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Sunday, January 8, 2012

MInnesota Timberwolves vs. Washington Wizards: 1/8/12

1st Quarter: The Timberwolves are going to try and take on the floundering Washington Wizards with Beasley is out. Wayne Ellington will slip into the starting lineup and Wes will move down to the 3 spot. Luke looks especially rusty as does Darko. The Wizards just don't seem cohesive, but neither do the Timberwolves. This is just a stop-and-start game with no real flow, even with Rubio in the game. The Wizards rookie Jan Vesely is an absolute giant for a SF, but just cannot seem to get any form of a shot to counter his post game.

2nd Quarter: Rubio and Love will start on the floor together, hopefully improving the ball movement and spacing. Ellington and Derrick Williams have nailed a couple of quick threes to put them ahead. Rubio has made a tremendous impact with such a small size. The Timberwolves are playing some very tough defense, even though they are absolutely overmatched by the sheer size of the Wizards' inside. Ricky Rubio and Kevin Love are what separates the Wolves from being as bad with the Wizards.

3rd Quarter: The Wolves again trot out the traditional starting lineup with Darko, Love, Wes, Wayne, and Luke Ridnour. Wes looks a tad bit shaken up when he tried driving to the hoop. The Timberwolves look as lethargic as the last game, but fortunately the Wizards are worse than the Cavaliers. John Wall doesn't look like a true point guard, instead he just seems to try and take it to the hoop every time. Derrick Williams has gone on an absolute tear from the 3 point line with 4 3-pointers. Love is having a down game, but still is managing to score and rebound at a crazy rate. Wayne Ellington is having himself a pretty good game so far at the 2 guard position. Overall, a very good 3rd quarter for the Timberwolves today.

4th Quarter: The Timberwolves have really put their foot on the Wizard's throats. They are just so inept on offense and don't have any semblance of an organized offense. Meanwhile, the Timberwolves are just blasting them on defense. One concern is that coach Rick Adelman is continuing to play the Timberwolves' main players even though they are up by 20 points. You have to wonder what is going on through his head even though they are playing a back-to-back-to-back.

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