But I also think of players with lower profiles, such as the stars who could come off the bench and dominate the opponent. Shabazz Muhammad was the ‘low-profile star’ who stood out to me last night, scoring 18 points in a dominant 105-88 win over the Nuggets in Lincoln, Nebraska.
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Shabazz was masterful in the fourth quarter, dunking in the paint and scoring from the three-point line. He performed brilliantly, doing everything that was asked of him.
I was not the only Wolves fan who noticed, of course. The fans who were able to watch the live stream on the Timberwolves website noticed as well:
Before I became aware of the Shabazz buzz, I was a sad soul. I could not watch the game because I am not within 75 miles of the Target Center, but that is okay.
I found another way. I went on Twitter and followed the fans above who were live-tweeting the game. When I saw one tweet after another referencing Shabazz, I tried to imagine the public address announcer slowly howling his name.
“Shabaaaaaazz Muhammad,” he would say in my head.
“Shabazz, he was,” I replied.
In other words, Shabazz was such a buzz last night.