I learned something new tonight. I found out that it is possible for 5 seconds of action to completely outweigh 50+ minutes of awesome basketball. I didn't think it was possible, but....well, I'm pretty sure that this game was the basketball version of this.
I don't know what to write about this one. Tonight's tilt was the first game in quite some time where I just wanted to be a complete homer with this squad, put down the notepad, and root them on for victory. I suppose my head knew that they'd find some crazy new way to lose (and they did), but I guess I was looking for something special and I didn't want to have to think much about it.
This one hurts. The Wolves played one of their best (if not the best) games of the year and they lost. OKC beat them at the line (going 26-27 compared to the Wolves' 18-25, with a late Luke Ridnour miss being the hardest miss to swallow).
The other thing that really sticks out about this game is that the Wolves started the game with sets and energy we haven't seen in quite some time. They flirted with Love at the 5, they looked like they wanted to attack the paint, wing players were cutting towards the basket...they even seemed to be making accurate coaching adjustments based on the play of the other team. Then, predictably, at the 1/2 it all went away. Oi. I don't even have the heart to comment on the coaching. The Wolves gave it their best shot and they still fell short.
That's all I got folks. This one sucks. Please feel free to wrap things up to your hearts content in the comments.
Quick side note: Holy crap, Wally Sczcerbiak is on the CBS half time show for BYU/San Diego State.