Author Archives: Zach Harper

Timberwolves 123, Mavericks 122: Ricky Buckets 2.0

I’m not going to be unrealistic here. That was a bit flukey. Ricky Rubio became the new Ricky Buckets, if only for a night, and it was largely due to a pretty mediocre at best Dallas Mavericks’ defense. I don’t know why Jose Calderon was pressuring Rubio when he had the ball 30 feet from […]

Timberwolves 104, Kings 102: What's in a trade?

I’m fascinated with how we judge/view trades. As soon as a trade is completed, we judge the winners and losers of a trade. This is weird because we don’t wait to see how it works; we simply project our own values and expertise onto the transaction and start deciding how good or bad a deal […]

Shooting yourself in the foot and probably missing that too

The Minnesota Timberwolves need to hit more shots. The end. Okay, that’s not totally the end. That would be an extremely short post of basketball analysis, but at this point in the season I am of the belief that this is the crux of the Wolves’ issue with the 2013-14 season. It’s hard to judge […]

Timberwolves 114, Pistons 101: I have looked into sadness

Look, we know this season has been sort of frustrating for the Minnesota Timberwolves and their fans. The close games have left us wondering just how unlucky/unfortunate/unwilling to hit a shot a team can be. They’ve shown flashes of brilliance all around, put up the kind of team numbers that scream playoffs, and yet it looks like they’ll […]

Timberwolves 132, Nuggets 128: Doug Moe, stand up!

There are so many possible places to go with this game recap that is never really a recap of the actual game but a rumination about something bigger happening within the construct of the season. There’s the road trip the Wolves needed to nail and did. Right before the trip, I commented on how the […]

February was the Month of (Kevin) Love

  The Minnesota Timberwolves passed out this awesome infographic Monday morning on how ridiculous of a month Kevin Love had for this team. Considering much of that was down two starters, Love saw much more attention from the defense and still managed to pour in some historic numbers while keeping the Wolves as competitive as […]

Timberwolves 121, Jazz 104: Messed around and triple dipped

What can you accomplish in 32 minutes and 35 seconds? You can run a load of laundry. You can probably cook a really nice dinner as long as the preparation isn’t too time-consuming. You can watch an episode of Full House with commercials and even pause it on the DVR to use the bathroom or play Words With Friends […]

Meet the Timberpuppies!

This. Is. Amazing. Share this because Rubio would pass this along:

Timberwolves 109, Lakers 99: Love hurts, Love kills, Love is great

I used to play basketball with a guy we’ll call Chris. We’ll call him Chris because that’s his name. I never actually knew his last name. He went to my old gym in Sacramento and was part of the regular games we’d run on Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday nights. He’d also be around for Thursday […]

Grizzlies 94, Timberwolves 90: Questioning with questions

The Wolves lost another four-point game. This one was deceiving though. The Wolves were down big early then came roaring (howling?) back to take the lead for some time in the fourth quarter. Then they gave up the lead and the game was pretty much decided in the final minute with a five to seven-point […]