Category Archives: Game Analysis

Rockets 112, Timberwolves 101: I mean… Aaron Brooks had 26 points…

I try to stay pretty measured when I’m talking about basketball for a very egotistical reason: I like being right. I wish I had a nobler quest for discussing basketball but for the most part, I don’t see the point of taking a biased look at the NBA when it could stop you from being […]

Wizards 104, Timberwolves 100: Get. Back. On. Defense.

Check the highlight reel above from Tuesday night’s loss to the Washington Wizards. That’s John Wall and Bradley Beal destroying your beloved Wolves. As I kept looking over stuff from this game, I couldn’t help but keep coming back to the image of Wall and his cohorts ramming the ball into the faceĀ of the Wolves […]

Nuggets 117, Timberwolves 113: Seemingly little effort at altitude

I’m not sure what you blame this one on but I do think it was a fascinating game. There’s the altitude issue that we can start with when looking at this game. Honestly, I know it’s a thing that players have to adjust to on the fly but I don’t think it should take away […]

Timberwolves 113, Lakers 90: "I like the yard work"

With 42.7 seconds left in the fourth quarter of the Wolves-Lakers game, we had this exchange between Dave Benz and Jim Petersen while the game was delayed to spray blood off of the shorts of Pau Gasol: “You do that don’t you? You sprits to get the mold off, don’t you?” – Jim Petersen “No, […]

Timberwolves 109, Knicks 100: This team is… good? Really good?

There’s a certain period of adjustment in expectations when you’ve got a bad team becoming a good team. You have a time in which the first quarter excellence isn’t such a surprise; it just becomes what you expect. Then the double-digit leads are expected to be kept throughout most of the game. Then you stop […]

Timberwolves 105, Suns 93: A Better Tomorrow

Its a given that this Timberwolves’ season has been a bitter disappointment. I always believed that prognosticating before the year even began was foolish; the calculus of variables was just too ornate to ever settle confidently on one outcome. I think its safe to say, though, that the year has become something close to the […]

Clippers 111, Timberwolves 95: Pretty healthy and limping to the finish

Maybe it doesn’t matter what type of team you have. People get tired and worn down. It’s hard to continue to fight for something that really doesn’t have an end game. There are days you don’t want to be at your job, even when you make a lot of money and have a cool profession. […]

Warriors 105, Timberwolves 89: Let's kick some ice

I’ve been watching the HBO series Entourage lately when I go to bed for a couple of reasons. The first reason is it helps me clear my head when I’m lying down to sleep. It’s something that’s fairly mindless and I can just relax to. The episodes are relatively short (25 minutes) so if I […]

Timberwolves 107, Pistons 101: A Grand Don't Come for Free

In many ways, Rick Adelman’s 1,000th win resembled his 703rd loss. As in Friday night’s game against Toronto, his team enjoyed spells of real ease, in which an overmatched opponent appeared ready to fold the tent and cede the game. In this one, the Wolves cruised to an 11-point lead in the first quarter. They […]

Timberwolves 93, Raptors 95: Take Care

There are few things in basketball as deflating as watching an opposing midrange jumpshooter on a hot streak. You know that, even with his impressive arsenal of fades and stepbacks, when he shoots that beautiful 18-footer over his defender’s outstretched hand, he is taking the least efficient shot on the floor. He is doing exactly […]