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Putting it in team form


There’s a reason Tayshaun Prince is here, and a reason he’s earned the respect of so many people throughout his time in the NBA, and a reason to be optimistic about the effect he can have on the Wolves’ young core: he knows what it takes to build a winning team. That’s just about all he’s done in his career.

Wolves 112, Pistons 101: Keep on Truckin’

Ain’t nothin’ holdin’ me back nothin’ I’ll keep right on, right on truckin’ Ain’t nothin’ holdin’ me back nothin’ I’ll keep right on, right on truckin’ – Eddie Kendricks, Keep on Truckin’ Steph Curry and Kevin Durant launching heat check threes like trebuchets of fire is fun to watch. LeBron James and Russell Westbrook barrelling […]

Timberwolves 114, Pistons 101: I have looked into sadness

Look, we know this season has been sort of frustrating for the Minnesota Timberwolves and their fans. The close games have left us wondering just how unlucky/unfortunate/unwilling to hit a shot a team can be. They’ve shown flashes of brilliance all around, put up the kind of team numbers that scream playoffs, and yet it looks like they’ll […]

Timberwolves 121, Pistons 94: Free Throw Free-for-All

It’s time I let you in on a dirty little secret about the Minnesota Timberwolves: most nights, as a team, they are not very good at shooting the basketball. I know this might come as a bit of a shock, given the furious offensive pace in Tuesday night’s 121-94 shellacking of the Detroit Pistons. But […]

Timberwolves 107, Pistons 101: A Grand Don't Come for Free

In many ways, Rick Adelman’s 1,000th win resembled his 703rd loss. As in Friday night’s game against Toronto, his team enjoyed spells of real ease, in which an overmatched opponent appeared ready to fold the tent and cede the game. In this one, the Wolves cruised to an 11-point lead in the first quarter. They […]

Timberwolves 105, Pistons 82: Jigsaw Falling Into Place

You can see pretty easily where things started to work for the Timberwolves in this game by looking at this handy game flow chart, courtesy of First, the bad news: Obviously, neither teamed scored 140 points. Share this because Rubio would pass this along:

Preseason Game Six Preview: Pistons vs Wolves in Winnipeg

Just two more games are left in this preseason before we get to see some real action on the court. Now if we could just get through this without having anybody else get injured, we might just make it through the first month of the season when we see how tough and resilient our second […]

Taking care of business

The Philadelphia 76ers are a model franchise for the Timberwolves right now. Their best player isn’t widely regarded as a franchise guy but he is a player that sets the tone for everybody else. They’re fairly deep in terms of role players who can be effective on any given night. They’re playing great defense, explosive […]

Timberwolves roll, Pistons fold

Playing point guard in the NBA is hard. Each possession in a professional game is a fluid landscape, a field of constant, seemingly chaotic motion. Good point guards nearly instantaneously perceive patterns in that chaos and respond with decisive movements of their own, movements intended to complete the pattern, to give final meaning and shape […]

Timberwolves rain fire on NBA pre-season

Friends, the Wolves are 5-1.  Attempts to plumb the depths of this strange statistic for hidden meanings and portents will probably be futile. When we look back on this season in June, after the Wolves have either won 45 games or 14, have either blossomed with promise or collapsed into a quivering husk, we’ll say […]