The Minnesota Timberwolves, as we highlighted yesterday, have been playing much better of late. And that’s not just a reflection of their win-loss record (which was 5-0 before last night’s game versus Miami). Randy Foye has taken off, and Rodney Carney has been respectable too.
But, as the cliche goes, all good things must come to an end. And for Minnesota, that meant a loss to the Miami Heat last night up in the treacherous cold of Minneapolis – where it won’t get over 0 degrees today.
The problem for the T-Wolves against the Heat was their inability to stop Dwyane Wade, who scored 31 points, dished out eight assists and also had three blocks and three steals. Shawn Marion sealed the 99-96 win with two free throws with 22 seconds left.
The reason for the small margin of defeat was because of Randy Foye, who dueled with Wade during the fourth – putting up 14 of his 29 points in the final period.
And because sports are largely revisionist in nature, one must speculate what the outcome would have been if Al Jefferson was better than 4-14 from the field in his nine-point outing. Maybe that’s what puts Minnesota over the edge, or maybe it doesn’t. Either way, the T-Wolves are playing much better and their fans seems to be much more excited to watch their team than they were two months ago.