The Minnesota Timberwolves have given us a good taste of both the good and the bad so far in the first month of the season, but both of those are nothing compared to the unexpected.
It was unexpected when Kevin Love broke his hand a week before the regular season began. It was unexpected when the Wolves lost two more of their anchor players (Chase Budinger and Brandon Roy) within the first two weeks of the season.
Finally, though, it was unexpected that the Wolves dropped three straight games since the (unexpectedly) quick return of Kevin Love from his injury, before finally defeating the Kings.
So no, the Wolves didn’t spend the first month of the 2012-13 season by dominating the Northwest division.
They haven’t given anybody a reason to decide that they are serious contenders yet, or even just playoff worthy. They’ve won just one out of four games with Kevin Love back playing, even though he’s put up double-double’s all four times that he’s been on the court.
But that’s just the bad of it.
True, Kevin Love missed games, but the Timberwolves didn’t start the season off having a problem making up for the lack of a superstar scorer—in fact, far from that.
Andrei Kirilenko has proven to be well worth the money for the Timberwolves, Shved has been a great rookie surprise and Dante Cunningham has been one of the only solid pieces of the team. After watching every game of the season for the Wolves so far this season, I’m going to go over what I’ve noticed from them.
Note: All stats are accurate as of Wednesday morning (Nov. 28).