I usually go to 5-8 games a year at the Target Center. I've been doing this for the last 6 seasons. Every year, it has always been the same thing. I knew what to expect. Last night was such a change.
First, I always buy tickets from the scalpers. Last year, my wife and I sat 12 rows from the court for $35 total. It's been that way every time. The crowds have been small and so prices have been dirt cheap. Last night was the first time I ever paid above fifty percent of the face value. Looks like I'm heading back to the upper deck this year. So many times in the past, they have announced 14,000-16,000 when there was less than 8,000 in the building. Against the Kings
on a Monday night, the Wolves drew at least 16,000.
Second, the crowd was vocal. In past years, the PA guy seemed to be desperately trying to get us to join his chant of defense. Last night, it was spontaneously happening. Lot of fun to be a part. I was even happy to see how many people hated Ref 25. It showed they cared.
Third, I have now seen what professional coaching looks like. During the starting lineups, they should just proclaim that the Wolves are not coached by Kurt Rambis
. That would make me cheer. Watching Adelman teach and prod and direct was awesome. He understood the flow of the game and the abilities of his players. He kept rotating people into places where they would succeed. He knew when to ride a hot hand. He calmed Love down when he looked like he might pick up another technical. Well done.
Fourth, the Wolves closed out quarters strong. They used to fold when things got tight. Not this night. They picked up the pace and kept there nerves under control.
Fifth, Pek was assaulting people with his rear end. He backed Cousins and Thompson down so far that the net was brushing against his head. I know that he can only be used in limited doses, but a little bit of Pek is a lot of fun to watch.
I think the worse days are over now. It's going to cost more to go to the Target Center, but it's going to be worth it.