Nobody expected the Timberwolves to be terribly competitive until Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio returned from injury. Instead, they own a 2-1 record thanks largely to Andrei Kirilenko's incredible play. The gadget forward is enjoying a renaissance in his return to the NBA--he played in Russia during the lockout-shortened 2011/12 NBA season--posting per-game averages of 14.3 points, 7.7 rebounds, 4.7 assists, and 2.7 blocks on 68 percent shooting.
The Magic fell to the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday, 99-93, despite a 28-point, 0-turnover performance from Arron Afflalo. Chicago shot 12-of-21 from the floor--including 9-of-16 on mid-range jumpers--in the decisive fourth quarter as the Magic squandered the two-point lead they held after three periods.