The Pelicans were done wrong, the way they had to deal with 11 (ELEVEN!) injured players, leaving them with seven healthy bodies to face the rabid Wolves, who were eager to finish the season on a positive note.
No, New Orleans didn’t deserve watching Sam go only 8-deep in his rotation until midway through the fourth, when Minnesota up by nearly 40 points.
Omer Asik, with the slumped shoulders and heavy sighs of a boy being scolded to behave at the grocery store, didn’t deserve to be out there, all tired and mopey and statuesque and traffic-coney.
Kendrick Perkins didn’t deserve to have to deal with trying to close out on Karl-Anthony Towns, or guarding him in the post, or all those iso situations lackadaisical teammates left him in on offense, leading to spin moves to nowhere and no-look passes to points unkown.
The fellow sitting courtside near press row who randomly shouted tame, but mean things at Kendrick (“Perk! You’re ugly” and “Perk, show some hustle” and “hey, BE QUIET, NO SHOUTING” as the big fella mildly protested a call) didn’t deserve all the chuckles I gave him, but alas, I did.
Dante Cunningham doesn’t deserve to be on bad teams. Some day, I hope he’s on a good one.
Toney Douglas didn’t deserve Ricky Rubio’s abuse (5 steals in 22 minutes).
Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press didn’t deserve to be stuck in jury duty all day as important news was breaking about the Timberwolves, but apparently civic duty trumps coaching changes (I, for one, think that’s bullshit, and he did a great job once it was all over).
None of us deserved the hilarious fake promo the team played during a timeout, which depicted Gorgui Dieng as a stand-up comedian and featured video of him delivering the following jokes:
- How does a basketball player stay cool during a game? He stands near the fans!
- What is a basketball fan’s favorite birds (sic)? LARRY BIRDS (sic)!
- What do you call a wolf that is missing? A “where” wolf!”
No basketball fan deserves a player like KAT on their favorite team, so they must thank the basketball gods for their benevolence daily.
No 7-footer deserves these skills:
Run the break, KAT! https://t.co/gbdxIecQAd
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) April 14, 2016
Zach LaVine didn’t deserve to be the victim of such a nefarious prank:
The Wolves are still kids – Andrew Wiggins put a cup on Zach LaVine’s chair, Gorgui & KAT laugh when he sits on it pic.twitter.com/015rVgmAQY
— The Cauldron (ICYMI) (@CauldronICYMI) April 14, 2016
This poor rim didn’t deserve such abuse:
Zach LaVine 😱😱😱😱 from Shabazz https://t.co/kv2g2QaqqR
— StreetHistory (@streethistory) April 14, 2016
Damjan Rudez didn’t deserve all those DNPs, or getting fewer than 300 minutes this season.
Adreian Payne doesn’t deserve to play another game in a Timberwolves uniform.
Tyus Jones didn’t deserve the little passive-aggressive pushes and pulls from Tim Frazier that eventually led to a Frazier technical late in the fourth quarter.
No family deserves to go through what the Saunders clan has endured this past year.
And Sam Mitchell didn’t deserve to have his head coaching stint start like that, or end like this, being the last guy clued in that changes were coming, but that’s the nature of the beast, and that’s the business.
But William Munny taught me that “deserve’s got nothing to do with it.”
And I don’t know if he was right, but I know that’s the way it is.