Author Archives: Steve McPherson

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.

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?

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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 […]

Timberwolves 101, Magic 104: Fournier Is a Disease (That You Should Never Google)

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Let’s lay some groundwork for last night’s loss in Orlando, because the distance imparted by television makes it easy to begin to think of every game as the same thing done over and over again, the players as action figures whose accumulated statistics mean Player X will make or miss Shot Y based on his […]

Timberwolves 117, Hawks 107: The Skin of Their Teeth

Sometimes halftime is the worst thing that can happen to a team that’s up big — especially if it’s a young team. Although this year’s Minnesota Timberwolves have more veteran experience than last year’s squad, those players are pretty much over the NBA hill (as attested to by Andre Miller’s angst-ridden fast break from tonight’s […]

Goodbye, Flip

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It’s a flawless late-October day in the Twin Cities. This morning, my wife and my daughter and I went to a park in Northeast to get some pictures taken because we’re expecting our second child any time now. I was glad for the good, crisp weather after two days of rains and clouds because it […]