Last night is the kind of night I expected out of this years Timberwolves. I didn't get to watch the game, in fact I completely forgot about it until I got into my car and the game was on the Fan. I listened to about 3/4 of the third quarter and the first few minutes of the fourth before I headed into the Orchestra (which was wonderful).
Randy Foye showed something last night, the question is can he keep it up. Fourteen assists is impressive, and if he can give us half of that most nights I think most fans would be happy. According to sources his teammates and coaches told him to be more aggressive. This is exactly what he needed to do, he has the talent, he just was playing in fear of making mistakes.
A few other observations from the box score.
- Kevin Love has been regressing, he had 4 rebounds and 2 points against the Pistons. Hopefully he can pick it up, but if we win I'm okay with him taking his time.
- Al Jefferson only scored 19, he has been a little off as of late, but I think the team performs better when he isn't the focal point in the offense. He is good enough to get 20 without touching the ball every possession.
- Craig Smith has really come on strong. He scored 16 last night and had 9 rebounds. I'm okay with him and Love being the 6 and 7th men.
- Jason Collins started and looked terrible. While I was listening to the game he picked up two fouls in less than 10 minutes. He didn't score and had 1 rebound and 1 assist. We need more from our starting center.
- Rashad McCants was injured and didn't play. This is a good thing and needs to continue. McHale needs to trade him soon, he provides nothing of value other than the ability to jack up 10-12 shots in 5 minutes.
It is good to see the Wolves win a few games. Last night's game was their most impressive of the year. The Pistons are contenders in the East and last nights game should have been a game that helped them get on track since the Iverson trade. Instead the Wolves blew them out and held onto the lead.
Last year the Wolves got on track in the last month of the season and played .500 ball. If they play .500 for the rest of the year, this season will have gone from a complete dissapointment to a success. Of course I still think Randy Wittman is not the best man for the head coaching job, but as long as he keeps the job I'll support him when he wins.