A six-game losing streak had Wolves fans dreading a repeat performance of last year's squad, which won only 15 games last season.
A dose of the Sacramento Kings, and a career night from Michael Beasley can remedy many of those concerns.
After the win on Wednesday night, the Timberwolves record now sits at 2-7 for the year, which on paper, doesn't look very stellar. However, this record is a little deceiving.
In a brutal schedule since their last win, the Wolves have lost to the Grizzlies (on the road), the Heat (on the road), the Magic (on the road), the Hawks, and the Lakers (on the road). These teams have a combined record of 23-10.
Also of note, the Wolves are missing their staring point guard in Jonny Flynn, and starting shooting guard in Martell Webster.
Also of note: Beasley missed the Orlando game. I would challenge any team to lose half of their starting rotation and go on the road against these teams. Let alone a young Wolves team.
The Wolves beat up Sacramento on the road 98-89 Wednesday. This game might be known as Michael Beasley's coming-out party.
The party actually began for him in Miami earlier this season when he scored 11 points in about 10 minutes of play, before injuring his hip.
Career Night For Beasley
Beasley was all over the court Wednesday, dropping 42 points on the Kings on 17-of-31 from the field. Beasley also added 9 rebounds and 2 assists, to round out his stat sheet very nicely.
Beasley's performance came a night after a career night for Kevin Love vs. the Lakers. This was the second straight night of very good basketball for the Timberwolves.
They played the undefeated, defending World Champs very closely, then beat the Kings in a game which never really seemed in doubt.
For the Wolves moving forward, consistency will be a key. If Beasley and Love can begin to play close to this level nightly, the Wolves have a chance to make big strides this season.
Also of note: Sebastian Telfair has played very solidly in relief on the injured Flynn and Luke Ridnour. He had 16 points against the Kings, and also drew a great charging call. The night before he was a catalyst against the Lakers, scoring 13 points to go with his 9 assists and 5 rebounds. Its nice to see Telfair play well on his second go-round with the Wolves.
Up Next for the Wolves: The Knicks come into Target Center on Friday.
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