Fresh off an early morning TiVO viewing, here are my thoughts on the Wolves' season opener...
1. This team is fun to watch!
When this game began, I really wasn't sure what to expect. We were facing a Nuggets team that should be in the post-season and features big names like Allen Iverson and Carmelo Anthony. The Wolves, on the other hand, were basically composed of youngsters and veterans who had been tossed aside. The optimistic part of me wanted to believe we'd play harder than the Nuggets and hustle our way to a victory. The realist inside of me thought we were horribly outmatched and were due for our first home opener loss since before the Kevin Garnett era.
In actuality, this game was a little bit of both. There were times when the Wolves play was a thing of beauty. The offense was flowing with good passes and smart shots. The defense held strong and the Wolves cleaned up the boards. And then there were times when our inexperience was fully on display as the Thuggets, er Nuggets, completely overpowered us. Regardless, this is clearly the most fun Wolves team we've gotten to watch in years. We've finally got an inside game going - something we've haven't had for over a decade. We've also got a fair amount of players who can stroke the three in McCants, Buckner, and occasionally Gomes and Telfair. But perhaps the most fun part of watching this team is that they just make you feel good when they're playing well. When guy who have been tossed aside and criticized for so long like Ratliff, Telfair, and McCants start making things happen on the court, it's exciting.
I might be getting ahead of myself here, but there were times during the first three quarters where this team made me thing, "The playoffs aren't out of the question". They would make me debate between, "Is it better to be an 8th seed, or take our lumps this year and add another top rookie to our roster?". After what we've been through the past three years, the fact that I can have those thoughts is a very good thing.