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Wolves 129, Nets 109: An Easy Win is a Good Win

According to nba.com/stats, the Brooklyn Nets have the league’s 28th ranked offense and 29th ranked defense. I guess it’s no surprise, then, that they also hold (by far) the league’s worst record. After losing by 20 to the Timberwolves last night at Target Center, the Nets fell to 9-38. The next-worst team (Phoenix Suns) has […]

Pacers 109, Wolves 103: “Pacers made shots”…and Other Stuff Happened

The NBA regular season is too long. We know this for two main reasons: We don’t need 82 games to determine which teams are the best and most deserving of playoff berths; The sport is too physically demanding to require so many games of the players. But the status quo of 82 games is long […]

2nd Quarter Report Card

Sunday’s disappointing game at Dallas was the Timberwolves’ 41st of the season, which means that they just reached the midway point. Which means that it’s time for another quarterly report card. In case you missed the first quarter edition, click here. (I’ll also include the first-quarter grades here, in parentheses.) The stats included in this […]

Timberwolves 119, Rockets 105: A Respite from Repetition

A good NBA season has chapters within it. Things need to happen to change the way that the team and its players are viewed. Fans need segments smaller than 82 games to process what they’re watching in interesting and entertaining ways; to establish a narrative that makes the whole experience feel meaningful. Taken as one […]

Blazers 95, Timberwolves 89: New Year, Old Habits

The Portland Trail Blazers were struggling and short handed when they arrived in Minneapolis for a New Year’s Day matchup with the Timberwolves. They were 7 games below .500 (14-21) and playing the worst defense in the NBA. Damian Lillard, the Blazers’ superstar guard averaging a career-high 27 points per game, was out with an […]

Wolves 104, Hawks 90: Shots Falling, and “What it’s supposed to be like”

“It’s easier to win basketball games when you make shots.” Somebody famous or smart said that once. I can’t remember if I read it in a John Wooden book or an article from the Sloan Conference on sports analytics. It’s really good insight. Tonight, facing the Atlanta Hawks for the second time in six nights, […]

Nine Things I Observe About Thibs

Here are 9 things that I’ve observed from Thibs since he started coaching the Timberwolves. Thibs swears a lot. If someone asked me what makes the average HBO television series better than most shows on ABC or NBC, I’d probably begin with something like, “better writing and character development.” I would try to include the […]

Losing the strangers we want to know: R.I.P. Craig Sager

R.I.P. Craig Sager

INBOX: Wolves Transition D Struggles & Rethinking this Stage of Development

Patrick J (post-Warriors loss on December 11): I’m getting nervous about what’s going on with the Wolves. They don’t seem to be getting any better, and we’re almost halfway through December. Does the spurt of improvement not happen until February or March? I hate when that happens – even though it is better than no […]

Warriors 116, Timberwolves 108: What We’d Like to Be

“[The Warriors] have a bunch of superstar players that all embrace the role of sharing and sacrificing. And that’s what’s necessary to win big in this league. When you watch, you see how connected they are, offensively and defensively. And that’s what we’re striving for, and that’s what we’d like to be.” Tom Thibodeau summed […]