Miscellaneous News

Open threes, inbounds passes, mad for taxes: Wolves mini-bullets

  • Yesterday, I wrote about the way the Wolves’ overcame the Chuck Hayes effect by running some off-the-ball action for Kevin Love. Well here’s an interesting look by the always on-point Sebastian Pruiti at NBA Playbook about just how Love got so open on that late three. What’s interesting about this to me is that, earlier in the game, the Rockets had been having success going over screens and running Love off the three point line. But late in the game they chose to switch, which is what made this open look possible. Mr. Pruiti explains:

Hayes and Lowry don’t communicate with each other here, and that is what hurts them on this play.  One of two things needed to happen here.  Either Hayes should have let Lowry know he was switching or Lowry should have let Hayes no that he got through the screen and no switch was needed.  Instead, one defender does one thing while the other does something else, leaving Love wide open.

Here’s the play (but you should definitely check out all of Pruiti’s post, because you’ll learn something):

  • And here’s Zach Lowe at The Point Forward discussing Love’s controversial outlet pass in New Orleans. (Only Kevin Love could be capable of a controversial outlet pass).

The Timberwolves organization doesn’t appear to be concerned about Rubio’s shooting struggles. President David Kahn has said many times that the 20-year-old needs time to develop his game and that his stay in Europe would help prepare him for the NBA. Kahn is optimistic Rubio will come over to join their team next season, and the Wolves sorely need him…Rubio’s strengths would fit into Timberwolves coach Kurt Rambis’ system, which requires the point guard to run the offense more than be a scorer. That kind of role should reduce the pressure on Rubio as he eases into the NBA life in a new country.

  • Finally, here’s some more talk about that Target Center renovation. Not surprisingly, the proponents of the $150 million plan were hoping for a little public funding. Even less surprisingly, no one is terribly excited to provide it. Steve Brandt of the STrib reports:

First, although civic promoters of the renovation signal that they plan to rely heavily on state financing, the $150 million request isn’t even in the city’s legislative program for 2011, which asks only for the same $6.5 million sought unsuccessfully last year for arena repairs.

Second, legislative leaders remain tightly focused on balancing the budget and addressing the state’s economic climate, and they say other issues must wait.

Yeah, I suppose that makes sense.

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