It was a tough game for the Wolves last night, as they were playing their fifth game in seven nights. Kevin Martin was also sidelined with a bum knee. In turn, they had a ugly night shooting the ball, hitting just 37 percent of their field goal attempts and a mere 27 percent of their 3-pointers in the 101-97 defeat, dropping their record to 12-13 on the season.
Now most players after a game like this would give their opponent a little respect. Yeah, the Wolves shot crappy, but the C’s actually played some good defense down the stretch, executed on offense and took control late. Yet after the game, Love put the loss entirely on his team’s shooting woes.
“We shot the ball terribly all game, myself included. I mean I thought every shot I was taking was going to go in but it seemed like everyone was hitting the front rim and out. That was the story of our game. I thought J.J. had a great look to put us up with that three and you know it went wide right and Pek missed a few at the rim. You know that was just the story of our night. We felt we could have beat that team but you know they executed down the stretch, but more than anything we beat ourselves,” Love said.
Fair enough, Kevin. Put this one on yourselves. However, he didn’t stop there. Check out what he had to say about whether he felt like the Wolves let this one get away.
“Oh big time, big time. We beat that team a large majority of the time we play them. You know like they say S#*%t happens.”
Sure. S*it happens Kevin. The Wolves are much better than the Celtics despite that whole being just 1/2 game better than them in the standings.
My real issue though, is with this other statement. “We beat that team a large majority of the time we play them.” That’s just flat out wrong.
Want to know a fun fact Kevin? Your team that beats Boston ‘the majority of the time’ hasn’t won in Boston since March 2005. That spans your entire career. Love has played in Boston for six straight years and hasn’t won any of them.
Additionally, the Celtics had beaten Love’s Wolves 13 straight times before Minnesota beat a shorthanded Boston squad at the end of last season. They also won this year in November, so that makes Love a career 2-10 against the Celtics. I know Love is a confident guy, but I don’t like the math he’s showing off here.
To find the last time the Wolves beat the Celtics ‘the majority of the time’ i.e. winning the season series, you have to go all the way back to the 1999-2000 season series.
I don’t mean to make a mountain out of a mole hill here, but I just don’t like it when a player says things that just aren’t close to true. Is that so bad?