Category Archives: Game Analysis

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 […]

Timberwolves 95, Bulls 86: Understanding geometry

There was a point early on in the Wolves’ win over the Chicago Bulls in which Kevin Love was struggling. He wasn’t playing poorly but he was having trouble finding his way to the free throw line against Taj Gibson and Nazr Mohammed. The struggles against Taj Gibson aren’t anything new for Love, or anybody around the league really. […]

Raptors 94, Timberwolves 89: White Vegas is no joke

Toronto Tourism ad: ‘White Vegas’ from The Basketball Jones on Vimeo. I came away with three thoughts about the Wolves’ most recent loss, which was probably the one I’ve been the most accepting of (because I expected it) and the one that was simultaneously the most frustrating even though I had accepted their fate long before tip-off. The first […]

Spurs 104, Timberwolves 86: That's the power of Love

I’m not sure a game like this loss to the San Antonio Spurs is ever good, per se. The Spurs established their dominance by playing exactly how they love to play. The Wolves never were able to take back control of the game or dictate their own style. While both teams like to move the ball […]

T'Wolves 119, Bobcats 82: Resilience is a skill, growth is inevitable?

The hardest thing for me when it comes to writing about basketball is figuring out what to write when the Wolves blow somebody out. Everything typically goes correctly, because that’s how blowouts happen. There’s something odd about writing, “hey, the game plan worked!” especially when it’s against a bad team that is missing key players. […]

Mavericks 100, Timberwolves 98: Ed Malloy up in here

If you want to be cute about how you view the final play of this game, you immediately pull out the old rule book and read off the section in which the “hand is part of the ball.” It’s a valid rule. I cite it often when a player gets hit on the hand as […]