By Michael Rand
Remember a few days ago, when the Wolves played the Lakers? Well, Roughkat was there. And thus we continue our proud recap tradition from the cheap seats. Roughkat?
Last Friday’s game against the Lakers was exciting for several reasons. First, my dad was in town from Seattle last week and so I got to go to a game with him. While my dad may not be so enthusiastic about sports to the point that he writes on a sports blog, his passion for Minnesota sports has grown ever since he moved out of state. I’m pretty sure we’ve been to more games together now, either here in Minnesota when he visits or when I go visit him, then we ever did growing up.
Second, the Wolves were playing the Lakers. This was big for several reasons. I originally bought the Section 203 tickets by myself when the Pay the Pick promotion came out. My SELF and I were planning on going to most of the games together. So when Rand and Brandon wanted to go in on the tickets, I said yes because I knew it would be tough to get to all 43 home games (don’t forget the two preseason games). My Lady Friend’s only stipulation for splitting the tickets was that we go to the Lakers games and she gets to see her NBA boyfriend, Steve Nash. For the record, she wanted to see the Lakers because she lived in LA for 10 years and HATES the Lakers. That’s right, AV style all caps, HATES them. For obvious reasons, the same hatred doesn’t apply to the Clippers. Can anything that Frankie Muniz likes be that bad???
Also tagging along for the night was my brother and SELF’s father. Tickets were actually kind of hard to get for the game, but I found 3 more tickets in Section 236, but we ended up sitting in Section 237 because that was the first place we found 5 seats together. What??? you say. How could there not be five empty seats together anywhere in the Target Center? It turns out that the Lakers are quite the draw. Even the upper level was 95% full. The upper level concessions were 100% open and you could even buy hard liquor upstairs instead of just snow cones.
The Wolves did their part for most of the game, keeping the game close. They were playing the top team in the West, after all. Many people would say that all the wins the Wolves got in January were mostly against inferior teams. Could they hold their own against a top team or would they be blown out? Although there was a lot of purple in the crowd (and I’m not talking about the jerseys with horns on them), the crowd really stayed in the game and cheered the local squad. The Wolves played hard, but the Lakers were just too good. Kobe put on a show in the second half and the duo of Bynum and Gasol took advantage of the Wolves’ lack of size. My SELF would like to note that Big Al outscored Kobe in the game (34-30).
Other highlights were a couple of promotions. They picked one fan to make a three-point shot to win lots of $$$. They somehow ended up choosing an older gentleman who took a step inside the line and still came up three feet short after hoisting up a shot. That’s one way to ensure you don’t have to give out the big prize too often. The other was a Let’s Make a Deal type game. Two guys on the court, Guy A gets to either shoot a free throw or pass to Guy B for a trip to Mexico. Guy A declines and Guy B misses the free throw, so Guy A wins.
1) What’s your favorite memory going to a game with a parent or bringing yours?
2) I put the Wolves over/under for total wins at 33.5. Over or under? I say over.
3) What team do you hate the most?