Well, there it was. 31-51. The best non-KG season in franchise history. Yes, for all of you young'uns who weren't of sporting consciousness in the late 80s/early 90s, this year's Wolves team is a full 2 games better than 1990/91 Wolves led by Bill Musselman. They did so with a full bazillion man games lost to injury.
According to a quick excel calculation (which, when performed incorrectly, can help wreck the economy) your favorite professional basketball squad lost a grand total of 354 games to injuries. This includes 127 games to 4 members of the starting 5 (Kevin Love: 64, Ricky Rubio: 25, Andrei Kirilenko: 18, Nikola Pekovic: 20).
Despite all of this beyond-the-normal-sort-of-every-team-has-to-deal-with-it-injuries, the Wolves managed to crash land the plane on the runway in a way we haven't seen in these parts in quite some time:
To put this April in perspective, here is what we've had to watch to close out the season during the last few campaigns:
- 2011/12: 1-12.
- 2010/11: 0-7.
- 2009/10: 0-7.
- 2008/09: 3-4.
- 2007/08: 3-7.
- 2006/07: 2-8.
- 2005/06: 3-7.
- 2004/05: 6-4.
Two Half Men (via E6)
The Timberwolves' two-time All-Star along with starting small forward Andrei Kirilenko missed Saturday's preseason return to Target Center -- an 82-75 victory over the Chicago Bulls -- because of a suddenly sore right elbow.
Love didn't bang it or hyperextend it while playing only the first quarter Friday in Indianapolis. No, he instead slept with his right arm extended off his bed all night Friday and when he awoke Saturday morning, he said he could barely lift a basketball.
"I couldn't shoot it 10 feet," he said.
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"I don't know who labels people stars, but even [T'wolves owner] Glen Taylor said: I don't think Kevin Love is a star, because he hasn't led us to the playoffs," Love told Yahoo! Sports. "I mean, it's not like I had much support out there.
"That's a tough pill to swallow."
No, Kevin Love isn't over Taylor and GM David Kahn refusing him what he had earned. He isn't over Kahn marching into the trainer's room after a loss and thrusting a contract offer sheet into his hands. Where else does it work that way in the NBA? "I'm not the one to always follow professional protocol – but I do know what it is, even at 24 years old," Love says.
- The inexplicable failure of this franchise to get a functional 2 guard.
- 3 pointers: A wolf's worst enemy.
- Know your Wolves meme.
- What to do with David Kahn (hopefully he'll be gone by the time I finish this one)
- Player record reviews