Category Archives: Game Analysis

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 […]

Timberwolves 120, Wizards 98: Down the stretch they start…

For weeks, I’ve been banging the drum of waiting for the turn in the schedule. While inconsistencies have teased our basketball hearts and frustrations have mounted, I’ve preached patience and perspective in this 82-game campaign. Their early schedule was pretty brutal. Lots of back-to-backs on the road and against really good teams. Lots of one […]

Celtics 101, Timberwolves 97: Will you accept quality before production?

This was an annoying loss. There are a couple of go-to scapegoats you could give for this loss. Wolves were on the second night of a road back-to-back and we saw a lot of missed shots that would normally be easy makes. The Wolves were also playing without their second leading scorer and the 16th […]

Timberwolves 101, Grizzlies 93: Playing with the big boys

We went through what the Memphis Grizzlies fans are going through right now. You’re without your best player and other teams are picking on you in the process. This happens because nobody in the NBA cares if you’re injured, sick, or apathetic. Show a weakness and any good team will come through and destroy you […]

Thunder 113, Wolves 103: I want a Kevin Durant for Christmas

Tickle Me Elmo can go kick rocks. I want a Kevin Durant for Christmas. How do you get one of those? Are they harder to find than a PS4 right now? Does anybody know where I can get a PS4 and a Kevin Durant right now? I firmly believe Kevin Love is a star in this […]

Pacers 98, Timberwolves 84: Wolves stuck in neutral (it's a car pun)

I feel like every time I write about this matchup between the Wolves and Pacers, I end up with the same recap. This is a terrible matchup for the Wolves. I don’t think they have too many bad match-ups at this point in the roster construction process. Put them against most any team in the […]