Guys, we’ve almost made it. After 23 weeks and 80 games, the finish line is finally in sight. Even though the end to a season is usually cause for a somber moment, few will shed a tear once the Wolves season is completed.
A season that started with cause for optimism slowly devolved into a chase for a high lottery pick. Whether it was Flip’s questionable lineup decisions, a barrage of injuries, or signing a guy simply because he was in close proximity to New York, the Wolves season ludicrous free fall has left them tied with New York in the cellar of the NBA, with 2 games remaining.
Anthony Bennett – Indigestion, too many BLT’s (Unlikely to return this season)
Nikola Pekovic – Retired to pursue career in ice fishing (Will not return this season)
Kevin Garnett – Banged his head into the stanchion one too many times (Doubtful for Monday)
Gorgui Dieng – Couldn’t risk playing him, we really need to lose these last few games (Questionable for Monday)
Shabazz Muhammad – Inconsolable about the fact he has two z’s in his first name, yet none in his last name. (Will not return this season)
Ricky Rubio – Looks mighty fine in a sport coat (Will not return)
Gary Neal – Who? Oh yeah, that guy! The one who made those threes in the Finals for the Spurs that one time! Why did we trade for him again? (Unlikely to return)
Robbie Hummel – Still thinking long and hard about coming out with that rap album (Questionable for Monday)
Andrew Wiggins – Don’t worry about him, he’s just fine, thank you very much. Not like he’s been run into the ground or anything. (Perfectly fine, will play Monday)
Last Week: Opponents 448, Wolves 401
An 0-4 week has brought the Wolves current losing streak to an even 10 games, the longest current streak in the league. There were a few occurrences of note, including Martin’s 37 against Sacramento, Wiggins pair of 29 point games, and LaVine’s Twolves rookie record 37 at Oracle Arena, but otherwise it was just business as usual for the worst team in the West.
This play by Wiggins, however, was awesome.
— MN Timberwolves (@MNTimberwolves) April 11, 2015
So yeah, this Wiggins kid is pretty fun to watch. Combined with LaVine, Rubio, and a top-5 pick in the draft, The Wolves have a bright future ahead of them. Unfortunately, that doesn’t make the product currently on the floor any more competitive.
The Final 2 Games:
Game 81: Monday, 4/13, 7pm – New Orleans Pelicans vs. Timberpups (TV: None)
Finally, a winnable game! Ha, you thought I was serious. Well, the Pelicans are tied for the final playoff spot in the West and are going to need a win Monday to stay on top of the Thunder, so you can bet they are going to come out in full force.
Opponent to Watch – Anthony Davis (Alien Overlord)
I, for one, welcome our new supreme leader, and am already sporting a unibrow to mark the occasion. We come in peace, Mr. Davis, please do not hurt us. We will pay heed to of your commands, and will let you score all of the points you wish.
Game 82: Wednesday, 4/15, 7pm – Oklahoma City Westbrook’s vs. Timberpups (TV: FSNorth)
Thankfully, for the Wolves season finale, they face a team with nothing to play for. Wait a second, they’re playing the Thunder? The same Thunder that are tied with the Pelicans and more than likely need a win on Wednesday? Well…
Player to Watch – Russell Westbrook (Superhuman)
Fresh off a matchup with alien overlord Anthony Davis, the Wolves will face the equally terrifying superhuman Russell Westbrook. In the absence of Kevin Durant, Westbrook has had to carry the load for the Thunder, and he does it with a variety of different techniques. He could hit you with his superior strength, speed, athleticism, or all three, if he so chooses. You must not anger Mr. Westbrook, for if you do, he will tear you apart into thousands of tiny little pieces, and you will never hear from him again.
It’s been a long, agonizing season, but there have been a fair share of moments filled with excitement, hope, and optimism. The Wolves final games may be devoid of all of that, as they face 2 teams that are desperately grasping at the chance to attain that final playoff spot out West. The future is bright, but this week, a stampede is approaching Target Center, and the Wolves might be best to just get out of the way.