Saturday, November 24, 2012

@ Portland (5-6)

Minnesota Timberwolves 95 - Portland Trailblazers 103

You wouldn't need to be blessed with the mind of a neurosurgeon to work out what went wrong in this game for the Timberwolves. Basically positions 1 and 2, where, at the moment, Portland are pretty good (Lillard/Matthews) and where the Twolves continue to apply sticking plasters to a gaping wound.

Malcolm Lee..early season struggles continue.
The prospect of Malcolm Lee and Luke Ridnour (whom I still love as a back up guard ) going up against these guys filled me with dread. Now, I know I've only seen highlights of the Twolves this year but there seems to be a groundswell of opinion demanding that Lee be removed from the starting line up and replaced by Alexey Shved. Well none of the guards Ridnour, Lee, Barea or Shved could cope with Lillard and Matthews and they lit up Minnesota for a combined 58 points.

The return of the Unicorn takes on greater significance with every game that the Twolves drop.

Positives were, basically, the first half....the first quarter in particular where Plan A (Pek and Love) started to click nicely. I know there are those around the blogosphere who seem to be getting hot and bothered about how Love's re-emergence will affect Kirilenko's role and impact....I'm sure this will be ironed out....players with high basketball IQs will get that straight.....and Rubio will help when he starts to dictate the flow.

Portland looked like they were still in Phoenix for long periods in the first half....Lillard and Matthews paced them with some timely threes and kept them afloat. I found, whilst watching the game, that I was asking myself "How the hell are Portland still in this?" They just hung around even though they missed about a million free throws. Eventually they got it together and the Twolves kinda caved.

Bad loss - move on!

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