By: Dan Slaubaugh
Honestly though, how incredible does that look right now?
Why? Well, it's Los Angeles. Plus, annoyingly cold days + lots of Wolves losing make for a long Winter here up North.
Here are a couple more pictures for your liking.
Fantasize all you want. I am.
The Wolves luckily don't have to, because they are literally there - not on vacation, but to play basketball.
Tonight, they will face the Lakers (9-41) at 9:30pm CST.
Tomorrow, they will face the Clippers (32-16) at the exact same time on ESPN.
Tonight's game is sort of a must-win for the Wolves (14-35), not in playoff-focused way, but in a "win to avoid another demoralizing loss" kind of way.
The Lakers have lost 10 straight, hold the 2nd worst record in the league behind the 76ers, and are dead last in the Western Conference standings. They are simply a bad basketball team, and are not worried too much about winning games as they are winning the (NBA) lottery.
The Wolves, are also bad, but show glimpses of promise that have us hoping they will one day turn the corner and take that next step to becoming a consistently competitive basketball team in the NBA.
The Wolves have beat the Lakers in both of their matchups this season, each time by 1 point. This will be the final meeting between the teams this season, and the last time the Wolves will face Kobe Bryant.
Minnesota needs to win this one. If they don't, there will be clear signs of regression, and that is not acceptable - not with the current health and talent this team currently possesses.
In sad, but unsurprising news, Nikola Pekovic is struggling with pain in his feet just 12 games back into his return and 10 months after surgery. You have to feel for the guy, because he's worked so hard to get back. For fans, it's disappointing knowing that he will probably/definitely never be the effective player he once was. It wouldn't shock me if they shut him down (for a while) within the next couple weeks if the pain gets worse.
In this great read over at Punch-Drunk Wolves, Andy G looks ahead to the offseason and how the Wolves need to find a partner for Towns in the frontcourt.
That's about it for me. Again, tonight is a must-win. There is no room for regression!
Prediction: Wolves win 107-98. Towns leads team with 27 points and 14 rebounds.
With that, it'd be interesting to know if the Wolves have ever swept the Lakers in season play. If anybody knows, hit me up with the information!
Thanks for reading. Enjoy the game. Go Wolves!