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Are the Wolves the Most Disappointing Team in NBA History?

How bad a team is — in linear terms — is relatively easy to measure. The 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers are the sine qua non of awful by most standard measurements; their 9-73 win-loss record earned them the nickname the “Nine and 73ers” (which is pretty good, as far as nicknames go). But although their season […]

Timberwolves 95, Bulls 86: Understanding geometry

There was a point early on in the Wolves’ win over the Chicago Bulls in which Kevin Love was struggling. He wasn’t playing poorly but he was having trouble finding his way to the free throw line against Taj Gibson and Nazr Mohammed. The struggles against Taj Gibson aren’t anything new for Love, or anybody around the league really. […]

Bulls 104, Timberwolves 97: a broken clock is wrong almost always

“A broken clock is right twice a day.” This is one of those sayings that is supposed to be clever and profound, but all it does is make me irate when people use it as a crutch for a terrible argument. Sure, a broken clock is correct twice a day, unless you’re in the military […]

Bulls 87, Wolves 80: The block is hot

This was the first real test of the Wolves’ banged up season. Yes, the Brooklyn game was fun and the Pacers were a really good measuring stick for whether or not this team could execute against one of the better defenses in the league. Not nobody know defense like the Bulls know defense. There are […]

Game Six Preview: Wolves at Bulls

Welcome to the NBA everybody. You gut out a thrilling victory in a grueling game against one of the league’s most intense, physical teams. You expend copious energy, both physical and emotional. Then you get on a plane and do it all again the next night. Of course, while the Pacers are a well-coached, defensively […]

Timberwolves 81, Bulls 92: the centre cannot hold

I’ve made the case before that Derrick Williams’ development–either in becoming a consistent three or being traded for one–is essential to the Wolves’ coherence. With a consistent, dynamic wing scorer, the Wolves’ newly acquired white boy stew actually makes sense; without it, the team still feels to me haphazard and misshapen, an oblong collection of […]

Preseason Game Three Preview: Bulls vs Wolves at the Target Center

I wish I had something to add to last night’s affair against the Pacers, but I sadly didn’t get to watch the game. It looks like the Wolves let Derrick Williams be the man and sat the majority of the main guys to give them some rest. This is to be expected during the preseason. […]

Bulls trap Timberwolves under ice

A special kind of lethargy sets in when two feet of snow fall on your city. Everything seems wrapped in gauze. The world gets still and hushed. Wearing sweaters and looking out the window become important activities. This is a totally appropriate mood for things like melancholy contemplation and drinking dark beer. But when it […]