Magic 118, Wolves 94

Posted on December 27th, 2008 – 11:33 PM
By Brian Stensaas

This one got away midway through the fourth quarter. But that 17-2 start by Orlando is what really sticks out. How flat.

Kevin McHale said it. Players said it. And if you watched tonight’s game, you probably said it, too, perhaps with a few extra words thrown in for good measure. The Timberwolves looked flat tonight. Uninterested at points, for sure.

Yeah, getting back after 3am following a tough game and then playing some 15 hours later is the pits. But you know what? McHale has got it right when he said that every team goes through this tough travel sometimes. I’m faaaaar from a professional athlete. But you would have thought this team would come out on fire after winning at MSG. Wrong.

Good for Rashad McCants to come back with a 21-point night after going off for 23 against the Knicks. And Kevin Love’s 10 rebounds – four offensive – were a nice touch. He leads all rookies with 7.7 RPG and his 3.4 ORPG ranks seventh in the whole league.

Not much else to get excited about in this one, though.

I’m curious what readers of this blog thought of Mad Dog and Brian Cardinal being Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, off the bench. I heard some good (albeit unprintable) comments from the fans behind press row. Also from some other sources which shall remain nameless :)

Look - Madsen is a good guy and he finally got his first points of the season playing in his eighth game.

But are he and Cardinal the answer after being on the wrong end of a 17-2 start?

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