Sometimes I get this feeling that our Bobcats are invincible. I was feeling that tonight. Now, of course, Crash, Jax, and Nazr were not starting tonight, but I, for one, have always been positive about our bench. While LB hid the guys on the bench most of the time, Coach Silas uses them and stresses to them to just play ball. That's what the guys did tonight, and I am proud of them for it. At least I was proud of them after the first half. Why, you may ask? Continue after the jump to find out...
We came into a cold, COLD Minnesota tonight agains another team that is struggling this year. They have some great pieces on their team, and more importantly, their team is a healthy one. We came into the game with 3 starters and 1 reserve, all out of the game. This meant that we had to depend on several guys that we have seldom seen last year or this year. As the game began, the 5 on the floor took a while to get running. Once they got it going,we were leading after the first, and were up 16 by the half. Hooray, set the game on cruise control...or...not.
The 3rd quarter started, and we went as cold as the Minny night. We could not hit a shot, we could not play defense, and we couldn't do anything that resembled the Bobcats of the first half. The guys hung in there and came from 8 back in regulation to tie things up. In overtime, we hustled, gained confidence and put the T'wolves away 108-105. DJ had a horrible shooting night, but he listened to Coach Silas and he kept shooting. That shooting, and some incredible play off the bench by Tyrus Thomas that included a block on Beasley that kept the game tied which pushed us into overtime, were 2 things that definitely made the game for us tonight. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't pretty, and it was a nail biter, but the guys never gave up, and it was refreshing to see them never stop fighting.
Notes to remember:
The bench contributed 57 points!
5 guys were in double figures...and it wasn't the usual 5 suspects:
Thomas = 21
Diaw = 16
DJ = 16
Najera = 11!
McGuire = 10 (5-5 from the floor tonight)
Having the task of writing the post game tonight was a concern of mine tonight up through the midway of the 4th. I kept thinking...what can I write?
Well, thank you guys for reminding me of how I felt before the game started. Wins like tonight do so much for the ENTIRE team. How? For starters, the bench gains confidence, because they saw that they could pull off a hungry team without 3 starters. Also, the starters that were sitting on the bench get a boost as well. They got to see what their bench could do, and they gained confidence in the guys that back them up. That will make the starters want to play harder and do even more on the floor because they know that the bench has their back. Tonight was a great example of good TEAM ball, and through that TEAM ball, we came away with a victory. Let's make this the beginning of a turning point down on Trade Street!