First of all, we have to look at the comparison between what many call the best two power forwards in the game right now: Kevin Love and Blake Griffin. Love scored 66 points, Griffin 77. Love shot 41% from the field, Griffin shot 50%. Love was 7-15 from distance, Griffin shot is only 3 pointer of his career (exaggeration) and missed. Love grabbed 38 rebounds, Griffin had 29. Love's +/- was a combined total of -6, while Griffin's was -4. Love had 4 turnovers, Griffin turned it over 10 times. Love played about 104 minutes, Griffin played 113. K-Love had the game winner 6 weeks ago, Griffin got owned by Darko 3 straight games. Love got knocked out of Game 2, Griffin tried to end Luke Ridnour's career last night on a ridiculous play on a fast break. You stay classy Blake Griffin. Love's team won 3 games, Griffin's team found it impossible to beat the Wolves.
The Timberwolves out-scored the Clippers 85-69 in the 4th quarter in the 3 meetings.
Derrick Williams was +43 in the first two meetings before posting a -18 last night. Williams still finished with 51 points in the series.
Ricky Rubio struggled in all three games, shooting an abysmal 11.5% from the field (3-26), dishing out 21 assists, and turning the ball over 7 times. Chris Paul had 45 points and only 11 assists in the 2 games he played in. Rubio posted a +/- of -1 over the three games, while Paul was a surprising -12 in his two appearances.
Caron Butler proved his value shooting 1-16 in the two games he played in, but was actually +3 altogether.
The Timberwolves were 27-65 from 3 point range in the three games for an impressive 41.5%, while the Clippers shot only 18-55 for 32.7%.
At the beginning of the season, I saw the Clippers as an intriguing, exciting, young team that would be fun to watch. After seeing this series with the Wolves play out so far, I view the Clippers as an arrogant, over-confident, bullish team that thinks it can just take what it wants. They complain and bully their opponents and the officials assuming they can do anything they want. The Timberwolves out-worked, out-hustled, and out-energized the Clippers down the stretch of every one of the 3 matchups. As long as the Wolves hustle back on defense and take away the run to the rim, and force Griffin at least 6 feet away from the basket; I like the Wolves to take the season sweep April 12th at Target Center. Now, if only the Wolves could have this kind of success against that other team from LA.
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