Monday, December 19, 2011

Game of the Day Wednesday December 21, 2011: Timberwolves Roar Back from 11 Down with 2:00 to Go

How It Went Down

Down 84-73 with 2:00 remaining, the Wolves scored the game's last 12 points--Kevin Love 10 and Michael Beasley 2--to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat 85-84. Love led all scorers and rebounders with 22 and 16.

Still, this was a 20 point turnaround from Friday's 21-point win, when J.J. Barea and Ricky Rubio combined for 20 points and 13 assists. Overall the Wolves guards had 41 points, 15 assists and 6 turnovers. Tonight, with Barea and Rubio playing 0 minutes due to minor injuries, the Wolves guards had 33 points, 12 assists and 8 turnovers, down from 2.5 assists/turnover to 1.5.

Still, it's a great and improbable win, the kind you (if you're Rick Adelman) can build on. 

Player of the Day: You're kidding, right? Kevin Love.

Coach of the Day: Rick Adelman. Doh!

Best Bet

The Minnesota Timberwolves, fresh off an impressive 117-96 exhibition win over the Milwaukee Bucks, get a 2nd and final exhibition contest in this truncated season versus the, er, Milwaukee Bucks. (Then, of course, their 2nd regular season contest on Friday 12/30 will also be against these same Milwaukee Bucks.) The big news out of the Timberwolves camp was, of course, the play of Ricky Rubio. The other newcomers--J.J. Barea, Derrick Williams and coach Rick Adelman--also get passing grades so far.

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