Author Archives: Steve McPherson

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 […]

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.