Author Archives: Steve McPherson

Timberwolves 106, Sixers 99: The Heave-Ho for the SEGABABA Bugbear

It’s no secret that the Timberwolves’ greatest pitfall this season has been what the kids call a SEGABABA (SEcond GAme of a BAck-to-BAck). Going into last night’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers they were 1-5 in such games and had faced and summarily dismissed the Pistons in Detroit on Tuesday night. With Michael Carter Williams […]

Timberwolves 112, Mavericks 106: Flash and Grind

After Wednesday night’s 117-110 loss to the Denver Nuggets at home, Corey Brewer said, “We’ve got to get some kind of swag, or energy. I was in Denver last year, and we thought we were the greatest team ever, even when we weren’t. We need to get an identity. We don’t have an identity yet.” […]

A Luc Richard Mbah a Moute Primer

Zach already did a nice job of talking about the actual transaction between Minnesota and Sacramento that switched Derrick Williams for Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, and he included some info on the man we’ll all get used to calling LRMAM, but I thought I’d go a little more in-depth on him with some numbers. […]

Timberwolves 98, Clippers 102: A Game of Ruins

This was a weird game. It’s a well-worn cliché that basketball is a game of runs — that when one team falls behind by double digits suddenly, it’s just a matter of time before the other team scores a bunch of unanswered point. But this game pushed that to extremes. The Clippers opened up the […]

Timberwolves 106, Celtics 88: Kevin Love is a Pirate

Before we get started, look at this: LOOK AT IT. OK, cool. I can make this pretty simple: This is a game the Wolves were supposed to win and they did, even though they weren’t terribly great at any point, really. Yes: The Celtics got as close as 5 points at the end of the […]

Kevin Love: After All That I've Run From, Where the F__k Did You Come From?

Our very own Zach Harper penned this thought-provoking, nuanced take on Kevin Love and where he is right now with the Timberwolves for TrueHoop’s new series of TrueCities features centered around different teams and their local stories. (See also Danny Nowell’s great read about Portland’s indie culture and how it relates to the Blazers.) But […]

NBA on ESPN Wins Hearts and Minds with Love Dial

The NBA on ESPN promos centered around a cross-country RV tour with basketball players and commentators have always been great, but this one will warm Timberwolves fans’ hearts with the power of a thousand thermonuclear devices. I don’t want Rubio’s basketball career to ever end, but when it does, he should go into acting. His […]

Timberwolves 107, Clippers 109: 99 Problems, Of Which The Bench Is One (And Probably The Biggest)

Over the years, most Timberwolves fans have had their share of moral victories, and most have likely grown sick of them. If you’ve been a fan for more than this season, you know what I’m talking about: although the team loses, they keep it close, or maybe at least show some teeth somewhere in there. […]

Timberwolves 93, Warriors 106: If I Had A Heart

J.J. Barea sat in front of his locker reading down a ripped box score sheet after the game. Nikola Pekovic leaned over to look at it and a member of the PR team walking by offered a crisp, freshly printed one to Pek. “I don’t need it,” he said, and returned to putting his socks […]

Timberwolves 120, Orlando 115: The Long and Winding Road

“One down!” bellowed Nikola Pekovic in the locker room after the game. “Eighty-one to go,” replied Ronny Turiaf with a bit more reserve. Moments earlier, Shabazz Muhammad had inadvertently knocked a cup of Gatorade over next to Turiaf’s chair, and Turiaf had not been pleased. Gorgui Dieng had tried to calm the waters. “Come on,” […]