Author Archives: Steve McPherson

Pek Goes Too

I don’t want to alarm you, but the video they played at the Target Center last night as part of the campaign to get Nikola Pekovic to the All-Star Game is now up on YouTube: It’s sweet, really, and totally impossible, but kudos to their media team for putting it together. Maybe they should have […]

Timberwolves 88, Pelicans 77: Win Ugly

The myth of Narcissus concerns an impossibly beautiful young hunter who comes upon a pool of water in the forest and falls in love with his own reflection. Depending on the particular version of the story, Narcissus then commits suicide because he cannot possess his beloved, or maybe starves to death looking at his own […]

Pekovic Out for 7-10 Days with Bursitis

As you may have heard, an MRI on Nikola Pekovic’s right ankle revealed bursitis, which will sideline him for at least 7-10 days. In case you’re curious, bursitis is swelling in the bursa (fluid-filled sac), in this case the bursa in Pek’s ankle that helps ease friction and rubbing between things like bones and tendons. […]

Timberwolves 112, Jazz 97: And So We Beat On

Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard said, “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” So it goes with basketball as well. The search this season for some kind of overarching sense to the Minnesota Timberwolves has so far been fruitless. They have destroyed teams, have eaten them whole, bones and all. Ten […]

Timberwolves 108, Kings 111: Since Feeling Is First

There’s an old maxim that says when infidelity becomes an issue in a relationship, it’s not actually the problem — it’s just a symptom of a more fundamental flaw. Don’t worry: The Timberwolves aren’t cheating, although at this point I think a good chunk of the fanbase would be all right with them giving that […]

Timberwolves 103, Suns 104: "Tear It Down"

  Note: The title of this post should not be construed as a statement that it’s time to blow up the team. Just read this poem by Jack Gilbert called “Tear It Down.” Man, what happened? I mean, let’s be honest: The Wolves — in spite of getting Ronny Turiaf and Chase Budinger back, in […]

Timberwolves 111, Thunder 115: YOLO Contendre

I can’t blame you if you’re hurt. I wouldn’t blame you if you see this game as yet another referendum on this team, on the bench, on Kevin Love, on Kevin Love shaving his beard, on Rick Adelman, on whatever. I’m probably not going to talk you out of anything right now, but please and […]

A New Context: Muhammad Assigned to Iowa Energy

The news that the Wolves have assigned rookie Shabazz Muhammad to their NBA D-League affiliate in Des Moines is good. Playing with the Iowa Energy (including erstwhile Timberwolf Othyus Jeffers) for at least a week will give Muhammad some burn, and it’s clear from his recent short stints off the bench at the end of […]

Timberwolves 124, Pelicans 112: Headliners and Openers

After contributing a paltry five points — a total so low that MLA style would ask you to please write it out rather than use numerals — in Monday night’s difficult loss to the Dallas Mavericks, the Timberwolves’ bench came startlingly to life against the New Orleans Pelicans, pouring in 42 points with double-digit totals […]

Timberwolves 91, Lakers 104: Another Diet Fed by Crippling Defeat

Coaching is a dark art. I’ve long been wary of judging coaches based on what we can see of their job: how they are on the bench, how they use their timeouts, what plays they call out of timeouts and in late-game situations, who they play when. There’s just so much of the job that […]