Author Archives: Steve McPherson

So Long And Thanks For All The Fish

It’s not precisely right that I started writing about basketball because of Ricky Rubio, but it’s not entirely inaccurate. I followed the NBA on and off in high school and college, but it wasn’t until I moved to the Twin Cities in 2004 that I genuinely became a fan. I began to watch the Timberwolves […]

Timberwolves 104, Clippers 101: Heating up the Kitchen

The somewhat surprising outcome of this game hinges largely on two things: Karl-Anthony Towns and the depleted Los Angeles Clippers. Playing without Blake Griffin and Chris Paul (who seems to just about always kill the Wolves in the fourth quarter), the Clippers had to lean heavily on DeAndre Jordan. Jordan had a big night (29 […]

Timberwolves 103, Nuggets 105: Sweet Oblivion

After a loss like last night’s, it is so tempting to sink into the soft oblivion of believing there is one major flaw that is keeping the Minnesota Timberwolves from getting over the hump and into basic respectability. You’ll hear it from more casual basketball fans who drop in to watch a Wolves game now […]

Timberwolves 91, Spurs 105: Don’t Worry About Your Mama, the Spurs Will Take You To School

This is what experience looks like when it collides with youth. Despite missing Tony Parker, the San Antonio Spurs started an NBA Finals MVP, a two-time Defensive Player of the Year and an NBA All-Star — and that’s just Kawhi Leonard. The rest of their starters boast 11 All-Star appearances and 3 championships. Given the […]

Timberwolves 93, Celtics 99: Do The Collapse

By the end of the third quarter, I was hoping I was going to be able to write a recap about how the Minnesota Timberwolves had at last beaten the third quarter. If you’ve followed the team, you probably know the haps: The team’s net rating in the third quarter is -30.5, and even in […]

Timberwolves 110, Sixers 86: Welcome to the Party, Pal

It’s nice to get an easy one every once in a while, isn’t it? Especially on national TV. This was supposed to be the battle of Joel Embiid vs. Karl-Anthony Towns, but the collective work of the Wolves showed why we’ll have to wait a while before this battle of bigs becomes a genuine contest: […]

Timberwolves 123, Magic 107: When You’re Alone and Life Is Making You Lonely

To paraphrase Jerry Seinfeld’s riff on car rental places and apply it to the Timberwolves this season, they know to to get a lead, they just don’t know how to hold a lead. Before tonight’s game against the Magic in Orlando, the Wolves had played five games and held a double digit lead in the […]

Can Bjelica Be Elite (Son)?

There’s a lot that Nemanja Bjelica can and often does do right, mechanically speaking. He can make 3-pointers (although his 38.4% percentage on them last year has dipped pretty far to 23.1% this season), he is capable of seeing the floor well and making the right pass. He is 6-10, and although he will never […]

Hype Intensifies: Behind the Scenes from Production Day to Home Opener

Inside the arena, the home opener has a first day of school feel. On one side of you are the season ticket holders you got to know last year. It’s good to see them again. On the other side are some new people and you introduce yourself and make small talk: about the team’s prospects […]

The Preseason and the Task at Hand

People often have a hard time letting things they have no control over be what they are. Even when it comes to things we have an active role in we can’t help getting ahead of ourselves, but it’s almost always possible to come back to the here and now and focus on the next step […]