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Back to Work to Do Your Job: Timberwolves 97, Mavericks 84

After their win at Denver on February 15, the Timberwolves had 8 days off. Only Karl-Anthony Towns had All-Star Weekend obligations, so most of the team had some pure time to relax. On Friday night back at Target Center, they appeared more rested than rusty, beating the Dallas Mavericks by 13 points, 97-84. The Mavs […]

A meeting between POBO Thibs & Coach Thibs

[As most Timberwolves fans know, the team’s President of Basketball Operations is Tom Thibodeau. Their Head Coach is also Tom Thibodeau. These distinct characters that occupy the same body take on very different personalities and don’t always see eye to eye on decisions concerning the team that they work for and manage. What follows is […]

Grizzlies 107, Wolves 99: A hot start… but not much else.

The Timberwolves first basket was a wide-open three pointer by Ricky Rubio. It came off of a long offensive rebound by Andrew Wiggins who kicked it out to Ricky. Their next basket was a three by Karl-Anthony Towns, also assisted by Wiggins, with the shot clock expiring. In the opening minutes they had other good […]

A Look at the Timberwolves’ Scoring Efficiency So Far in 2016-17

The Timberwolves are now 50 games into the 2016-17 season. How are the team’s key players performing in Tom Thibodeau’s system? I discuss this below.*

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

According to, 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, […]