Los Angeles Clippers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves
5:00 p.m. PST
March 2, 2015
FOX Prime Ticket
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I’m coming home…
1. On a scale of 1-10 how awesome is KG’s return to Minnesota?
William Bohl, A Wolf Among Wolves, (@BreakTheHuddle): My feelings on the matter have been somewhat mixed, as I feel the Wolves ultimately gave up a first round pick for KG (with a Thad Young stopgap in the middle), which is a less than ideal usage of assets. On the other hand, he’s an icon in the state of Minnesota who’s going to pack the Target Center and help develop young players. I suppose I’ll give it a 5.
Andy Liu, (@AndyKHLiu): 10. I wasn’t too much of a basketball fan when Kevin Garnett was in his prime at Minnesota but I can only imagine what kind of emotion would be running through my veins if something similar happened. Or, in a Los Angeles Clippers fans perspective, Chris Paul returning to the Clippers after winning a couple championships in the next decade. Something like that.
Roscoe Whalan (@RoscoeWhalan7): 10 for PR. I went from having very little interest in what the Timberwolves have been up to, to being somewhat interested, and, as a guy who’s never punched his Big Ticket fandom, that’s something. Now, if only the Clippers could do the same with Elton Brand, I’d be very excited.
2. When do we start using the word ‘bust’ alongside Anthony Bennett’s name?
Bohl: Oy, vey. Not yet? Please? It’s hard not to interpret the Wolves’ acquisition of Adreian Payne as a quasi-indictment of their feelings on Bennett… But since last year was a lost cause for him due to all of the injuries, and this year he’s barely shared the floor with Rubio, Martin or Pekovic, I’d like to hold off on the ‘b’ word.
Liu: It depends on how you define bust, right? In terms of becoming a superstar or any kind of star, it doesn’t look like he’s ever getting there. In terms of an average NBA forward that can make a couple threes, be athletic, and be active? Perhaps. It’s a bit sad at this point but he’s still young so there’s hope. Morbid hope.
Whalan: Man, thank goodness “bust” is only a term thrown around in sports otherwise I would’ve been dubbed a bust years ago. Anthony Bennett is still only 21. I’m not going to give him the kiss of death just yet but let’s pray that the 2015-16 season is more for him.
3. Two solid road wins in a row by the Clippers — is this a danger game?
Bohl: Since Ricky Rubio returned on February 2nd, the Wolves are 5-6, including 4-3 at home. Their defensive rating has improved by 6 points per 100 possessions, and their offense is up as well. Minnesota is nowhere near as talented or complete a team as the Clippers, but with L.A. on the second night of a back-to-back and third game in four nights, I’d say it does qualify as a danger game.
Liu: Yes, but not because the Clippers won’t be ready. The Timberwolves are a decent team when Kevin Martin, Ricky Rubio, and Nikola Pekovic are healthy and on the floor. Thaddeus Young isn’t there anymore but it basically just allows Andrew Wiggins to get all the touches, and he’s doing work with them.