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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 […]

The Kevin Garnett Trade: An AWAW Email Exchange

I’ve been a Timberwolves fan since my early elementary years in the mid-90s. I can remember sitting in the upper deck with my dad, watching a Kevin Garnett, Stephon Marbury, and Tom Gugliotta big 3 lead the Timberwolves to their first playoff berth. My friend and AWAW amigo William Bohl was not (obsessively) watching basketball […]

Stop Saying the Wolves Are Trading a 1st Round Pick for Garnett

As soon as ESPN’s Marc Stein reported that the Minnesota Timberwolves were involved in a late push to bring back Kevin Garnett from the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for Thad Young, a particular drumbeat began that went: “Wolves traded a first round pick for a 38-year-old KG.” I’m here to tell you why this is […]

Timberwolves 98, Nets 91: Stopping By Barclays on an Autumn Evening

The Timberwolves jumped out to a hot start in last night’s game, which is not actually new. Last season, Minnesota boasted an offensive rating of 111.1 and a defensive rating of 101.1, good for a Bo Derek-approved net rating of 10.0. The problem, of course, was in the fourth quarter, where they only mustered a […]

Brookyln Bound: Wolves at Nets Preview

Yes, Deron Williams isn’t the player he was in Utah, but he still gets you 18 and 8 on most nights. No point guard sees a matchup against Brooklyn as a night off. He’s still a beast. Yes, Brook Lopez has a lengthy injury history to his record, but a healthy Brook is still a […]

Nets 114, Timberwolves 99: A Love ballad worth learning

After the Wolves lost at home to the a struggling New York Knicks team (which apparently was about to start finally fighting for their playoff lives), I have to admit I mentally checked out for the season. I’m not one to really overreact to a win or loss. I try to stay even-keeled for the […]

Timberwolves sign Turiaf; AK to the Nets

Garbage time, blown calls, awesome plays, victory celebrations: All of these just got a lot more fun, because Flip Saunders has signed the exceptionally enthusiastic, spectacularly bearded Ronny Turiaf for two-years and $3.2 million. (That’s the veterans’ minimum in case you were worried.) Turiaf isn’t really a good player or anything; I’d quote you some […]

Game Three Preview: Wolves at Nets in the Barclays Center

Hello, Brooklyn! After the horrible aftermath in the New York area (and much of the Eastern seaboard) took away the Brooklyn Nets’ theatrical home opener against the New York Knicks to kick off the Brooklyn era properly, New York’s newest team finally debuted their new duds and domicile against the Toronto Raptors. I don’t have a […]