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Bucks 130, Wolves 105: Matinee Malaise

Time for happy hour.

Milwaukee Bucks v Minnesota Timberwolves Photo by Jordan Johnson/NBAE via Getty Images

For the second time in as many days, the Minnesota Timberwolves took the court for a rare matinee game, and for the second time in as many days, the Minnesota Timberwolves got blown off said court by their opponent.

Rather than break things down using my standard “The Good” and “The Bad” structure, let’s just call a spade a spade — these last two days of basketball were absolutely terrible, and there’s very little that can be taken away, analyzed, or whatever from the last 24+ hours of Target Center “entertainment.” If you’re a sucker for punishment, here’s a quick link to today’s box score (although I’d advise you to not look at it while on a public computer because it’s NSFW).

In reality, with everything going on right now with both this team and this city, my expectations for these last two afternoon games were basically near or at rock bottom (which is a place us Wolves fans have spent a majority of our fall/winter and now spring). Not to make excuses (I promise), but everything non-basketball related that has unfolded since Sunday night’s impressive wire-to-wire victory over the Chicago Bulls has zapped the energy and momentum out of the players, the franchise, and if we’re being honest — probably the fans as well.

I personally thought the Wolves looked really fun and feisty against Zach LaVine and the Bulls over the weekend, but between the events that took place Sunday night in Brooklyn Center and the emotional roller coaster Karl-Anthony Towns endured this week during the one-year anniversary of his mother’s death due to COVID-19, basketball just hasn’t seemed at the forefront of many peoples’ minds, myself included.

If you haven’t had a chance to read it yet, I was extremely proud of what our very own Josh Clement wrote earlier this week on the latest senseless tragedy to take place in Minneapolis, and despite Anthony Edwards getting a majority of the national attention yesterday for his postgame comments about Alex Rodriguez, I thought it was the words of one Josh Okogie that really stood out and needed to be amplified on a bigger stage:

Again, not to make excuses, but this just hasn’t been a big “sports week” for anyone associated with this team — from players to fans and everywhere in-between.

Karl-Anthony Towns is expected to rejoin his teammates for Friday night’s home game against General Soreness and his troops, and if the Wolves get punked for a third straight game, then it’s more than appropriate to turn the screws on this team (yet again) and discuss their embarrassing performance. But for just today, I think I speak for a large segment of people when I say the best remedy during a time like this is to simply put the last few “contests” behind us, get something good to eat, pour a nice glass (or four) of red wine, recollect my thoughts, and pick things up again tomorrow.

Before I let you go though, I’d like to selfishly use this platform for something much lighter (yet pretty important to me personally). My fiancée attended her LASIK pre-op appointment earlier this morning, and I was just curious if any of you in the Canis Community™ have gone through refractive eye surgery.

If so, what were your biggest takeaways? Tips? Thoughts? We are both fairly anxious people by nature, so like many others, any type of “surgery” spooks the hell out of me, but I was hoping to get a few pointers or words of advice (or encouragement!) that I can pass along to her prior to her scheduling the actual surgery. Any and all comments are welcome!

Have a great rest of your Wednesday, stay safe, and be well!

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