That wasn't very entertaining.
The Wolves had a strong first quarter, taking a one point lead to the break, and then it all went south from there, as the Heat exploited their superior shot making and defense to blow past the Wolves with relative ease.
It's becoming depressingly familiar: the Wolves getting badly out shot from the field costing them time and time again. Tonight it was to the tune of 55% to an execrable 29%.
No matter how well they play in other aspects of the game (and they didn't play that well in any aspects tonight), it's nearly impossible to overcome that sort of shooting disparity.
The bench once again failed to provide anything helpful, as the Heat rampaged through the 2nd quarter against backups who could not make a shot (a combined 5-25 for the bench tonight).
The Wolves managed to close to within five at a couple of points early in the 3rd quarter, but it simply was not going to be their night as the Heat quickly pushed the lead back out behind a devastating transition attack led by LeBron James, who finished with an easy 21 (9-12) with 14 rebounds and eight assists.
In truth, this was a night that the Heat were gettable, as they failed to make threes (4-18) and turned the ball over 20 times, but the Wolves' collective inability to make shots doomed them. Some credit must go to the Heat, who are long and active and forced the Wolves into shots they really didn't want, but realistically, especially without Love available, there are just too many shots they Wolves don't want: shots by anyone other than Kevin Martin and Nikola Pekovic specifically.
That's it for the recap. Frankly I don't know what else to say about this one. Sometimes the difference in quality is just obvious.
You have to be able to put the ball in the basket. And too often, the Wolves just can't.
If anyone has a good recipe, or comments on the game, go for it in comments.
What say you?