Monday, November 13, 2006

Post-Orlando Musings

KG after the Orlando game:
"We had two tough practices," said Garnett, who finished with 28 points and 11 rebounds. "I thought we would have more energy as a team. We are trying to figure things out. Everybody has to get in a better rhythm."
"I don't think confidence is a problem," Garnett said. "It's being consistent for 48 minutes. Can we stay together when a team makes a run on us?"

Britt Robson/City Pages on
Saturday's game:
Lots and lots of things felt wrong about Saturday's loss to Orlando, a game that added to the grim and ominous vibe that is suddenly upon this franchise just a half-dozen games into the season. But perhaps the hardest part was the near-total dominance of manchild pivot man Dwight Howard in the game-deciding first quarter...

When the period was over, Howard had more boards than the entire Wolves' team, 9-7, including a 3-3 tie on their own glass. Coach Dwane Casey had played ten guys and all but Blount, and KG early, looked listless and forlorn.

The roster:
Meanwhile, the team is bereft of front-line studs to assist Garnett. Craig Smith is a nice story, but I'm not convinced his upside will ultimately guarantee him 15-20 minutes in an 8-9 man rotation on a quality team. Blount is the default starting center, and hustles, hits the open j and right now seems like a plus in terms of team chemistry. He's also easily overwhelmed in the low block, rebounds poorly and collects fouls and turnovers in bunches too frequently. Griffin is flailing.

Winning the Northwest Division:
...Utah already looks like winning the Northwest will be tougher than bagging a 7 or 8 seed.