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Hawks 120, Timberwolves 113: Two Halves to a Hole

Oh, the Minnesota Timberwolves, as vexing and perplexing as ever, up one night and down the next, from one half to the next, one quarter to the next, one possession to the next. If anything is consistent, it’s their inconsistency. They haven’t lost more than three in a row, nor have they won more than […]

Timberwolves 88, Pelicans 77: Win Ugly

The myth of Narcissus concerns an impossibly beautiful young hunter who comes upon a pool of water in the forest and falls in love with his own reflection. Depending on the particular version of the story, Narcissus then commits suicide because he cannot possess his beloved, or maybe starves to death looking at his own […]

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. […]

Spurs 104, Timberwolves 86: That's the power of Love

I’m not sure a game like this loss to the San Antonio Spurs is ever good, per se. The Spurs established their dominance by playing exactly how they love to play. The Wolves never were able to take back control of the game or dictate their own style. While both teams like to move the ball […]

Timberwolves 103, Suns 104: "Tear It Down"

  Note: The title of this post should not be construed as a statement that it’s time to blow up the team. Just read this poem by Jack Gilbert called “Tear It Down.” Man, what happened? I mean, let’s be honest: The Wolves — in spite of getting Ronny Turiaf and Chase Budinger back, in […]

Timberwolves 111, Thunder 115: YOLO Contendre

I can’t blame you if you’re hurt. I wouldn’t blame you if you see this game as yet another referendum on this team, on the bench, on Kevin Love, on Kevin Love shaving his beard, on Rick Adelman, on whatever. I’m probably not going to talk you out of anything right now, but please and […]

Timberwolves in the woods

As we speak, the Wolves are sitting at 16-16, three games out of the eighth spot in in the Western Conference. For many of us, this comes as a great disappointment, especially after the team’s strong start. This was supposed to be the year that the Wolves finally fulfilled those years of deferred promises (deferred […]

Timberwolves 124, Pelicans 112: Headliners and Openers

After contributing a paltry five points — a total so low that MLA style would ask you to please write it out rather than use numerals — in Monday night’s difficult loss to the Dallas Mavericks, the Timberwolves’ bench came startlingly to life against the New Orleans Pelicans, pouring in 42 points with double-digit totals […]

Timberwolves 117, Bucks 95: Do the Splits

You can make the argument that “quarters” are arbitrary segments in a basketball game, and that statistics broken down according to neat, rigid quadrants of time should be approached with caution. Sure, how a team performs late in the 4th quarter tells you important things about their execution and ability to make clutch shots; but […]

Timberwolves 120, Trail Blazers 109: PF's the Best Position They Is

This was a game that could best be described as a fever dream, a disorienting mix of lightheadedness, unreasonable giddiness and unmoored feelings of unease. In spite of all that, this is more or less the house where Wolves fans should reasonably expect to live. Most of the things that are supposed to happen did: […]