12/24/2014: Cavaliers 125, Timberwolves 104
This game was treated by many fans and media as a chance to reflect on the trade, and maybe even treat it as some kind of referendum, and to wonder how Kevin Love is fitting in and whether or not Andrew Wiggins is really going to be a star and holy shit Anthony Bennett looked terrible and what does the future hold? Is there hope for Minnesota? Is Cleveland really a title contender? What’s going to happen? What’s going to be their futures?
And I get it. That’s part of the gig, and that’s what media members have to do because that’s what’s expected. Editors want it written because they think that’s what readers want. Some fans like juicy stuff like that. Some Minnesota fans still hold onto a grudge towards Kevin Love. Some Cleveland fans say terrible things about Anthony Bennett on the internet every single day. And Andrew Wiggins, a shy kid who was put in a really tough spot over the summer, payday loan shop still has to put up with questions about that awkward stuff pretty much every day.
It’s all part of the machine, the hum in the background of every NBA game, the murmur in the distance mobile porn movies that influences all of us who follow the NBA, but we can’t tell you what the voice sounds like.