most emotional. I don’t even know how to feel. His presence is so mysterious; I become smothered by anxiety.
Who are you Dante Cunningham? I’m still so confused. Can someone tell me his strengths and weaknesses?
Turiaf is, I think, my favorite member of the Wolves. Bringing experience and positive energy to our team, Turiaf has filled the much needed role of veteran Wolf. I can’t wait until he is healthy and back on the court.
I am really happy that we drafted Gorgui. I think he will be successful. His quiet demeanor is refreshing in an industry of egoism. Turiaf going down, though upsetting, is a blessing for Dieng (and sort of for the team). Being able to get clock in these early games will allow him to adjust to the NBA and be successful later on should injuries with Pek and Turiaf persist. If the Timberwolves staff can harness his defensive abilities and improve his offensive game, Deing will be a force in this league.
White man with bad knees who can shoot. I hope we get him back sooner than later, knowing his shot can make a difference, but longevity is clearly an issue.
White man with bad knees who can kind of shoot. I hate Purdue. Go Gophers.
Time will tell with this young buck. I’m not convinced by his performances thus far, but then again, we’re 8 games in to 80. I think he has a good group of guys around him, and a coaching staff that is willing to put in the work.
I’m looking forward to tonight’s rematch against the Cavs.