Kevin Love's career-high 43 points not enough as Timberwolves fall to Nuggets

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Carmelo Anthony scored 24 points and had a key block to help the Denver Nuggets withstand Kevin Love's career-high 43-point performance for a 115-113 victory over the Timberwolves on Saturday night.

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fracas

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The negative posters will be on in a few minutes to tell you that a) it was just another in a long line of losses, b) Love's stats don't matter, c) Rambis was outcoached, d) the wolves don't play defense, or e) the Wolves pissed the game away with turnovers. All true, except for b).

The truth is Love played great, scoring 43 on 23 shots with only 2 turnovers. Yes, he will not be confused with Bill Russell, or even Miss Kitty Russell (Gunsmoke), on defense, but he is a killer on the offensive end of the floor.

The Hard Truth was knocking Koufos yesterday but Koufos played as well as an inexperienced second year player could play, with 10 boards and 3 blocks in about 20 minutes. As I said yesterday, Koufos is better than Pec and should be getting Pec's minutes even when Pec comes back.

So, yes it was another in a long string of losses, that is true. But look at the VAST improvement that this team has made since last year. Here they are, playing the fourth road game in five nights, the second game of a back to back, hopelessly out of the playoffs........and still competing hard right to the end. Give them credit for that. Better days are ahead and it will be fun to watch this team grow.
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just another day in loserville...
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fracas wrote:
The negative posters will be on in a few minutes to tell you that a) it was just another in a long line of losses, b) Love's stats don't matter, c) Rambis was outcoached, d) the wolves don't play defense, or e) the Wolves **** the game away with turnovers. All true, except for b).
The truth is Love played great, scoring 43 on 23 shots with only 2 turnovers. Yes, he will not be confused with Bill Russell, or even Miss Kitty Russell (Gunsmoke), on defense, but he is a killer on the offensive end of the floor.
The Hard Truth was knocking Koufos yesterday but Koufos played as well as an inexperienced second year player could play, with 10 boards and 3 blocks in about 20 minutes. As I said yesterday, Koufos is better than Pec and should be getting Pec's minutes even when Pec comes back.
So, yes it was another in a long string of losses, that is true. But look at the VAST improvement that this team has made since last year. Here they are, playing the fourth road game in five nights, the second game of a back to back, hopelessly out of the playoffs........and still competing hard right to the end. Give them credit for that. Better days are ahead and it will be fun to watch this team grow.
Wait, I'm not the only Timberwolves fan left? Yes! If we judge this team merely on victories then a lot of people are going to be disappointed. But I'm on the same page as you. Let's continue to look at the good things the Wolves have. Kevin Love continues to do something amazing every other week this season and it's been awesome to watch. Michael Beasley has cooled off lately but he was hot in the second half. Martell Webster should be our starting 2-guard and given 40 minutes a game. I know he's great off the bench but he's our best wing besides Beast. Jonny Flynn is working back into shape and I can't wait till Ridnour is on the bench again. Darko is playing well too, but needs to be more consistant.

I hope they keep playing hard. The 1-2 minute lapses on defense kill us every game. These guys will learn to play hard on every play eventually. Hang in there Wolf fans. The best is yet to come!

Oh and before you can say it Seeker...

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just another day in drivelville...
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Dec 19, 2010
 
K Love is having a breakout year. And so is Michael Beasley. See you boys Monday in LA. The Clippers have their own breakout star. Blake Griffin. A power forward match up against Kevin Love not to be missed. Two rebounding machines. Hope you all get to see it on your TV screens there loserville. lolzzzzzzz.... I'll be in the Arena
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fracas wrote:
The negative posters will be on in a few minutes to tell you that a) it was just another in a long line of losses, b) Love's stats don't matter, c) Rambis was outcoached, d) the wolves don't play defense, or e) the Wolves **** the game away with turnovers. All true, except for b).
The truth is Love played great, scoring 43 on 23 shots with only 2 turnovers. Yes, he will not be confused with Bill Russell, or even Miss Kitty Russell (Gunsmoke), on defense, but he is a killer on the offensive end of the floor.
The Hard Truth was knocking Koufos yesterday but Koufos played as well as an inexperienced second year player could play, with 10 boards and 3 blocks in about 20 minutes. As I said yesterday, Koufos is better than Pec and should be getting Pec's minutes even when Pec comes back.
So, yes it was another in a long string of losses, that is true. But look at the VAST improvement that this team has made since last year. Here they are, playing the fourth road game in five nights, the second game of a back to back, hopelessly out of the playoffs........and still competing hard right to the end. Give them credit for that. Better days are ahead and it will be fun to watch this team grow.
I agree, Koufos proved me wrong, and there is nothing I want more than to be proved wrong in the areas where I harbor doubts. I've said it before, and I'll say it again: I like this team. Something is definitely wrong with the point guard play and the inability to defend the three speaks to something more than a deficiency in athleticism. Let's see how these gross deficiencies get redressed and celebrate the fact that this team is young and growing. This is not about stats, it's about character, chemistry, and growth. The real pleasure this year is finding out if Rambis can mix and match, or if we even have the correct pieces to mix and match.

Let me put it another way: who would you give up on if you had to dump somebody on this team? Ridenour, perhaps. Bassy, perhaps. But not for certain in either case. The simple truth is that almost everyone here has room to grow, including the coach. I think we've got a fun young team.
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Seeker, get a life!!
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Just set up this article as: T-Wolves lose to__________ and fill in the blank after EVERY game! ;-(
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Dec 19, 2010
 
corey brewer to knicks for danilo gallinari.
wolves get a shooter and knicks get to drop brewer after the season to go after carmello.
get on it mr kahn.
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clueless wrote:
corey brewer to knicks for danilo gallinari.
wolves get a shooter and knicks get to drop brewer after the season to go after carmello.
get on it mr kahn.
LOL. I don't think the Knicks go for your "deal". Gallinari is a MUCH better player than Brewer, plus, if we were to get Gallinari where do we play him? You can't play either Beasley or Gallinari anywhere but small forward (OK, you can play Beasley at PF when you go "small", but not for any great length of time).

I "enjoy" your trades. I haven't seen you post one for quite some time. You should spend your time trying to figure out a trade to get rid of Flynn, Ridnour, Telfair, and Pekovic as well. None of these four should be any part of "our" future plans.

By the way, Carmelo isn't going to come here. If he leaves Denver he is going to go to a media center. The Knicks are his most likely destination.

Set your sights a little lower. Find us a decent point guard with enough quickness to stay in front of someone on defense, and able to penetrate into the lane and dish. Lawson..... Felton...... you get the idea.
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What a worthless f. ing sport!!!!!!!!!
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When does Love get to test the free agency market?
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Tonight match up Griffin vs Love. I am little bit concerned for our weakest defender.
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How many years have we needed a true, serviceable point guard and a decent center? We get out-muscled and cough it up too much every game. K-Love is gonna get killed out there. He needs help before there's nothing left of him. Where's Telfair been? We had a few wins where he was starting. Certainly, he is not the future, but he seems like he can at least not cough it up like Flynn or make asinine decisions like Ridnour.
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He's a statstuffer on a bad team, next rodman my ass...
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fracas wrote:
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LOL. I don't think the Knicks go for your "deal". Gallinari is a MUCH better player than Brewer, plus, if we were to get Gallinari where do we play him? You can't play either Beasley or Gallinari anywhere but small forward (OK, you can play Beasley at PF when you go "small", but not for any great length of time).
I "enjoy" your trades. I haven't seen you post one for quite some time. You should spend your time trying to figure out a trade to get rid of Flynn, Ridnour, Telfair, and Pekovic as well. None of these four should be any part of "our" future plans.
By the way, Carmelo isn't going to come here. If he leaves Denver he is going to go to a media center. The Knicks are his most likely destination.
Set your sights a little lower. Find us a decent point guard with enough quickness to stay in front of someone on defense, and able to penetrate into the lane and dish. Lawson..... Felton...... you get the idea.
said the knicks can then go after free agent carmello, not wolvies
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Dec 21, 2010
 
could then trade beasly to clippers for jack squat and the rights to wolves pick back after next season.

or beasley, love and another for kamen, wolves pick back and clippers first this season

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