Keys to the Wolf Den: Is the All-Star Back?

December 15th, 2009 by Matthew Hayden Leave a reply »
Ok, maybe not truly an All-Star because he's not wearing the Western Conference jersey, but the Wolves All-Star in general.

23 PPG and 11 RPG last season? That was just the norm, and was immediately expected night in and night out.

As Al Jefferson went down with a torn ACL injury, so did the Minnesota Timberwolves 2008-2009 NBA season, one which was starting to shed light while the Wolves went 10-3 in the month of January.

To start the season, Al Jefferson started off slow, out of rhythm, emotionally hurt by the death of his grandmother, without Kevin Love and out of shape as he tried to lead the Wolves to wins that just weren't coming.

Jump hooks, mid-range jump shots, step backs, up and unders, pump fakes, and spin moves were no longer as deadly as originally anticipated, and it became apparent that Al Jefferson was going to need at least a year to get back into rhythm.

After all, the Wolves used a half court offense that featured Al Jefferson with some Randy Foye thrown in every one in three games, ultimately resulting in some major inefficiency and consistency, as he would burn out of energy and ultimately would be a c ...

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