An excellent game, at least from this T-Wolves fan. Some points I'd like
1. Major, major props to Rick Pitino for starting John Thomas in front of
his college crowd. I don't know if Thomas is the Celcats starting center
these days or not, but this gesture proves Pitino is a class act.
Everyone in my row (220 L) stood up and cheered the former Gopher
everytime he touched the ball.
2. The Wolves scorer has to learn the difference between Celtics 0
(McCar[dt]y) and Celtics 00 (The Chief.) I half expected a mean looking
karate chop to the neck of Tom Hammonds, which brings us to point number
3. Tom Hammonds is the bomb. I've been a big fan of his for years, and
when the Wolves picked him up out of nowhere, I swore that he'd turn
heads. Now that he's in shape, and has learned the offense, he gives the
Woofies something that they've lacked since losing Garrett -- an inside
presence that doesn't tire out 15 seconds into a game, or throw up
weak-ass little pump fakes.
4. Antoine Walker is even more the bomb. ~30 points, 14rbs, 6asst (these
numbers are from memory, but should be close.) He's the class of his
draft year, no doubt about that. He showed all his tools tonight; blowing
past slower defenders, making absolutely jaw-dropping nifty passes,
sucking every damn rebound in his vicinity. He is a true pleasure to
watch. He made Gugliotta look stoopid at times on offense.
5. I feared going into this game that the Celcats insane pressure would
kill the Wolves; but they handled it with aplomb. I suppose it helps when
you can play Terry Porter, Stephon, and KG at the same time; all knew how
to handle the press. Gugliotta actually looked terrified of the defense
at times, which is unusual. West and Hammonds (suprisingly) handled the
pressure better than Googs.
6. Doug West is as important to the chemistry of this T-Wolves squad as
anyone. And he's not lost a step defensively. They had best *not* trade
7. It's a real shame we only play the Celcats twice a year; this has the
potential to be a hell of a good rivalry.
Seven wins in a row. Color me impressed.
One final thought: I love this T-Wolves squad, top-to-bottom. I've even
developed a soft spot for the previously-detested Cherokee Parks.
Everyone tries; nobody dogs games. Now, all they need is more beef ...
JFB, who won't comment on how his other favorite team is doing, given how
D*nyell Marshall is currently their best player ...
"I had been there before, and I remembered it well. Chicago -- this
vicious, stinking zoo, this mean-grinning, Mace-smelling boneyard of
a city; an elegant rockpile monument to everything cruel and stupid
and corrupt in the human spirit." -- Hunter S. Thompson
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