The Wolves played two games at Smoothie King Center this year. They lost the first matchup in November by a franchise worst 48 points. It was an embarrassing, pathetic, and all-around shameful effort from a team that came into the season with the goal of at least being a competitive force in the daunting Western Conference.
When the Wolves made their second and final trip of the season to New Orleans last night, they were, at the very least, mediocre. They didn’t completely crap the bed, so I guess you can give them credit for that. Still, they lost by 22 points, which is technically an improvement.
Overall, the Wolves were outscored by a count of 179-249 in their two visits to Smoothie King Center. That’s an average of 35 points! By any metric, whether it’s PER or anything else, that is bad. Really bad.
Just how bad were the Wolves in their visits to New Orleans? I’ll present the stats below, but if you get queasy easily, you may not want to look.
Combined Simple +/- Over the 2 games
Zach Lavine -51
Gorgui Dieng -34
Andrew Wiggins -33 (A bit misleading, his +/- last night was only -5)
Kevin Martin -31*
Robbie Hummel -27
Anthony Bennett -26
Nikola Pekovic -25*
Lorenzo Brown -23*
Chase Budinger -15
* – Only appeared in 1 of the games
I could go on, but it’s quite depressing.
Anyhow, the Wolves did provide a few highlights last night, coming in the form of dunks.
The first was from soon to be Rookie of the Year Andrew Wiggins, who flew so high he nearly hit his head on the rim.
Andrew Wiggins nearly gets his head to the rim on this slam in New Orleans https://t.co/dUeUQyIkd8
— The Cauldron (@TheCauldron) March 29, 2015
Soon after, LaVine joined the party, posterizing Omer Asik.
Well, that's ill RT @streethistory: Zach LaVine dunks on Asik
Indeed, that dunk was ill.
Unfortunately, that is the end of the highlights. There was nothing else worth watching from last night, unless you’re talking about the pair of excellent Elite 8 games. Those were good.
The Wolves play again tonight in against Utah, this time in Target Center. With only 9 games left in the season, the Wolves aren’t playing for much besides draft positioning. In two weeks, the season will be over, and the mostly dreadful memories of the 2014-2015 season will begin to fade, replaced by the optimism of the lottery in mid-May. Who knows, Maybe the Wolves will get lucky this time.