The game started out strong for the Timberwolves, who had Derrick Williams replacing their top offensive player Kevin Love with 22 points. The Timberwolves managed to gain a double digit lead in the first quarter, but Bryant found his stride later in the game, making 3s, dunks, and free throws to even it up going into the final, most important period. Starting the fourth the Lakers looked like a completely different team than in the first 2 quarters, finally showing their teeth.
Bryant seems to play his best against the Timberwolves, and Friday was no exception with a 34 point game. In fact, the Lakers as a team seem to be on their best against the Timberwolves. The Timberwolves can’t seem to solve the Lakers. You have to wonder what the Timberwolves are thinking every time they go up against the powerhouse of the Lakers, who seem to excel at crushing the Timberwolves left right and center. They just can’t catch a break..
But what hurts even more than this loss is that one of the best rookies this year, the guy who literally brought back to life the Timberwolves, Kevin love, Derrick Williams and company, Ricky Rubio, suffered a severe injury and will be out for season with torn ACL. That’s definitely a huge blow for this exciting team which was close to the playoffs.. Could they do it without Rubio? Maybe, but the odds are severely lower now.