The Minnesota Timberwolves came up short in a well-played, high-energy game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Ricky Rubio showed off some Spanish flair. Kevin Love was in midseason form with his usual double-double and J.J. Barea looked to be worth the money.
Even though the Wolves lost, there were many reasons for fans to be optimistic for the future. The Twitter-verse reaction to the team was mostly positive. They even got a nice shout out from Bill Simmons.
Granted, the team has a few things to work on. Namely, Michael Beasley's shot selection, three-point shooting and what to do with Wes Johnson. And where was Anthony Randolph?
However, the Wolves looked good and there are good reasons they can keep their positive play going.
Here's why Wolves fans should be optimistic for the season.