First of all, the elephant in the room. This was only the 7th game this season where both teams shot .381 or below. 4 of these contests involve the Bucks. 2 of these contests involve the Wolves and the Bucks.
Second, Kevin Love is good at basketball. Against the Mighty Men from Milwaukee, the All Star scored 20 points on 10 shots while grabbing 17 rebounds, dishing out 6 assists, and turning the ball over a grand total of 0 times.
Non Kevin Love Wolves shot roughly 35% from the floor. They turned it over at an alarming clip, especially in the opening minutes of the game. The starting backcourt of Luke Ridnour and Wes Johnson were especially brickish, going 10-28 from the floor. Johnson is now shooting an astounding 30% from the floor in February. On the positive side of things, Wes did get to the line 4 times against the Bucks, marking only the 6th time he has had 4 or more FTAs in a game this season. Baby steps, people, baby steps. Hey, at least he looked looser and better out there.
Fun fact: Wes Johnson has made 4 free throws only 1 time in his young NBA career. November 2nd against the Heat.
Other positives: Darko played closer to 20 mpg than he did to his season average. If Randolph is going to get worked into the lineup, and if the team wants to prepare the rest of its roster for what he may bring to the table, Anthony Tolliver needs some minutes at the 5. He needs minutes there for other reasons, but...well, we'll leave that one alone.
I'm trying to figure out a way to explain the other elephant in the room--the big, bright pink one: Rambis' coaching. I'll leave that one open to the comment section. What did you think of the last play? Do you think Rambis' basketball mind can comprehend or process the island of misfit toys that Kahn is putting together? I mentioned it in the comment section of the trade wrap post, but I thought it deserves a 2nd mention here: If Kahn can put the tail end of Jefferson's cap space to good use on an honest-to-Pete average NBA guard while axing the clearly-in-over-his-head Rambis, he will deserve mountains of credit. O.J. Mayo would be more than acceptable at this point. Of course, there's an opposite side to that notion but I'll save it for a post after the trade deadline.
Well folks, I'm not sure what else I can say about that game. It was ugly, brutal, disgusting, and kind of boring. Thankfully, I was able to pass the time with my new Fender Mustang amp, a USB connection, Garage Band, and my Airline H44. (Yes, it sounds like a horn section.) Admittedly, I was a bit in and out on this one but it was worth it because I totally killed a .wav play-along with Barracuda. Killed it.
Anywho, please feel free to leave your thoughts in the comment section.