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Nets 91, Wolves 83: Looking for the forest with all these trees

I didn’t expect to be writing this post. At the beginning of the game, the Wolves were undermanned and completely overmatched. This Nets team is healthy and a lot better than what the Wolves are able to run out there. That much was evident in the early minutes of the game. I was going to […]

Timberwolves 3-point shooting: Infinite Sorrow 2012 Audit

A few of the readers from the last 3-point shooting audit suggested that this should be an updated post every month. All of the numbers for this post are through the win over the Suns and don’t include last night’s debacle to the Utah Jazz. At a certain point, the 3-point shooting has become laughable […]

Timberwolves 3-point shooting: Infinite Sorrow

The NBA 3-point line has been around since the 1979-80 NBA season. Even the rule change was supposed to help usher in a new era of basketball from the 1970s to the 1980s, it wasn’t exactly an accepted practice to start chucking 3-pointers like we see teams doing today. Instead, it was a seldom-used arrow […]

Blazers 103, Wolves 95: We need to talk about things

All of the talk and panic about this team last night seemed to be two-fold: 1) The team is 0-2 since Kevin Love surprised us with an early comeback. Is he hurting their chances of winning? 2) Derrick Williams has had two straight DNP-CDs. HIS CAREER IS OVER. I feel like this is easily explained, […]

Wolves 90, Mavericks 82: "I don't use crutches"

Rick Adelman became a broken record last year. Someone for the Wolves would go down with an injury and he’d start talking about how guys couldn’t feel sorry for themselves and had to step up. They had to make the most of their opportunity to help the team. Ricky Rubio went down with his ACL […]

Wolves 107, Nets 96: Reactions and grades

I really can’t believe the comeback that happened tonight for the Wolves in Brooklyn. Without their two best players, Minnesota went on the road, got down by 22 on unbelievable shooting from the Nets, and still managed to pull out a victory. Alexey Shved and his new haircut became a real pro player tonight, Dante […]

Wolves 95, Pistons 76: Energy around a focus

This is what effort looks like. This is also what the difference between playing a top defense and a young team that struggles at defense looks like. The payoff is somewhere in between these two realities. Yes, the Detroit Pistons are a bad team and it’s preseason. These are all things to take into account […]

Wolves 84, Pacers 70: Hello, new friends

It wasn’t a pretty preseason opener in many ways, but the Wolves got to debut some new faces and beat up on an incomplete Pacers team for the victory. Between the poor 3-point shooting, the grainy Fargo television feed coming through NBA League Pass, lots of turnovers, and a lot of missed free throws, it […]

Wolves tried to get downtown but missed their connection, and other public transit metaphors

The Wolves’ 3-point shooting last season was pretty atrocious. Despite being 23rd in the NBA in 3-point percentage, the Wolves just kept chucking up shots from long range. They finished sixth in the NBA in attempts from downtown, even when you adjust for pace. Perhaps one of the reasons the Wolves kept shooting them was […]

A roster of Wolves: J.J. Barea

How do you solve a problem like Barea? Okay, J.J. Barea wasn’t really a problem last year, but he also wasn’t a solution in the way we hoped he might be. Let’s get the negative out of the way first. In his first season with the Wolves, Barea was riddled with injuries throughout a good […]