Times Like These: Timberwolves at Hornets Preview

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Kevin Love and Anthony Davis chum it up with Team USA last summer, but face each other as opponents for the first time tonight.

Where: New Orleans

When: 7pm

See It: FSN

Hear It: WCCO-AM 830

I won’t lie, I really don’t feel like writing about basketball right now. Something about talking about something like sports just doesn’t seem right at this point. Maybe it’s because I spend too much time on Twitter where you can get news in an instant, for better or worse. Today, it’s probably for the worse. I don’t even have to mention what I’m talking about, and you know what I’m referring to. I don’t even have kids, or family in Connecticut, and yet, I’m affected by this, if only as a human being.

Again, I really don’t feel like talking about basketball, and the thought of linking this piece seems almost insensitive, although that is far from my intention.

But then I remember why sports can be helpful in times like these. Going to a game or watching a game serves as a good distraction for a couple hours. I think back to the first Wolves game I went to with my Dad, and think back to the great time we had about the game, and I’m reminded that sports help bring us together, even if the interest isn’t necessarily a shared one. Ultimately, it’s the same thing if you’re at home on the couch, catching up with your friends.

For a few hours, the only things that really matter are the score, who on God’s green earth is going to play shooting guard and when the next time the peanut vendor is going to pass by your section again.

No, sports don’t matter in the grand scheme of things, but there are times when you need something else but the “real world” to get lost in for just a little bit. After this, I think I’m going to disconnect from things like Twitter. Or at least try to. I’m looking forward to watching Kevin Love against Anthony Davis, Eric Gordon looking like a bargain and marveling at how bad Austin Rivers has been so far. I’m really looking forward to what it’ll look like when the league’s 28th best offense (New Orleans) looks like when it faces the NBA’s 4th best defense (Minnesota).

It may not truly matter, but things like a basketball game on a Friday night are one of the little things that make getting out of bed worth it. It doesn’t do you any good to dwell on something so saddening and heartbreaking, anyway. That’s not to say to forget about it, or that it’s insensitive or indecent to think about other things right now, either. Tonight, I’m saying thank God for sports, and maybe we can get back to talking about Ricky Rubio’s return and a hopeful playoff run soon.

Projected Starting Fives: 

Luke Ridnour — PG — Grievis Vasquez

Anthony Peeler — SG — Austin Rivers (Seriously?)

Andrei Kirilenko — SF — Al-Faroq Aminu

Kevin Lopez — PF — Anthony Davis

Nikola Pekovic — C — Robin Lopez (Ok, seriously, Monty?!)

Injury Note: No Malcolm Lee tonight (knee) and Josh Howard is questionable (Illness).

About Derek James

In addition to writing for Howlin' T-Wolf, Derek James writes about basketball Hardwood Paroxysm in the ESPN TrueHoop Network and covers the Charlotte Bobcats for SB Nation’s Rufus on Fire. Andray Blatche and Isaiah Rider follow him on Twitter.

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