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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 […]

Timberwolves 91, Spurs 105: Don’t Worry About Your Mama, the Spurs Will Take You To School

This is what experience looks like when it collides with youth. Despite missing Tony Parker, the San Antonio Spurs started an NBA Finals MVP, a two-time Defensive Player of the Year and an NBA All-Star — and that’s just Kawhi Leonard. The rest of their starters boast 11 All-Star appearances and 3 championships. Given the […]

A How-To Guide to Discussing Zach LaVine Trade Ideas

In a recent podcast, Bill Simmons and Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer ran through an informal “power rankings” of the NBA teams through one month of games. On the Timberwolves (ranked 25th and considered by Simmons “the biggest shocker of the season” due to their early struggles) the two discussed chemistry problems within their young […]

Knicks 106, Timberwolves 104: The KAT & Kristaps Show

Tonight’s 106-104 loss to the New York Knicks has a happy story and a sad one. Let’s get the bad stuff out of the way and begin with the basic reality that the Wolves lost the game. They lost, and it was possibly their best chance to win in a brutal 11-game stretch that began […]

Timberwolves 98, Suns 85: Tyus Saves the Day

Winning feels better than losing. Everyone knows that. But for the 2016-17 Minnesota Timberwolves, the question is whether last night’s come-from-behind win over the Phoenix Suns is cause for fleeting joy – tonight they play the Curry & Durant Warriors tonight in Oakland, where they figure to take an L even if they play their […]

Hornets 115, Wolves 108: Third Quarter Meltdown, the ‘No Excuses’ Edition

This time Thibs couldn’t hide his frustration. His young team (historically-young team) keeps blowing third quarters and it’s beginning to wear on everybody. That includes the fans in the arena, the active followers on social media, the players on the floor, and especially head coach Tom Thibodeau. He was not a happy camper after Tuesday […]