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David Thorpe Talks Wiggins and 3-pointers

  Update: Since this post went up, Timberwolves PR has directed me to the full context of the quote below and pointed out that there’s a big difference between saying “a major part” and “a main part.” Fair enough. It still seems worth discussing exactly what that difference is, and that’s largely what this post […]

Timberwolves 99, Lakers 101: It’s A Good Life If You Don’t Weaken

Twenty minutes after a 2-point overtime loss to the visiting Los Angeles Lakers, Zach LaVine sat in front of his locker, putting on a floridly color-blocked sock inside out. It was LaVine’s foul on Jordan Clarkson that sent Clarkson to the line with 0.3 seconds left in the extra period to seal the win and […]

Timberwolves 106, Jazz 104: Theater of the Absurd

Note: if you have not seen or read Waiting for Godot, this might not make much sense. If you have seen or read Waiting for Godot, this still might not make much sense. But that’s the point. Energy Solutions Arena. A tree, one that looks much like Rudy Gobert. Evening. A chance meeting under the Utah moonlight for […]

Timberwolves 95, Knicks 92 OT: The caterpillar track

The caterpillar track was revolutionary in the business of defense. You can find variations of this technological advancement dating back to the 1770’s with several different inventors trying to revolutionize and patent the continuous track. For forty years, a British politician named Richard Lovell Edgeworth tried to figure out the caterpillar track and came up […]

Raptors 105, Timberwolves 100: Lorenzo (Sisyphus) Brown

The struggle itself toward the heights is enough to fill a man’s heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy. – Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus Lorenzo Brown was selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the 52nd overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. He played with their summer league team in Las Vegas before coming […]

Timberwolves 106, Nets 122: Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Basketball Game

With apologies to Wallace Stevens. I A skeleton crew of wolves — leaderless, bereft of energy, stripped raw by the road — came back, but not home. II For a team to suffer from defensive breakdowns, first there must be a defense. III Plus/minus is a stat that depends a lot on context, except when […]

Spurs 123, Wolves 97: Yes, the Spurs would do that

Typically, when the Minnesota Timberwolves look like they’re going to get blown out in a game and I’m on recap duty, I start thinking of tangents and topics outside of basketball I can explore in my writing. There’s no real sense in figuring out why a bad team got destroyed by a good team. This is […]

The Rubio Effect? A statistical comparison of the Timberwolves’ three point guards

When a team is 14-48 and playing out the string, digging for interesting angles to write about can become rather burdensome. Such is life for the Wolves’ scribe nowadays. The novelty of Kevin Garnett’s return has worn off. The always entertaining Shabazz Muhammad, who was in the middle of a breakout year, is done for the […]

Clippers 89, Timberwolves 76: There’s a whistle solo

Watching the parade of personal and technical fouls that characterized Monday night’s Wolves-Clips matchup got me thinking about one of my favorite Elliott Smith covers, “Jealous Guy.” At the beginning, Smith asks the crowd, in his uniquely timid way, if there are any whistlers in the crowd. “This is your big chance,” he says, “there’s […]

Timberwolves 121, Blazers 113: Old games, injuries, and confidence

For some reason, the 14-win Timberwolves have found a relatively strange level of success against the 41-win Portland Trail Blazers this season. They managed to beat the Blazers back in December amidst the flurry of injuries to Ricky Rubio, Nikola Pekovic, and Kevin Martin, ending what was a 6-game losing streak. While injuries and losing […]