Category Archives: Game Analysis

Nets 114, Timberwolves 99: A Love ballad worth learning

After the Wolves lost at home to the a struggling New York Knicks team (which apparently was about to start finally fighting for their playoff lives), I have to admit I mentally checked out for the season. I’m not one to really overreact to a win or loss. I try to stay even-keeled for the […]

Suns 127, Timberwolves 120: The best of both worlds?

We’ve been here before, hoping for competitive losses. I should clarify. I’ve certainly been here before. I can’t assume you guys are necessarily there with me and based on the frustration flowing through my Twitter feed and some of the local media on Sunday, I might be mostly alone on this one for now. That’s […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Thunder 106, Timberwolves 97: Every Silver Lining

No one expected much from the Timberwolves on Wednesday night in Oklahoma City, where they were set to play the red-hot Thunder, winners of 11 of 12 coming in. Not only had Minnesota played the night before, the starters logging big minutes in a closer-than-it-needed-to-be victory over the Los Angeles Lakers, but Corey Brewer would […]

Hawks 120, Timberwolves 113: Two Halves to a Hole

Oh, the Minnesota Timberwolves, as vexing and perplexing as ever, up one night and down the next, from one half to the next, one quarter to the next, one possession to the next. If anything is consistent, it’s their inconsistency. They haven’t lost more than three in a row, nor have they won more than […]

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 […]