The Charlotte Bobcats welcomed the Minnesota Timberwolves to town on Wednesday night and that meant having to deal with Kevin Love. And the MVP candidate didn’t disappoint. Love finished with 40 points and 19 rebounds and the Timberwolves held on to an 88-83 win at Time Warner Cable Arena. Corey Maggette led the way with 22 points for Charlotte but it was not enough as the Bobcats fell to 7-41 on the season.
The first half was a back and forth game filled with runs. Midway through the second quarter the Wolves would stretch their lead to eight and that is when the Bobcats would turn to their bench for the second game in a row. Kemba Walker would come in and score nine first half points to lead his team back and Eddie Najera would provide the toughness to help give the Bobcats a two point halftime lead.
In the second half it continued to be a close game as Minnesota would hold onto a slim three point lead heading to the fourth quarter. And in the fourth quarter Love would show his dominance. The all-star forward scored from anywhere on the floor while continuing to grab rebound after rebound and it was too much for the Bobcats to overcome as the Wolves lead would climb to double digits. The Wolves would hold on to an 88-83 win and improve their record to 25-27 on the season. This young Minnesota team is only three games out of a final playoff spot and Love is continuing to show why he better be on the MVP ballot.
As for the Bobcats it was another tough loss in which they had a chance to pull out a win. One of the main concerns to take from this loss is the struggling play of starting point guard D.J. Augustin. He has not scored in two games and it is battling a knee injury. Augustin says that the pain in his knee comes and goes but he will continue to play through the injury. The backup point guard Walker would finish with 20 points in just 24 minutes of action and Head Coach Paul Silas said after the game that he would evaluate the position and see if a change needed to be made. The rookie Walker has really shown improvement at the position and it might be a good thing to see him play starter minutes.
The Bobcats will host the Denver Nuggets on Friday at Time Warner Cable Arena in what will be their third home game of the week. If the Bobcats want to hit that double digit win mark for the season they have to start winning some games at home and Friday will bring another opportunity.
Written by: Dustin Phifer