Couldn't "bear" anymore; Wolves demolished 102-84

Pretty good pun, eh?

It’s hard to really describe what even happened tonight. The Wolves actually came out a played a competitive half in the first, even though the Grizzlies maintained a steady 8-point lead for most of the half. But for the most part we were still in it.

That was until the second half started.

The Wolves came out deathly stagnated, failing to get anything moving and/or motivated. The Grizzlies came out of the tunnel at the other end of the spectrum, completely suffocating the Wolves’ offense with stifling defense and a relentless offensive attack.

This game wasn’t worth my time, and neither is the write up. I left the game with 2:27 left in the third and I’m leaving this recap right now.

Feel free to comment on tonight’s atrosity.

Quick note: Kevin Love completed his double-double tonight giving him 34 consecutively. Whoopdee-doo.

About Jonah Steinmeyer

Been a Wolves fan for probably way too long to be considered a sane human anymore. An avid golfer in my free time. I cheer for Minnesota sports but live in Florida.

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pinottij
pinottij

Right! I agree that Scola and Milsap are near equals, but I don't think you would get most of Wolves nation to agree with that. So then the conversation is: How much do we pay this guy? Do we max out a guy who is a "near-equal" to Milsap and Scola? Will he take less than the max? Even with a new CBA I can't imagine a max contract is something we want to spend on a guy of Love's caliber. I think Love is a perfect complimentary player, but if we pay him like a top 10-15 player then we are setting ourselves up to be the Memphis Grizzlies in two years.

JSteinmeyer
JSteinmeyer

Z-Bo didn't drop that line just on Love; Pek is due for a lot of that blame too. Oh, Boris Diaw. He only scored 22 because he put up a billion shots that game. The other two? Sure, it's probably a mix of both Love's bad D and going up against a "near-equal" match-up.@pinottij

kgformvp21
kgformvp21

I was just gonna talk about Boris Diaw.

pinottij
pinottij

Didn't Z-Bo drop 22/13 on him last night? And it didn't look like he played a whole lot in the 4th Also even more disturbing than Z-Bo was Paul Milsap going for 30/9 and Luis Scola dropping 26 on us. Two players that most people would say are worse than Love actually outplayed him that is what I don't like about Love is he will have this solid box score but we loose and Boris Diaw some how has 22 points @JSteinmeyer

pinottij
pinottij

Didn't Z-Bo drop 22/13 on him last night? And it didn't look like he played a whole lot in the 4th Also even more disturbing than Z-Bo was Paul Milsap going for 30/9 and Luis Scola dropping 26 on us. Two players that most people would say are worse than Love actually outplayed him that is what I don't like about Love is he will have this solid box score but we loose and Boris Diaw some how has 22 points

JSteinmeyer
JSteinmeyer

Well, yeah, we all know Love's interior D is suspect, but it's improving. He'll never be a shot-blocking ball-hawk, but his hustle and energy is enough to at least compete. Low-post scorers are going to hurt Love often, but who knows for how long.

kgformvp21
kgformvp21

I feel that love gets beat alot of D. Aldridge always lights him up and it seems other fowards who he will gaurd seem to score alot more than they should agaisnt him.

JSteinmeyer
JSteinmeyer

Why so down on Love's D? He actually played very well against Randolph inside, who's one of the NBA's best down-low. @pinottij

pinottij
pinottij

I would even take Love over Z-Bo, I'm just saying I don't think Love can really be much better than a Z-Bo because neither player plays a lick of defense and Love can't take a game down-low like Z-Bo can. That's kind of my unfortunate case against Love. As for Gay I would not make the deal, as it stands I don't know how much better he is than Beasley and I think Beasley has greater upside than Gay and will probably sign for less (under the current CBA I'd guess 5/50)

JSteinmeyer
JSteinmeyer

I agree with you that the Wolves could use someone better than Gay. But he looked goooood. I don't know if it was because Brewer's weaker because Brewer is one of the most meddling perimeter defenders in the league. That didn't shake Gay in any sort of way. Z-Bo is more of a teammate, but who really knows if he's put his past fully behind him?@kgformvp21

kgformvp21
kgformvp21

Heck no! We need a player in minnesota that is better than Rudy Gay. And to be honest the Wolves deserve a better player. I belive Gay only looked real impressive tonight because he was going up a much weaker Corey Brewer. To add.. its nice to see zach randolph turning his game around from when he was younger, seems to be much more of a teammate and not a gangsta like he was.

JSteinmeyer
JSteinmeyer

I was referring to Love's tremendous hustle and energy, BTW @JSteinmeyer

JSteinmeyer
JSteinmeyer

Z-Bo-Love comparison is completely viable. You're right that Love rebounds at a higher rate, but the real difference to me is the energy and hustle each person puts into their game. That level is much higher than Randolphs but he still manages to put up great numbers with that refined post game and brutal physicality underneath. It was disappointing to see Rudy Gay go off tonight just for the fact that we looked at him in free agency. He looked phenomenal tonight. Let me pose this question: Knowing what you do now, would you have offered Rudy Gay the max last Summer to come play in Minny? Interesting question to ponder...@pinottij

pinottij
pinottij

This is just one of those games that highlights our still deficiencies. Z-Bo made K-Love look not like an All-Star, I still think that is a pretty fair comparison for Love, obviously he rebounds at a little higher clip than Z-Bo does but Z-Bo is a much more proficient post player, and I think he had the double double record for last year.