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Pacers-Timberwolves: Despite Granger’s Return, Big Al Plays Hard To Snap Minnesota 5-Game Losing Streak, 116-109

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Man, Mike Reynolds was right on the money here. He was right all along. I never thought the 7-29 Minnesota Timberwolves would actually beat the Indiana Pacers..even with Danny Granger returning! Now that, is just crazy. That’s why I didn’t even last my live chat. Plus, the game was, well, boring. Yeah, this is probably one of the few times I’ll ever say this about a Pacers game.

All I saw were the Pacers fouling, and the Timberwolves shooting free throws. Troy Murphy has 16 points at the end of the half, finishes with only 21. But Al Jefferson, that guy was just the player of the game: 25 points, twelve boards, and two assists. This guy played tough.

The leader in rebounds for the Pacers was Danny Granger…with only six. Six! Six. Yes, this is a very important time to use italics on the words. It’s Minnesota for crying out loud! I was really going with Jared over here, I thought Granger was going to kill all those wolves in his hunting tonight.

“The discrepancy in foul shots and rebounds are the things that obviously killed us,” Pacers coach Jim O’Brien said.

That was pretty much what I was yelling, fussing, bitching, etc. all about was that: free throws. The Pacers just kept fouling and fouling. Minnesota had already gone for 15 free throws with seven minutes into the damn game!

Kurt Yambis, your Wolves got my Pacers well. Very well…(sigh)…done.

We face Oklahoma City tomorrow night (damn, wish Fansided would have a blog for them. I could come up with all sorts of cool names). I hope to expect a live chat, actually. And this time, it’ll be serious, unlike tonight’s because I wasn’t into it. But now that I can see on my television screen that it’ll be on, besides the Wolves game, which wasn’t on in Indiana or Minnesota locally (more italics!).

But that is going to be tough. But hey, we got the Magic. But hey, we lost to the Timberwolves. So this is tough. The Pacers, you guys are just crazy. Go on long winning streaks, long losing streaks. Sometimes win by very hard teams, sometimes lose to very easy teams.

This year has been aggravating, yes, but yet, it has been fun and interesting. This is called the 2009-10 season. 2009…well, it wasn’t so good. But Granger’s back for 2010, and this year, it’s going to have to be swell.

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