Last year, Golden State Warrior superstar Steph Curry launched an individual offensive display of historical significance, making 402 3-point field goals during the regular season while shooting a highly accurate 45.4% from behind the arc. This total bested the previous record (set by Curry the year before) by a remarkable 116 and really is a ridiculous outlier stat no matter how you look at it.
As has become a common theme in Minnesota sports recently, Timberwolves fans didn’t have much to cheer about last season. The hapless Wolves endured one of the least productive regular seasons in the team’s 26-year history, winning just 16 games while missing the playoffs for the 11th straight year.
One bright spot for the Wolves was Zach LaVine. The rookie out of UCLA showed flashes of promise on the court during the regular season while filling in at starting point guard for the oft-injured Ricky Rubio. He saved his best tricks for All-Star Weekend however, winning the 2015 NBA Dunk contest with a performance lauded by many as one of the most impressive in recent memory.
Apparently, one dunk title wasn’t enough for Mr. LaVine.
The defending champion Golden State Warriors have started the 2015-16 NBA regular season with a record 23 straight wins. They have 27 consecutive regular season victories dating back to last season, leaving them just six short of the all-time record of 33, set by the 1971-72 Lakers. Many believe this Warriors squad could challenge Jordan’s 1995-96 Chicago Bulls record of 72-10 to achieve the winningest regular season in NBA history.
Even with the Wild in the midst of an unprecedented surge, Kevin Garnett’s return dominated Minnesota sports headlines last week.
A video released by the Timberwolves’ Youtube channel this past Friday captures the nostalgic joy that filled the Target Center during Wednesday night’s re-debut of KG against the Washington Wizards..