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SummerDubs 77, SummerWolves 69: Summer (League) Has (Essentially) Come and Past

Let’s just rip the Band-Aid off quickly: the dream of the Minnesota Timberwolves winning an NBA title* is dead. (*It’s only Summer League, but technically it still would’ve been a league title.) In what can only be described as an upset of microscopic proportions, the 11th seeded SummerWolves fell to the 22nd seeded Golden State […]

Warriors 121, Wolves 107: Losing the Ones You’re Supposed To

  The Timberwolves lost to the Golden State Warriors 121-107 on the road in Oakland on the second night of a back-to-back. After defeating the Trailblazers by one point on Monday night in Minneapolis, the team flew to the Bay Area to take on the best team in the NBA on national television.

Timberwolves vs. Warriors: Running It Back on Minnesota’s Game of the Year

About a year ago, I had a chance to sit down and talk with statistician and Yale professor Edward Tufte. If you haven’t checked out Tufte’s incredible books on information design, do so now — they are not to be missed in this day and age, when so much information is being presented to us […]

Timberwolves 104, Rockets 107: The Ghost of a Team Yet to Come

With the Houston Rockets up 107-104 on the Minnesota Timberwolves and 7 seconds remaining, it was clear what the Wolves needed: a 3-pointer to tie the game. Unfortunately, Minnesota doesn’t have any plays designed to get a 3-point shot, instead relying on the flow of the offense to generate those looks — a thing that […]

Timberwolves 101, Warriors 110: God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to watch a late-season Wolves game, and the wisdom to stick around for Zach LaVine in the fourth quarter

As the camera panned over a dusk shot of Oracle Arena framed by shiny graphics promising a scintillating late-season matchup between the Western Conference’s best team and one of its worst, my wife helpfully pointed out that the records of the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Golden State Warriors were nearly a palindrome: 15-64, 65-14. Wolves […]

Timberwolves 91, Warriors 94: A Knife, Baby, Edgy and Dull

When a comparatively raw team like the Minnesota Timberwolves (average age 24.5, plus they’ve had Ricky Rubio back for about 6 percent of a whole season, Kevin Martin for 10 percent, Nikola Pekovic for 16 percent) runs into a well-oiled buzzsaw like the Golden State Warriors (average age 26.7, best record in the league, 2nd […]

Warriors 102, Wolves 86: Missing Pieces

Early in Minnesota’s 102-86 loss to the Golden State Warriors, Andrew Bogut was hobbling up and down the floor. It was unclear what was wrong at the time, but it was clear he needed to be taken out. Swiftly, new Golden State head coach Steve Kerr moved to put in backup Festus Ezeli. Bogut would […]

I've asked for one thing throughout this… just don't get David Lee

Kevin Garnett got traded. Not like, recently, but he got traded back in 2007 when the dream of the Minnesota Timberwolves putting something significant around one of the greatest all around players ever to lace up the kicks had been taken off of life support. Because of the soul-sucking numbness that trade caused 25-year old […]

Timberwolves 121, Warriors 120: The Sigh Arrives

It was easy to say that the Wolves’ horrifying struggles in close games were a statistical anomaly. In the abstract, we always knew that a few lucky bounces were all that separated the Wolves from a record more befitting their point differential. (Seriously, how strange is it that for all of this team’s problems, they […]

Timberwolves 93, Warriors 106: If I Had A Heart

J.J. Barea sat in front of his locker reading down a ripped box score sheet after the game. Nikola Pekovic leaned over to look at it and a member of the PR team walking by offered a crisp, freshly printed one to Pek. “I don’t need it,” he said, and returned to putting his socks […]