2012 Game Logs: Game 20 Lakers @ Wolves

The Lakers franchise returns home tonight to find a Wolves team that is not the push over LA has been used to. Here is some facts about this game bullet point style

  • The Lakers have beaten the Wolves 15 games in a row.
  • The Wolves, with a win, will have a .500 record.
  • The Lakers are 1-7 on the road this season.
  • There probably isn't a more difficult place to play on the road than the Target Center.
  • Josh McRoberts is the third best player on the Lakers. He would be the 10th best player on the Wolves.
  • Last season the Wolves allowed 107.7 ppg. So far this season the Wolves have improved this number to 93.5ppg.
  • The Lakers have never won a game being played at the same time as the Pro Bowl when being played the week before the Super Bowl in their franchise history (0-1).
  • This will be the first match up between JJ Barea and Andrew Bynum since Bynum attempted to murder Barea in last year's playoffs. If you think JJ isn't gunning for Bynum, well, you've got another thing coming.
  • Vegas realizes all of these things and as a result have made the Lakers 1.5 underdogs to the giant killing Minnesota Timberwolves.

Today has the possibilty of being a really fun game, you guys.

WGOM Radio Episode 1

Episode 1 of WGOM Radio is in the bag, with a minimum of technical difficulties, "um"s, "like"s, and awkward pauses. Please join me and my co-host spookymilk, and our guests Rhubarb_Runner and sean, as we discuss the Twins' offseason moves, as well as some of the moves from around the league.

Our next podcast is going to be T'Wolves-centric, so if anyone would be up for such a discussion, please make yourselves known in the comments.

Trade Tree of the Day

On August 2, 2005, there was a five team trade in the NBA. The Miami Heat traded Qyntel Woods, Albert Miralles, their 2006 2nd round pick, and their 2008 2nd round pick to the Boston Celtics, Eddie Jones to the Memphis Grizzlies, and Rasual Butler to the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets. The Boston Celtics traded Antoine Walker to the Miami Heat. The Memphis Grizzlies traded Andre Emmett, James Posey and Jason Williams to the Miami Heat and Greg Ostertag to the Utah Jazz. The New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets traded Roberto Duenas to the Miami Heat. The Utah Jazz traded Curtis Borchardt to the Boston Celtics, Raul Lopez to the Memphis Grizzlies, and Kirk Snyder to the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets.

On January 26, 2006, the Boston Celtics traded Marcus Banks, Mark Blount, Ricky Davis, Justin Reed, Miami's 2008 second round pick, and their 2006 2nd round draft pick to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Dwayne Jones, Michael Olowokandi, Wally Szczerbiak and the Timberwolves' 2009 1st round draft pick.

The 2006 second round pick traded to the Wolves became Craig Smith, a pretty good pick. The 2009 pick was traded back to the Wolves in the KG trade and is widely known as turning into Jonny Flynn. In actuality, however, that pick would never have gone to the Celtics until two years after the Clipper (now Hornet pick) that is unprotected in the 2012 draft. So, that pick will be the Wolves 2014 pick.

That Miami Heat 2008 pick (remember, Miami imploded after their Championship and went 15-67 making this the first pick of the second round) was used to select none other than Nikola Pekovic, who stayed in Europe until last season.

Spanning the Globe

DOMINICAN LEAGUE

Aguilas 2, Escogido 1 in Aguilas.  Pedro Florimon was 0-for-2 with a walk for Escogido.

AUSTRALIAN LEAGUE

Adelaide 8, Sydney 3 in Adelaide.  Jacob Younis was o-for-1 with two walks and a run for Sydney.  Todd Van Steensel surrendered three runs on three hits and a walk in three innings while striking out three for Sydney.

Perth 9, Melbourne 5 in Perth.  Luke Hughes was 2-for-3 with a double, two walks, two runs, and an RBI for Perth.  Joshua Hendricks was 2-for-3 as a reserve for Melbourne.  Markus Solbach allowed three runs on six hits while striking out four in four innings for Melbourne.

PLAYOFF UPDATES

Dominican League—Aguilas and Escogido are tied at three games apiece in the best-of-nine championship series.

Mexican League—Obregon has won the league championship.

Puerto Rican League—Mayaguez has won the league championship.

Venezuelan League—Aragua and La Guaira are tied at two games apiece in the best-of-seven championship series.

Australian League—Melbourne and Perth are tied one game apiece.  Adelaide and Sydney are tied one game apiece.  Each playoff series is best-of-five.

Remodeled basement. Same half-baked taste.