Odd as it may seem, on a night where Dwyane Wade scored 26 points, Lebron James scooped 12 assists and Kevin Love DIDN'T get a double-double, there are some positives to be taken away.
In the end it was a very comfortable win for the Heat, but the Timberwolves did compete in the first and last quarters, only losing them by 6 and 4. Unfortunately the second and third quarters, where the Wolves lost by 10 and 12, did the damage. This was by no means a game that anyone expected the Wolves to win, or even to compete in. They didn’t, but it’s okay. The Miami Heat are the bigger and stronger dire wolves compared to Minnesota's Timberwolves—and we all know what happened to the dire wolves... right?
If you had to select a game where you would put good money on the Wolves losing, it would be against the Miami Heat, in Miami.
Not even the Orlando Magic came away from their game with the Heat with their heads held high. The season is not going to be defined by losing this game. It’s the type of game where if you lose you shrug your shoulders, and if you win it’s a bonus. Especially, when you consider they were playing without their starting PG, and SF. Martell Webster, a player capable of getting points, is injured too. On paper, the Timberwolves were also at a slight disadvantage having Wesley Johnson on the team, who has have never played against talent like this in his 4-game NBA career. He didn’t have a performance worthy of selling as a Christmas DVD, but he can definitely hold his head high.
The Timberwolves’ rebuilding process is going to take some time with a roster that has been cleaned out and updated. While the players might be best friends they are still going to take some time to adjust to playing basketball with one another. Playing the Miami Heat well for two quarters of basketball so early in the season has given them an ambitious benchmark to aspire to.
Finally, Michael Beasley did extremely well in the face of adversity. Some might have crumbled, there were even some boos by some idiotic Miami Heat fans, but he was the best player on the Timberwolves until he got injured. Speaking of the injury, it doesn’t sound like it will be too bad. He will be back to full strength either tonight or on Friday.
Tonight, the Timberwolves have another tough game against the Orlando Magic. Here’s hoping they can get a little closer to victory this time.