The Wolves tried to shake things up, going with a starting lineup featuring three bigs (Thad Young, Gorgui Dieng, Nikola Pekovic). For Young, being moved to small forward produced positive results. He had one of his best performances of the year, posting 26 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. As a whole, the three combined for 50 points, and 12 assists, but were only able to corral 16 rebounds, not nearly enough when you’re trying to beat the best team in the East.
After the game, the Wolves received even more unfortunate news, when they learned Robbie Hummel, who left the game in the third quarter, suffered a “non-displaced fracture of the fourth metacarpal in his right hand.” In Layman’s terms, Hummel dislocated his finger. He’ll be out anywhere from 4-6 weeks, which is not something fans were hoping to hear.
As it stands, Minnesota sits at 7-35, alone in the cellar of the NBA. Losing 80% of games not only takes a toll on the team, but the fans, too. So I wanted to know – How do Wolves fans cope with all of the losing?
Like any normal person, I went to twitter, where the responses ranged from as low as the pits of despair to as high as the peak of the mountains of optimism.
— iPhoneMuscle (@iPhoneMuscle) January 26, 2015
C’mon @iPhonemuscle, watching the Wolves can be quite fun, even with all of the losing. Remember Ricky Davis, Michael Beasley and Darko Milicic? Those were some hilarious times. Don’t think of it as wasting your life, think of it as dedicating yourself to a lifetime subscription of hope. Hope – It’s that thing that keeps you from going insane™.
If you’re looking to find a silver lining, you should take heed to the advice of Joel Bischoff.
@timberpupsblog I scan the box score and try to find a silver lining. "Ooh, look: 4 more assists for Gorgui!" And then I overeat.
— Joel Bischoff (@joelbischoff) January 26, 2015
Ah, yes, overeating. What Wolves fan hasn’t downed an entire pint of ice cream after watching the Wolves come up short on the court. Because sometimes all you can do is down some Cherry Garcia and keep on truckin’.
— Wizard of Shabazz (@TlMBERWOLVES) January 26, 2015
I love this suggestion. It combines hopeful optimism with and creativity, while providing a distraction from the product currently on the floor for the Wolves. This method is something anyone can do; just go to a mock draft site like DraftExpress, find a name that you like, and come up with a catchy hashtag. Some examples: #OferForOkafor, #SuckForStanley, and #CantGetStopsForKristaps.
After losses like these…. Going and watching videos of Top 5 prospects truly helps. #LoseSomeMoreForOkafor
— PhillipMoore (@PhillipMoore33) January 22, 2015
If simply making hashtags isn’t enough to take your mind off the pups, you can try Phillip Moore’s tried and true solution – watching highlights. There’s plenty of options – you could watch D’Angelo Russell make ridiculous passes, Jahlil Okafor destroy everyone in his path, or Karl Towns dominating the paint. The craziest part- it’s more likely than not one of those three players are wearing a Wolves jersey come October!
But if none of those work, you can go with nick’s strategy, and remember the good ol’ days of the 2003-2004 season.
@timberpupsblog I watch old KG/ '03-04 season highlights to cope.
— nick (@nthartness) January 26, 2015
The 2003-2004 season was a great time for Wolves fans. Minnesota won a team record 58 games, Latrell and Cassell were balling, and KG won MVP. And thanks to youtube and the occasional NBA TV replay of the game, you can relieve that glorious season for all of eternity, or at least until the draft in June.
It’ll be pretty hard for the Wolves to ever top game 7 against the Kings, but it doesn’t hurt to dream. So as you go to bed tonight, think about Andrew Wiggins in his prime, along with Ricky Rubio and Jahlil Okafor, dominating teams on both ends and leading the Wolves to the promised land. Because, as The Big Ticket once said, “Anything is possible.”