Although it’s painfully obvious that overreacting to preseason victories is a little like seeing a three year old hammering away aimlessly on a toy xylophone and declaring him to be the next Mozart, they can’t be ignored.
There is no telling how much good these victories will do for the team, or how much of a confidence booster this will be for the young players just joining the Timberwolves. It also sends a message to the David Khan haters that this team is hungry, and will be winning more than they did last season. Yahoo Sports! foolishly predicted they will win just 13 games in this coming season.
While the king of the Lakers, Kobe Bryant, may only have played six minutes, the win should represent a massive moral victory for the Timberwolves, who were definitely the underdogs for the clash in London.
When all the local media coverage before the big game uses horrendous puns to focus on the uncles of Kevin Love instead of his rebounding, you know the team isn't fancied much.
But despite the lack of good vibrations in London, Love showed he was able to get around, and show the British crowd what they may not have been expecting.
There is a team in the English Premier League, also called the Wolves, hailing from Wolverhampton. They play in orange and black, and are not one of the elite clubs in the land. When they do force a win, it’s not pretty.
The crowd was probably expecting the same thing from this set of Wolves, but newly acquired forwards Martell Webster and Michael Beasley turned on the style.
In the 106-100 victory today against the New York Knicks in Paris, the Timberwolves started slowly, but again it was Webster's turn, this time with help from Love, to outscore everyone on the court. They both got 17. Love also pulled down 14 rebounds in 25 minutes, 12 more than Amar’e Stoudemire, who played 20 minutes.
Statistically the most impressive shooter was rookie Wesley Johnson, who sank a trio of three-pointers en route to a 4-of-5 shooting night. Johnson also had three assists and three steals, but had five turnovers.
Although not as impressive as the win over the Los Angeles Lakers, the team is playing well, and according to their amusing videos on NBA.com, they are bonding like brothers. This team clearly is not missing any Cousins on its roster.