Wolves Eke Out Win Over Heat Minus ShaqThe lovely Amy and Cassie were the winners of Qwest's ultimate Twolves fan challenge (if you don't know what I'm talking about, you must have missed the countless bus shelters and other places signs for this contest were posted). Click here to see their entry. Part of their prize were seats at last night's game that were practically on the Wolves' bench.
No Shaq last night ("sprained thumb") but still an eventful game. Hassell sprained his ankle, McCants and Gary Payton got into it and both received technicals, the Heat narrowed the Wolves' lead late in the 4th quarter, and the refs restarted the clock after the game ended adding an extra 2 seconds to an already very long game. Regardless, the Wolves came out with the victory with a final score of 100-96.
"It was an accumulation," said coach Dwane Casey, who agonized and gyrated through the final minutes on the sideline. "Everybody had their moment in the barrel. Everybody had their mistakes. But again, we were able to overcome it."
"Our team's probably not a team that has the chemistry yet to finish out games. We don't know each other that well," Garnett said. "We're just finishing games off of pure talent, not knowledge."
(Seriously- how long is it going to take? Isn't two months sufficient time in which to get to know your teammates?)
McCants on his scuffle with Payton:
"I don't really remember what he said -- it just happened real fast."
While I appreciated the fact that Stevie Wonder was added to the game's playlist while some of the TV theme songs were thankfully left out (no Purple Rain tonight, either), whoever came up with the idea of pairing the Twolves dancers and the U Of MN drum line should be reprimanded. I can't recall a more awkward, non-game performance at the Target Center.
For the last six seasons KG averaged 20 pts, 10 reb, and 5 assts but will more than likely not achieve that feat this year.
Jaric is featured in a fashion spread in the current issue of ESPN The Magazine.
The Rockets picked up the recently released Richie Frahm off the waivers.
Rockets' coach Jeff Van Gundy called Sprewell to see if he'd be interested in joining the team but didn't receive a call back.
Mad Dog finally updates his blog. Our condolences to him on the death of his grandfather.