MINNEAPOLIS With just more than six minutes remaining in Thursday's 131-102 Timberwolves loss, Michael Beasley tossed a pass to Brad Miller as the two ran down the court.
The only problem? Miller wasn't looking, and Beasley didn't seem to notice.
It was a fitting move in a game like Thursday's, the Timberwolves' final game of the season and their worst deficit since March 2011. That pass Miller's focus and Beasley's utter carelessness was a metaphor for the season, one in which the maturity of a few could never tame the inconsistency and immaturity of the many.
And the worst thing about it was the headbands.
On Thursday, the Timberwolves all wore blue headbands in honor of Miller, whose retirement became official at the buzzer after at 14-year career. He's been a valuable veteran on the team this year, not so much for his presence on the court, but for his wisdom and experience in the locker room. There were tears and hugs, appreciation for the 36-year-old center when he left...