For the past few weeks, Minnesota Timberwolves fans haven’t had much to cheer about. Their team has lost eight of their last nine games without their star frontcourt duo. Nikola Pekovic played in four of those games, while Kevin Love didn’t appear in any of those contests as he continues to rehab his injury ridden hand.
In many of these games, Wolves fans have had a glimpse of hope. The team has hung around through three quarters in a handful of their latest games. In losses against the Miami Heat, Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns and Golden State Warriors, they were down by seven or less heading into the fourth. The contests between the Suns and Warriors went down to the wire, with both ending in crunch time defeats.
If there ever was a time the Wolves needed Love and Pekovic healthy, it is now. The remaining games for Minnesota will enable the coaching staff and management to see just how good this squad can be next year with a healthy starting five. With Love and Pekovic playing healthy and at the high level they’re both capable of, the Wolves front office will be able to get some sort of vision on how the off-season might go.
There will be moves made this off-season, without question. David Kahn is always looking to prove he is not crazy by making even more off-season deals. I am not quite sure how his logic works Wolves fans — if I could explain that, I might be able to score a front office gig also.
The most important thing right now for Kahn is to get his squad healthy and take a long, hard look at how it plays when healthy. Obviously Ricky Rubio is an enormous part of their core, but they desperately need their All Star-caliber front court back.