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Young trio giving Timberwolves hope
Game Time: Hornets 97, Timberwolves 96There's no question that Al Jefferson, Kevin Love and Jonny Flynn comprise the foundation of the T-Wolves' hopes for a competitive future. Let's see how this trio performed in this tough home loss in order to discern how viable Minnesota's hopes really are.
Vox PopuliMy feeling is that Carmelo Anthony's game lacks absolutely nothing. He can shoot, drive, post-up, run, score in bunches and play adequate defense. He also has the size and strength to match up against anybody. Most importantly, in last year's playoffs, he proved that he can be a team leader. In your opinion, what aspects of his game still need work? Aaron Ju, South Pasadena, CA
You forget to mention that he is equally effective driving both right and left, and that he's an improving passer. While Anthony is certainly capable of playing effective defense, he only does this on a periodic basis. He needs to develop more consistency here, which is understandably difficult considering how much energy he has to expend as Denver's go-to scorer. 'Melo still has trouble making high-degree-of-difficulty passes when he's double-teamed. More often than not, his passes out of such situations will gain no advantage. He also tends to force the ball into crowds hence, his career assist and turnover totals are virtually equal at 3.09 assists to 3.08 turnovers. Moreover, his shot selection is often questionable. Consistency remains another problem. Sometimes he just doesn't show up as evidenced by his rather lackadaisical performance in Game 6 of last season's conference finals against the Lakers. That's why I would also question his leadership qualities. Anthony isn't much of a verbal presence in the locker room, and there's no doubt that Chauncey Billups is the Nuggets' leader. However, since Anthony is still only 25 and since NBA players usually don't attain the peak of their physical, mental and emotional abilities until they're 28, it's to be expected that the parameters of his excellence are still expanding.