Tuesday night featured two Western Conference Playoff hopefuls in the Los Angeles Clippers and Minnesota Timberwolves.The T-wolves were only one game out of 8th place in the West before the game, and with their second straight win versus the Clippers hope to continue and claw their way to a higher playoff seed.
The Clippers have a tough month ahead of them with 20 games in 31 days, and 11 on the road. This second loss to the T-wolves is not a great start for them, and they hope to right the ship and win the Pacific devision
The two best power forwards in the league went head-to-head in this one as well. Last time these two teams met, Kevin Love buried a three-pointer at the buzzer to win the game. Blake Griffin started this game’s first quarter like a bull in a China shop, scoring 18 of the Clipper’s 31 points, and giving the Clippers a 9 point lead at the break. Blake finished with 30 points, but Kevin Love had the last laugh by actually winning the game; he also had a somewhat scary moment. He left the game after the third quarter with a rib contusion and did not return.
Derrick Williams was the surprise contributor, following up his excellent game last week with a 27 point effort last night. It was his shooting in the 4th quarter that ended up busting the game open for the Wolves. Michael Beasley also scored 27, on a night where the Wolves showed off the depth of their bench. The Wolves 72 bench points were a season-high, and a sign that the Wolves should fare well during unforgiving stretches of the season.
This budding rivalry between two teams who should both be in the playoffs for years to come, and here’s hoping these two exciting teams meet in the Playoffs this year.