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Puppy Breath and… Nutmeg?

Zach Harper —  February 25, 2012 — 2 Comments

In last night’s Rising Stars game, Ricky Rubio put on a passing display that had the internets a blazing.

He also went 5-hole against DeMarcus Cousins before finding Blake Griffin on the alley-oop.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rne9SeYx8To

Big ups to Derrick Williams for not trying to Greg Monroe the end of this play.

There was also this pass to a running and traveling Markieff Morris:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egXg1bb3u3w

He caught Evan Turner looking too.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEZNmhH30i8

Overall, it was a pretty decent night of “basketball” in terms of highlights. John Wall’s dunks were ridiculous and Kyrie Irving somehow shot 130% on 3-point attempts. D Dub in the dunk contest tonight!

Michael Beasley shows out

Zach Harper —  February 23, 2012 — 6 Comments

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYDzvmoGIcE

The Wolves debuted this video the other night at the Target Center during the game against Philadelphia. It was during a timeout when this hit the jumbotron.

Everybody seemed to be enjoying the singing of the various Wolves players, ironically or not. Then it got to Beas’ part and it was the  awkward extended stay on him trying to figure out the lyrics that lured everybody’s attention to a heightened state. As he started to get into the flow of the song, I looked down at the players coming out of the huddle, some discussing strategy and some looking up at the scoreboard in awe of what Beasley was doing.

I panned my vision over to Beasley, who was busy trying to get assistant coach Jack Sikma to look up at the board to witness the show that was about to explode when Beas remembered the lyrics. Beasley was into it and the rest of the team was too. It was something that could have completely removed focus from Mike and what he needed to do coming out of the timeout. But instead, he seemed to have a little more pep in his step.

I was so enthralled with Beasley’s reaction to himself that I never saw the Pekovic part or knew it happened. That was a pleasant surprise.

The Wolves got Kevin Love a couple of easy baskets against the Houston Rockets during their fourth and final meeting of the season by finding ways to get him moving across the lane and into the strong side of the floor. I thought I’d examine a couple of plays by breaking down how they developed and the options it leaves Minnesota on the floor. I figured I’d get my Sebastian Pruiti on for a little bit.  Continue Reading…

This happened in the win over the Rockets and it definitely deserves its own post. Can’t stop watching.

I can’t remember the last time I had this much fun watching a guy on this team.

From Marc Spears, Derrick Williams will join Chase Budinger, Paul George and Iman Shumpert in the dunk contest on February 25th.

Maybe he can bring Derrick Brown D.J. White out as a prop?

This is the in-game, jumbotron video from the game “Where in the world is Nikola Pekovic? in all of its glory.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Heu05Vs7Id8

Potential is stupid.

I have discussions with basketball fans every night on the Daily Dime Live chat on ESPN.com and every night I read comments about how good several young prospects in the league are going to be. There’s nothing wrong with being excited about what could happen in the future. As a Wolves fan, we’ve been going through this mental process for years on years on years now.

Al Jefferson could be a franchise guy some day. If Gerald Green can get some consistent play, he’s going to be a steal for us. Good lord, did the Wolves really just bring back Sebastian Telfair again? Kevin Love needs to get minutes because he’d be the best rebounder in the NBA. Maybe if Jonny Flynn isn’t in the triangle, it won’t look like he’s trying to murder the game of basketball.

If Wes would just attack the basket… If we can get Ricky Rubio to just play here for a couple seasons… Michael Beasley’s scoring ability is like none other if he’ll just get better shot selection… THIS will be the team that Anthony Randolph finally shines on if he can get some minutes…

It’s always if, if and more ifs. Continue Reading…

The recap will be up in a few hours, but I wanted to get this Rubio highlight up.

Third quarter: Rubio drives into the lane, wraps the ball around his waist like a hula hoop and wows everybody in the building.

Apparently, even Brandon Knight can’t believe the move.

I was going through the Synergy breakdown of Friday night’s game and I found something very troubling.

I couldn’t find a sweet little behind the back bounce pass from Ricky Rubio to Kevin Love near the end of the third quarter that sent a quiver up my spine. I remember freaking out about it in the Daily Dime Live chat. And by freak out, I said, “Rubio! That was SICK.” Here is the assist in question:

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Pretty awesome episode of Sports Science showing the physiology of Kevin Love under the boards.

We watch him grab rebound after rebound every night, but it would probably behoove us to watch more of the action with him before he grabs the rebound than watching the ball. The amount of force and pressure his body must endure on nearly every rebound (that doesn’t even count the few boards he doesn’t grab) has to take a severe toll on his body.

Enjoy.