Author Archives: Steve McPherson

2015-16 Roster Review: Zach LaVine

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Zach LaVine’s unearthly dunking ability is a blessing and a curse. The kind of aerial grace he displayed in back-to-back Slam Dunk Contest championships at All-Star Weekend is — unlike Steph Curry’s astounding 3-point shooting — not a game changer within the game, per se. Yes, it’s thrilling when he gets loose on the break […]

Roster Review: Tayshaun Prince

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I’m listening to Radiohead and thinking about Tayshaun Prince. A Moon Shaped Pool is Radiohead’s ninth album and it arrived last Sunday, the most Radiohead day of the week possible to release an album. If you want to date their formation back to when all the band’s members started a band called On A Friday […]

Roster Review: Kevin Martin

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Timberwolves fans are accustomed to looking for change. (And I don’t mean between the couch cushions, which is where the cash from selling second round picks always seems to end up.) For a franchise that has had eight head coaches and four GMs in the last 11 years, it’s simply expected. In that same span, […]

Roster Review: Damjan Rudez (Can’t Fail)

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Damjan Rudez averaged the fewest minutes per game on the Minnesota Timberwolves this past season, and played the third fewest total minutes. He averaged the fewest points per game; he averaged the fewest steals per game; he averaged the fewest assists per game. And fewest rebounds, free throws attempted, 2-pointers attempted and second-fewest field goals […]

What Thibs Talks About When He Talks About Basketball

One of the toughest and most critical things to generate when writing fiction is subtext. You see, we most of us go through our lives simply trying to communicate with something like maximum efficiency, as if language is a quadratic equation. That is, I want x, I say y and — if I say it […]

Timberwolves 113, Kings 104: Far Away, So Close

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Look at the last stretch of games for the Minnesota Timberwolves since the start of the second week of March and you can see that this team might actually be starting to make a little sense. They’re young and talented, with a starting lineup that’s beginning to gel, but are still inexperienced overall when it […]

Timberwolves 114, Grizzlies 108: A win is a win is a win

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The Memphis Grizzlies are in dire straits. They’ve already been granted three injury hardship exceptions and when Mario Chalmers — a feelgood story this year for Memphis — went down with a season-ending Achilles rupture, they had little choice but to waive him in order to get enough healthy bodies on the roster to play […]

Timberwolves 91, Spurs 116: Who Wants a Free T-Shirt

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Timberwolves 98, Wizards 104: Their A&R Man Said, “I Don’t Hear A Single”

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In 2009, the band French Kicks released Swimming, and it was absolutely and without question one of the best EPs of the year. Leadoff track “Abandon” established the tone: taut guitar lines viewed through a smeared, blurry lens of towering echo; sleepy-eyed vocals nearly out of earshot in a nearby room; enveloping bass working its […]

Timberwolves 124, Celtics 122: Bring Me the Next Brad Stevens

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Despite a monster first quarter and overall terrific play from Karl-Anthony Towns, the Timberwolves did just about everything they could to kick this one away down the stretch. The ending of the game followed the pattern of the game overall. Minnesota pushed out to a 16 point lead over the Boston Celtics early, then watched […]