Recap: Magic 111, Wolves 103

07Nov07

For this game recap, I’m going to do a less formal write-up. The Wolves lost their third straight game, and are still winless, but each game has been exciting, and the Wolves have had a shot to win each as well. Instead of a write-up, here are my key thoughts. Feel free to share yours in the comments.

*Jefferson is the go-to guy – Kevin Garnett was never thought of as a clutch guy in Minnesota, and since the season started, people have wondered who gets the ball in the fourth. Well, I can tell you that the guy is Al Jefferson. With the Wolves down double-digits, Jefferson scored 12 points in the fourth to get the Wolves back into the game.

*Jefferson is still a beast – Aside from being awesome in the fourth quarter, Jefferson had a nice overall game. He did get into a little foul trouble that limited him to 35 minutes, but played well nonetheless. In his 35 minutes, Jefferson scored 25 points and collected 10 rebounds to give him his third double-double in as many games.

*Greg Who? – When we traded Hassel for Buck, he was thought to be the main buy-out candidate. Well, he has proven that he is just as good if not better than Hassel so far. Aside from his defense (7th in the league in steals), Buck has averaged double-digits and scored 18 in this game.

*Jaric fun to watch? – Surprisingly, I actually enjoyed watching Marko Jaric. If he could play like this all the time, I’d love to keep him on the team. He finished the game with 10 points and 10 assists, and handled the game well. Plus, he even hit some clutch shots.

*Brewer good and bad – Corey Brewer made some nice shots, and played pretty well on defense. The one negative was him forcing shots. There were three that I can think of that looked terrible. Mainly because he wasn’t open…

*No Theo – Theo Ratliff was expected to play, and could have helped guard Howard. But, he missed the game with the flu, and Jefferson had to guard Howard most of the time. Plus, when he didn’t we were overmatched with Gomes on him. Howard had pretty similar numbers to Jefferson anyways.

*Bad perimeter D – The main negative so far this season on defense is the perimeter defense. This continued against the Magic, and Lewis made seven three-pointers. There are far to many open shots, and I’m not even sure how to fix it.

*Rashad Hurt – McCants twisted his ankle in the first. This recap is a day late, so I can now say that he is day-to-day, and should play Saturday if everything goes well. The bad thing was that he already had 8 points after a quarter…

*Good crowd – I loved to hear the crowd get loud in the fourth, and boo loudly on a few terrible calls. I hope they stick around all season.

*Played Hard – Finally, one thing I’ve loved about this team is that they play hard and play until the finish. We were down by double-digits with five minutes left, and went on a 14-0 run to get back into the game. It was fun to watch even with the loss.

There are more things I could talk about, but these are the keys. What are your thoughts on the season so far, and this game in particular?

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