Print your playoff tickets, Timberwolves fans, the Wolves win 106-85 over the Bucks of Milwaukee.
I had the privilege of attending this evening's game and I am doing my inaugural game recap for this site.
First off, here's the Box Score off of ESPN to get the statistics.
Now to the recap, for things you care about pertaining to the game:
- Al Jefferson continues to look tough in the post. He had 24 and 12. If you're not accustomed to my expectation, I won't heap praise on Jefferson for those numbers. I expect 18-25 and 10-15 every night. HOWEVER, he did it on 9-12 shooting, which deserves praise. What can't you see from the box score? He played excellent D tonight on Charlie Villanueva, who has a dangerous inside-out game and he also passed better out of the double team tonight than he did on Tuesday night against the Pacers. I'm also McLovin' the 10 free throw attempts in 30 minutes.
- Theophilus (yes, that's his name) Ratliff hopped in his DeLorean, hit the pedal to 88 mph, and turned the dial back to 2001 on 6-8 shooting. It's nice to have a center playing center after a season and a half of Mark Blount moonlighting as a shooting guard that can't dribble, rebound or play D. He had several blocks, the most notable of which was a two-handed rejection of a full-speed (and out-of-nowhere ripped!) Daniel Gadzuric. Although I think 13 points is more than we should expect from him, watch for smart, blue-collar play out of the center position when he's in the game.
- I am no Rashad McCants apologist, but he had a good game that goes beyond the statistics. His shots were mostly smart-open looks or created shots in one-on-one situations. His four turnovers were probably all easily preventable (including a two on one fast break where he tried to do a behind-the-back-pass-fake-layup that was stolen).
- In the limited time Brewer was on Michael Redd, he did an excellent job. Redd did hit a three in Brewer's face, but he's Michael Redd. Brewer played good transition defense and his four steals were more the product of him than bad offensive play by the Bucks. He did have a couple of rookie turnovers.
- For those with Ryan Gomes' crushes, it got more attractive tonight. He's the type of player that can spread the defense and defender's have to pay constant attention to him because he moves around a lot. He brings a serious inside-out threat and, if he's not paid attention to, he'll sneak by post players for an offensive board on missed jumpers.
- Bassy looked better than Foye tonight at point.
- Gerald Green continues to look as scared and lost as a sophomore in high school whose girlfriend just uttered the phrase, "I'm pregnant." He should be worried that his future is about as unsure as that sophomore right now, too.
- Toine Walker (I think "Hot Pudgy" is a good nickname) was in the building in his suit. Doleac either (a) was not or (b) I just didn't see him (possible). I read in one of SG's news post's links that Doleac and Walker were to report, Simien was not. Is Doleac one of the cuts? We still need to shave this thing down.
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