If the Minnesota Timberwolves aren't publicly saying it, they are mumbling it privately. The Wolves come into tonight with a less than awe-inspiring 1-12 record.
Their only win? The New Jersey Nets, of course.
Thank God for the Nets!
The Nets are the talk of the NBA for all the wrong reasons. That leaves the Wolves to fly under the radar; bad, but no one really notices.
Again, Thank God for the New Jersey Nets!!
Will the same team that played so selflessly show up tonight? Will the bench produce at the same level? Will Baron Davis remind us of his All-Star pedigree again?
I'm counting on all of the above.
Good teams take advantage of opportunities, whether that be a bad pass from the opponent or a 1-12 team on your schedule. The Wolves represent an opportunity and the Clippers must capitalize.
In addition to the possibility of putting together their second two game win streak of the season, the Wolves also give Clipper fans something to talk about. Their weekend was spent less on fundamentals and more on suspensions, Iran and Fox.
So, whats the Clipper Crystal Ball say?
The CCB, fresh off picking the upset win over the Nuggets, is siding with the home team tonight.
The Clippers are rested, at home, and energized by news that Eric Gordon's return is on the horizon. Led by Davis and Chris Kaman they will trounce the Wolves 103 to 98, and the game will not be as close as the final score indicates.
The loss will be the 13th in a row for the Wolves. That would tie them with the aforementioned Nets for most losses in a row this year, so far.
Maybe instead of saying, "Thank God for the Nets," it should be "Thank God for the Timberwolves!"