T-Wolves -vs- Boston Celtics (2.08.08)
If we could only win ONE game this entire NBA season, tonight’s game was the game I would have wanted us to win. It was a wild and entertaining ending to a very memorable night. Alas, as we all know, the ending was a heartbreaker. Leon Powe scored the put back bucket as time expired, to give the Celtics the 88-86 victory over our young TimberCeltics. We probably should have lost regardless, as Ray Allen was hacked pretty badly on his final shot with time winding down. Fortunately for Celtics faithful, Powe was in position to grab the rebound and quickly layed it back in for the win. If Powe wouldn’t have made the basket, I would agree with anyone stating that Jesus Shuttlesworth deserved to shoot free throws for getting hacked on his shot. With that said, I still think the Wolves deserved to win the game, based on how the two teams competed for the majority of the game. The Celtics came out flat and appeared to be coasting through much of the game. The Wolves were hustling and playing very hard, as you could tell they desperately wanted this win. Either way, we lost another thriller to the Boston Celtics this season. That’s probably why they have the best record in the NBA, and we have 10 wins.
KG’s return stirred some mixed emotions. First off, it was pretty cool to see him again. I thought maybe we’d all clap and cheer and that would be it. However, as soon as he walked out onto the court I got goosebumps. I couldn’t hear a single person booing him, nor did I see anyone *not* cheering for KG, as some had hypothesized might happen. I had wondered if KG would just come out for this introduction because he was obligated, or because he truly did care about the fans here in ‘Sota? Would he stare at the ground and wait for the cheering to be over, or would he acknowledge the fans? After seeing a replay at home, it appeared like some tears were welling up in KG’s eyes. It was an incredible moment. KG looked genuinely happy to see everyone while waving and looking around. KG displayed emotion… but in a touching way. It’s been a while since we fans have seen that here in Minnesota. Even though he was not able to play in the game as most fans had desired, it was still decent closure to the KG era. I think it will help a lot of fans to move on and eventually get behind the new youngsters on our squad.
A few things that I didn’t like about how they did KG’s appearance/tribute: 1) They did it too early in the introductions. Due to the unnatural conditions of the walkways and entrances in Target Center (aka an actual sellout), people were still trying to file in when KG walked out onto the court. There were quite a few empty seats, because many people had not been able to get to their seats in time. That was a shame, and I wish they could have waited a little longer. However, I do understand that it’s not easy (or usually allowed) to switch around the player introductions and a game start time. 2) Couldn’t they have allowed the fans to clap and cheer for more than one measly minute? I mean, come on. Seriously? We could have cheered for him longer if they wouldn’t have ushered him off the court. Then again, I guess this goes back to actually starting the game on time. Would anyone really have cared if the game started five minutes later? Perhaps the TV people might have cared I guess. Regardless, it was a good appearance, but it just seemed sort of rushed. Also, they didn’t really announce it too well, as KG just suddenly appeared walking out of the tunnel before anyone really knew what was happening. I guess I’m nit-picking though. It was certainly much better than him not making the trip at all. Last thing about KG, there were infinitely more Boston KG jerseys than Minnesota KG jerseys. I just thought that was pretty interesting.
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