For a good part of the early NBA season, there has been some buzz about the Minnesota T-Wolves, but after some recent struggles, a Saturday night blowout loss (especially at home) is probably the last thing that they needed.
However, that’s exactly what they got against the Miami Heat, as Lebron James and company absolutely swallowed up the Minnesota offense by the 21-point margin of 103-82. Minnesota shot an abysmal 29.3% from the field on the night, and they were even worse from beyond the 3-point arc at 22.7% (5 for 22). Frankly, it’s a minor miracle that the Wolves even got to 82 points, as they took advantage of 39 free throw attempts (29 makes) in order to fade their terrible field goal shooting and 18 turnovers.
Much of the credit for the final margin should go to Miami, though, as the Heat were scorching on both ends. Lebron James led the way (as usual) for Miami, as the best player on Earth scored 21 points, grabbed 14 rebounds, and dished out 8 assists in just 31 minutes of action. The lone blemish for LBJ on this night was some poor ball security (7 turnovers), but he was a dominant force on both ends, with suffocating defense in addition to his offensive exploits.
It was a total team effort for Miami, however, as they had eight different players score 8+ points in the game, and as a unit, they shot over 55% from the field in the game. As mentioned, the defensive end was where the excelled the most in this one, but you won’t see a team like Miami lose when they shoot 55% from the field, and that was evident here.
For Minnesota, this is an extension of a previous wake-up call, as they are now just 9-11 to start the season. They played this game without their best player in Kevin Love, but one absence shouldn’t make everything fall apart offensively, and that is precisely what happened against the high-powered Heat. Love will be back soon, but it’s time for soul-searching in the Twin Cities.