As soon as Kevin Love went down late in the first quarter, I instantaneously knew two things would happen: a.) Denver would win (which they did 113-107) and/or b.) Minnesota would come together and put up a bar fight.
Both actually happened, Denver blew a 24-point lead, but in the end came up what George Karl called a “disappointing win.”
While I can understand the underlying meaning to what Karl was speaking of, Denver could have very EASILY let this game slip through their hands (which they have done multiple times this season) and yes, I realize it shouldn’t have come to that point. But, it did. You have to respect what Lawson and Gallo, specifically, did, they came through in the CLUTCH – something that’s been in question all season, and what better time to reaffirm that Denver has a player(s) that can perform in this manner than in a tight battle to secure a playoff seeding spot?
Just last week critics and fans alike were moaning how Denver blows leads and do not show up when adversity presents itself; well, friends, this is the third game in the past 5, that Denver has done such a thing. Sure, I could focus on them blowing the lead (I vented on twitter about this), but when you take a step back, a win is a win and when you can showcase a player’s clutch abilities in the process – that’s a good thing.
This could have been a blowout, sure, but the Timberwolves wanted to lose (and tried to win) in a respectable manner, and I for one, pay homage to that; Derrick Williams and Anthony Randolph were hitting shots with ease and scored 27 and 28 points respectively. However, with the re-entry of the Manimal (I’m so in love with him more and more each game) and Gallo, I felt secure knowing that something good was about to happen.
My game ball goes to Al Harrington SOLELY due to his torn meniscus and obviously played limited minutes, but was effective nonetheless. When word was that he was playing despite his injury, he pulled on fan’s heartstrings all at one. This is a prime example of HEART, INTEGRITY and PASSION!!! If you are not keen on Denver’s locker room guy, Al Harrington is that guy! It shows, with this one-act, how much respect he earned from a fan base – many of whom have used Big Al as their whipping boy in the past few weeks.
Kenneth Faried earned his second CONSECUTIVE double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds. The thing I love about the Manimal, even though he had 14 and 10 at the half, and may have struggled a bit in the second half, his INTENSITY and HUSTLE is something I always admire. He is only a rookie and imagine the Manimal improving season after season.
Although, Gallo took some bad shots through the contest, which will happen more often than not, he came through in the final stretch, which is more evident of what Denver was missing when he was out. Lawson gave an all-around game and it was a thing highlight reels are made of; this always makes me think ‘Man, only if Lawson KNEW how good he really is.” He racked up 24 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists.
Corey Brewer is well, reminded a bit like J.R. Smith and not the Smith we all liked. It’s the bad J.R Smith that wants to jack up shots and not good shots either. these are, obviously, bad shot selections. On the flip side, I was impressed by JaVale’s hustle Wednesday night – 8 points and 4 rebounds in 17 minutes isn’t all that bad. JaVale has the makings of improving under George Karl, if he finds his place on this young team.
Denver has 8 games left; currently they are tied with Dallas and Houston in terms of record, and at the time like this, wins are hard to come by at times, so I leave you ith this:
A win is a win.