Upon hearing the devastating news of potentially playing the rest of the season out without superstar Kevin Love, it only seems natural to grow disinterested and hopeless in this young team. That is until Kurt Rambis unleashed one of the rawest, most intriguing prospects on this team: Anthony Randolph.
Randolph set a career high in points last night with 31 points with 11 rebounds in his replacement performance for Love, and proved my point on exactly why this guy should be getting more burn. The issue lies in Rambis’ rotation; finding minutes for three centers and two power forwards isn’t easy, but that’s where priority steps in. And the new priority, which we quickly learned last night, is developing Randolph into a dynamic young player.
As for the game, you have to admit this was one of the more admirable efforts the Wolves have given since the break. Without their star, Love, it seemed as if they were as good as dead, but some good performances from reserves like Randolph and even Jonny Flynn made this game entertaining all the way until the end. But in the end, the Mavs just have too much firepower for the Wolves to hang with in the clutch. Guys like Nowitzki and Terry are just too strong and clutch for the Wolves to go bucket-to-bucket with.
I apologize ahead of time for the lack of details in the recap; I only caught the second half and had a whole lot to do. Same goes for tonight, but I’ll do my best to catch what I can and post my thoughts, so stay posted.
Tonight’s tilt features the Wolves in Oklahoma City facing the Thunder. Needless to say the Wolves’ chances aren’t more than next to minimum, but with Randolph’s emergence, things could get interesting.