After finishing off the month of January on high note with victories over the New Orleans Pelicans, Golden State Warriors and the Chicago Bulls, the Minnesota Timberwolves looked completely uninterested and lethargic during this disappointing first week of February; dropping three of their last four games in the process.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have been toying with their fans all season long, so why should this week of contests be any different? After showing their hometown fans signs of improvement and the possibility of a playoff run, the Timberwolves open up the month of February with a 1-4 record (1-3 just this week).
The Timberwolves started the week off with a 10 point victory over the Kobe Bryant-less and utterly embarrassing Los Angeles Lakers. This was one of those match-ups tagged as a “game we should win,” so placing any emphasis on the win would be completely foolish. The Timberwolves have shown periodically throughout the season that they have the capabilities to beat playoff bound teams. It is time to stop praising this team for victories over inferior opponents who will be playing golf by April.
The Timberwolves went on to lose three straight games against the Thunder, Pelicans, and the Trail Blazers by a combined 23 points. This is incredibly disappointing, as well as aggravating, considering Kevin Love sat out against the Thunder due to a stiff neck, while he AND Kevin Martin took a night off against the Trail Blazers. On paper, when a team’s best player is not suiting up to play, you can usually assume that that team will be ran out of the gym, especially when the opponents are arguably the two best teams in the Western Conference. What makes the two loses against the Thunder and the Trail Blazers so aggravating is that each game came down to only a few possessions. The Timberwolves competed through about three and a half quarters each game without their All-Star power forward, then completely dropped the ball in the closing minutes.
The loss against the New Orleans Pelicans comes as an utter mystery. Pelicans’ rising star Anthony Davis, matched Love point-for-point, and also collected 10 rebounds. The solid performance showcased by the young power forward ultimately cancelled out Love’s typical showing. The finger can be, and should be, pointed towards the perimeter players of the Timberwolves for this inexcusable loss. The Timberwolves’ guards allowed 36 points to come from point guard Brian Roberts and shooting guard Eric Gordon. The two guards also accounted for 10 assists, helping the Pelicans’ bench contribute 30 points in the 98-91 victory.
We see the Timberwolves once again come up short against an opponent who, more than likely, will not be in the playoff picture come April. What does this mean for the Timberwolves moving forward? It means that it is time refocus and make sure they their final two games before All-Star Weekend.
The Minnesota Timberwolves look to put this abysmal week of basketball behind them as they look ahead to a tough match-up against the Houston Rockets, followed by a showdown against the young and talented Denver Nuggets to cap off the first half of the NBA season.
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