Quick Hits | Minnesota vs. Los Angeles Lakers Reaction

by Mark Remme
Web Editor

After last night’s 109-99 win over the Los Angeles Lakers at the Target Center, our Kyle Ratke made a few observations. He typed them here. Enjoy.

1.) It’s All About The Kevins

With Nikola Pekovic out, Kevin Love needed another brother to help him out. While Kevin Martin isn’t exactly a Bruise Brother, his performance on Tuesday night was pretty impressive.

Martin finished with a game-high 32 points (13-26 FG, 4-6 3P), while Love added 31 points and 17 rebounds.

Here’s a stat that took me all morning to find: The Wolves are 2-0 this season when both Kevins score 30 points or more!

The Wolves have 34 games left. If the Kevins score 30 points in each game, the Wolves will finish with 58 wins. Science proves it. WE CAN DO THIS!

2.) J.J. Barea (Kind Of) Took Over The Fourth Quarter

The Wolves scored just 20 points in the fourth quarter, so it’s hard to say that someone took over the quarter. Barea, though, scored seven of his 11 points in the final quarter, making head coach Rick Adelman think twice about putting Ricky Rubio back in the game for the final quarter.

Fun fact No. 1: Barea must enjoy playing on Tuesdays. In four Tuesday games, he’s averaging 12 points per game. That’s more than any other day of the week. The Wolves only have three more Tuesday games. I’m sorry, J.J.

Fun fact No. 2: In eight D-League games during the 2006-07 season, Barea averaged 27.3 points per game. This isn’t that fun, I just found it on his Basketball Reference Page and thought I’d share it with you.

We all know that Barea can take over a quarter, but sometimes his aggressiveness doesn’t always pay off. On Tuesday night, his aggressiveness paid off.

3.) He’s Not As Good As He Once Was, But He’s As Good Once, As He Ever Was

Ah, words of wisdom from Toby Keith.

If you don’t love Steve Nash, you must have had someone named ‘Steve’ or ‘Nash’ make fun of you in grade school.

He’s not the same Nash that he was five years ago, but hey, it was nice to see him do this last night:

“For me personally I feel a bit selfish in that we lost but I felt great just to play in the NBA again,” Nash said. “Obviously the game didn’t go as we had hoped but for me personally it’s pretty cool to be back out there.”

We agree, Steve. Great to have you back.

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