Here it is folks. Look at it. What you are looking at may be one of the most historical nights in NBA history. Tonight, against the Blazers, the Wolves ran out a starting perimeter rotation that racked up a combined total of 1 point, 0 rebounds, 0 assists, and 6 turnovers. That is truly amazing.
Unfortunately, Basketball Reference doesn't allow for multiple player searches on its wonderful data safaris so I can't tell you if this is the only time in history 3 starting players have never made a field goal, but walk away knowing this: Your favorite team is awful and it may have just surpassed its previous awfulness with tonight's unbelievable nonsense. Repeat it to yourself: the Wolves just fielded a starting rotation where 3 players didn't do anything. Sean Marks, widely regarded as the worst player in the NBA, outscored the entire Wolves starting perimeter rotation. That is notable. That is disturbing. That is the story of tonight's game.
Other items of note:
The Blazers came out looking to destroy Kevin Love. They did it. While he ended up with a double double, he did so with cheaply assigned rebounds (I counted at least 2 rebounds that shouldn't have been counted) and nothing else at all. Tonight, he wasn't close to an All Star. Tonight, there was nothing real to cheer about. I'm one of the biggest Love fans out there but I'm done with the double/double streak. It's lipstick on a pig at this point.
Well folks, that about does it. Something really amazing happened during tonight's game. The Wolves had 3 starters who didn't do jack shit and...well, there's no way to dress it up.
Every now and then I write something incredibly stupid. This:
They did it. While he ended up with a double double, he did so with cheaply assigned rebounds (I counted at least 2 rebounds that shouldn't have been counted) and nothing else at all.
Was incredibly stupid. First, the guy has earned the benefit of the doubt on some non calls. Second, it simply isn't true in the case where i thought he was incorrectly assigned a rebound. In real time it appeared that he was given a rebound on a play where a foul was called. It wasn't:
Also, I queued up every rebound in the game and it was legit. I was completely in the wrong to suggest otherwise and instead of making a point about how I'm tired of hearing about the streak during the end of blowouts where he dogs it, I went with something that was incorrect and that draws away from the main point.