APR 4, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love (42) drives to the basket in the first half against Golden State Warriors at Target Center. The Warriors defeat the Wolves 97-94. Mandatory Credit: Marilyn Indahl-US PRESSWIRE
Timberwolves and Hornet are playing for pride in the Big Easy.
With the losses stacking up, Minnesota has lost touch with the tight Western Conference playoff race. As Canis Hoopus mentions, there is nothing to do but look toward the future for Timberwolves' fans at this point.
We are playing out the string right now. There will be no more magical unicorn sightings this year. There will be no playoff push ... but thankfully, no tanking either. The injuries and brutal March schedule were just too much for this team to overcome. I get that. I've accepted it. I knew it in my heart the moment we got the news on Rubio. It's okay. I know I've seen real, honest-to-goodness progress this year and am excited about this team's future.
That said, last night's game against an actual opponent (for narrative purposes, let's call them the Golden Low Hanging Fruities) highlighted some areas of concern that remain unaddressed. One of those is our complete lack of even average production from the starting wing positions. Another is our need to complete the holy front court trinity of Love-Pek-? with a defensive beast to prowl the middle.
The game is scheduled to tip off at 8:00 p.m. ET.