Archive for December 7th, 2008

Frustration in Minnesota

The Minnesota Timberwolves are awful this season.

Al Jefferson is putting up 21.3 points, 10.1 rebounds and 1.89 blocks per game, Randy Foye is contributing 13.2 ppg and 5.6 apg, Mike Miller averages 11.5 ppg, 5.7 rpg and 4.4 apg, and Ryan Gomes adds 10.4 ppg and 4.2 rpg. Rashad McCants, Kevin Love and Craig Smith add scoring off the bench. Love also adds rebounds.

And there are your Wolves, with 4 wins and 15 losses.

Home fans are starting to express their feelings on the season. Here’s the Minneapolis Star Tribune (Jerry Zgoda) reporting via blog:

The home crowd finally awoke from their boredom and their slumber and turned Minnesota nasty in the fourth quarter of tonight’s 107-84 loss to the Clippers at Target Center: Fans shouted out reminders to Kevin McHale that he once drafted Brandon Roy and O.J. Mayo, and then traded them away. Others stood and cheered in a mocking sort of way when the team, playing without injured Mike Miller and Corey Brewer, rallied from 29 points down to only trail by 20 to an opponent that entered the game with a 3-15 record. Afterward, rookie Kevin Love, who had his third double-double in the last five games with a 13-point, 15-rebound night, said the team with this loss surely has hit “rock bottom.” Let’s hope so. Usually chatty owner Glen Taylor, clearly unhappy, turned me down in a hallway afterward when I asked to talk him, surely knowing I wanted to ask if he planned any management changes. In the team’s locker room, you could look back into the training room and see Kevin McHale hugging both Al Jefferson and Randy Foye, an odd sight indeed.

Things probably won’t get much better this season. Kevin Love should score more as he becomes more comfortable in the league. Other than that, Wolves fans must aim to be entertained, even if the team loses.

Dec 7: Celtics 122, Pacers 117 OT

The AP reports: Ray Allen scored a season-high 35 points, and the Boston Celtics defeated the Indiana Pacers 122-117 in overtime on Sunday to increase their winning streak to 12 games. Kevin Garnett had 17 points, 20 rebounds and five steals, Paul Pierce had 17 points and eight rebounds and Eddie House had 15 points for Boston (20-2). The Celtics are on their longest win streak since 1986, when they won 14 straight on their way to the NBA title. Marquis Daniels led Indiana with a season-high 26 points. Danny Granger scored 20 points, but shot just 7-of-22 from the field… Indiana G Mike Dunleavy remains out with a sore right knee. He has not played this season.

Dec 7: Blazers 98, Raptors 97

The AP reports: Steve Blake drained a go-ahead 3-pointer with 8 seconds left and the Portland Trail Blazers spoiled Toronto coach Jay Triano’s home debut with a 98-97 victory over the Raptors. LaMarcus Aldridge had 20 points and Blake added 19 for Portland, which has won six of seven. Rudy Fernandez scored 16 points, Brandon Roy had 15 and Greg Oden had 10 points and 10 rebounds… Jermaine O’Neal scored a season-high 24 and blocked six shots and Bosh added 19 points, but it wasn’t enough to give Triano his first win as the Raptors lost their fourth straight game… Jose Calderon had 15 points and 13 assists, and reserves Joey Graham and Jason Kapono had 10 points each.

Dec 7: Knicks 104, Pistons 92

The AP reports: Chris Duhon had 25 points and nine assists, Quentin Richardson scored 23 points, and the New York Knicks blew most of a 29-point lead before holding off the Detroit Pistons 104-92 Sunday to snap a three-game losing streak… Al Harrington finished with 18 points and Wilson Chandler had 17 for the Knicks, who avoided their first four-game skid of the season. David Lee had 12 points and 19 rebounds as all but nine points came from New York’s starters… Tayshaun Prince had 23 points and 10 rebounds for the Pistons, who fell to 7-8 since Allen Iverson’s debut with the team. Iverson and Arron Afflalo each finished with 17 points for the Pistons, who are 11-2 on the other days of the week.

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