Author Archives: Steve McPherson

Timberwolves 102, Pelicans 116: Reboots and Rebuilds

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The first time I started watching FX’s Fargo, I didn’t know what to expect and, even after a few episodes, didn’t really know what I was watching. A TV show based on a movie: Is it a remake? A reboot? A reimagining? The show itself gave few clues, beyond the fact that the tone, setting […]

Timberwolves 123, Thunder 126: Shop Talk

Nov 25, 2015; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves guard Andrew Wiggins (22) shakes hands with Minnesota Timberwolves forward Tayshaun Prince (12) after making a shot in the second half against the Atlanta Hawks at Target Center. The Timberwolves won 99-95. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Every game begins unknown. A few hours later, it’s decided: a win or a loss, binary, a one, a zero. But in between, there’s a well of experience for each of the fifteen or so players involved that fills up: expectations, perceptions, decisions, recognitions, surprises. As you line them up, the games stretch into a […]

Timberwolves 94, Mavericks 106: The Seven Karl-Anthony Towns Plays You Meet in Heaven

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It was coming the whole night in a game that fit the classic mold of one where the Timberwolves looked good, but never managed to definitively put the hammer down on the other team. They comprehensively winterized the Phoenix Suns over the weekend and then watched yet another 17-point lead slip out of their hands […]

Timberwolves 104, Rockets 107: The Ghost of a Team Yet to Come

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With the Houston Rockets up 107-104 on the Minnesota Timberwolves and 7 seconds remaining, it was clear what the Wolves needed: a 3-pointer to tie the game. Unfortunately, Minnesota doesn’t have any plays designed to get a 3-point shot, instead relying on the flow of the offense to generate those looks — a thing that […]

Timberwolves 99, Cavaliers 125: I’m Watching a Blowout Loss AMA

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Here’s a measure of my confidence in the outcome of this game before it even began. Every A Wolf Among Wolves recap begins with the teams’ names and the score, Minnesota first, the visiting team second (at least, that’s the way I’ve always done it). Before this game began, I set up my document with […]

Timberwolves 95, Spurs 101: The Stars at Night

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A much better game than the drubbing the Minnesota Timberwolves suffered at home against the San Antonio Spurs last week, last night’s tilt was a perfect example of the gap between a promising team and a genuinely good one. Share this because Rubio would pass this along:

Timberwolves 93, Nuggets 109: The Force Is Having Trouble Getting Out of Bed

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A long time ago in a galaxy not so far away, there was the original Star Wars trilogy, and a little later, there were the Minnesota Timberwolves of the mid-90s to early 2000s, led by Kevin Garnett. Neither was perfect. Star Wars was ridden with adventure movie clichés and saddled with some odd character choices […]

Timberwolves 123, Lakers 122: Rooting for the Clothes

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  When Kevin Garnett and Kobe Bryant were drafted straight out of high school in 1995 and 1996, respectively, I couldn’t have cared less about professional basketball. I could have told you the Chicago Bulls were good, and that was about it. Five years later, though, and I would count Garnett as one of my […]

Zach LaVine: Two-foot or Not Two-foot?

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Zach LaVine (8) pushes the ball down the court past Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec, 8, 2014, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

During the Timberwolves-Hawks game the other night, Jim Petersen again brought up something he’s mentioned several times during the season: Zach LaVine’s finishing off of one-foot on drives versus finishing off two-feet. In a nutshell, Petersen’s contention was that LaVine is a more consistent finisher at the rim off two-feet than one because it gives […]

Timberwolves 99, Hawks 95: Halves and Halves-Nots

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This was a tale of two halves, but not in the way the first meeting between these two teams was, when the Timberwolves roared out to a 34 point lead only to see it evaporate as they narrowly squeaked out a win in Atlanta against the Hawks. No: tonight the game was close just about […]