Category Archives: Game Analysis

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 […]

Timberwolves 107, Bucks 98: Ricky Rubio, Buck Hunter Pro

It’s amazing how fun Ricky Rubio can be at times. We know about the passing and the steals. We know he can crash the boards and break down opposing perimeter defenders. And we see glimpses of an improved jump shooter. In fact, over Rubio’s last 10 games, he’s over 40% from the field (41.2%) and […]

Grizzlies 99, Timberwolves 86: Gritted and grounded

During Friday night’s stunning win over the Oklahoma City Thunder, Rick Adelman talked about how he was happy to see that the team didn’t have any lulls throughout their game. It was a reason they were able to match the runs the Thunder went on. It was the reason they were able to topple a […]

Lakers 120, Timberwolves 117: it takes courage

That’s the only thing we’re going to remember from this game and probably rightfully so. The Lakers gave the Wolves a lot of opportunities to stay in this game. They played horrendous defense throughout much of the second half and the Wolves fought back to make it a game, thanks to Smite-a-Dwight in the 10th […]

Bulls 104, Timberwolves 97: a broken clock is wrong almost always

“A broken clock is right twice a day.” This is one of those sayings that is supposed to be clever and profound, but all it does is make me irate when people use it as a crutch for a terrible argument. Sure, a broken clock is correct twice a day, unless you’re in the military […]