This has not been the easiest year for the Minnesota Timberwolves. While it’s true that the team has suffered through plenty of losing seasons and subsequent lottery appearances since making it all the way to the NBA’s final four in 2004, the 2012-13 campaign was the first since the Kevin Garnett era that saw the Wolves actually enter a season with expectations. Playoff expectations, even, hopes that were scuttled when All-Star forward Kevin Love broke his hand. Twice.
Love has had plenty of company on the Minnesota bench. Andrei Kirilenko is suffering through a calf strain, Chase Budinger has been out for months, Brandon Roy has played just five games all year, and Ricky Rubio is still working his way back from an ACL tear that cost him the end of last season and first 35 games of this season. A 20-35 record is probably not what rookie guard Alexey Shved had in mind when he made his Minnesota debut this season, so you can understand the Russian guard feeling a little blue over a season gone wrong. Rubio, in the midst of Thursday night’s loss to the Lakers in Los Angeles, isn’t having any of it. Watch: