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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 […]

Suggestion Box: Helping Kevin Martin

Despite scoring 105.1 points per 100 possessions, the 10th-best mark in the NBA, and despite the dominance of Kevin Love and Nikola Pekovic (especially recently) on that end of the floor, it’s easy to spot flaws in Minnesota’s offensive attack. Rick Adelman’s bunch currently ranks 25th in effective field goal percentage (47.9%) and 23rd in […]

The Wolves' Hidden Scoring Sources: Rubio's Off-hand Layups, Martin's Post-ups

By now, you know all the gaudy accolades Kevin Love is stockpiling. If you don’t know them by heart, it’s owed to information overload rather than apathy. Love was the first player in NBA history with 160 points, 80 rebounds and 30 assists in his first six games of the season (according to the Elias […]

Suggestion Box: Stagger the screens and free the offense of worries

I would like to preface this post with the fact that I have full confidence in Rick Adelman’s coaching abilities, fully believe in his philosophies when it comes to basketball, and think his offensive system is superb. I will never pretend to know as much about basketball theory or even half of the practical applications […]

Timberwolves 104, Celtics 89: Three's company too

Trying to find something to write about coming off of a preseason game against a bad team is really hard to do. I could go through and critique the play of guys that are doing basic things in basic schemes and playing in a basketball environment that really won’t be similar to the regular season […]

Lose to Moscow, defeat Canada: Effort is needed for world domination

I tried. I really tried to churn out some thoughts on the Wolves losing to CSKA Moscow on Monday night and just nothing appeared. The effort was there for me trying to write about what was an on-the-surface embarrassing loss to a really talented Euroleague team. But ultimately, I just didn’t care enough about the […]

Closing Time: Training Camp Wraps Up

Ah, training camp. A time when the heady mix of a long-forgotten feeling merges with the barely-glimpsed ghost of actual on-court play to create its own admixture of hope and anxiety about the future. Take that, Deadspin. But seriously: Practice ran long yesterday, resulting in a clutch of media perched by the front window of […]

The Derrick Williams small forward project: Take two.

It makes sense that Derrick Williams’ weight over the last year has been fluctuating so much because he’s being treated like a prizefighter that can’t decide on a weight class. The 2011 No. 2 pick has been trying to find his place on an NBA court since he entered the league and joined the Minnesota […]

Thoughts from Day 1 of Wolves training camp

Ricky Rubio, Kevin Martin, Corey Brewer, Kevin Love, and Nikola Pekovic were sporting the white side of the practice jerseys against a team of J.J. Barea, Alexey Shved, Robbie Hummel, Derrick Williams, and Dante Cunningham. As media availability for the first practice of training camp began, the likely starting lineup for the Wolves to begin […]

How do the Wolves' players stack up in ESPN NBARank and more?

With a couple days until the Minnesota Timberwolves kick off their 2013 Media Day and officially get going on starting the new season, we’re still finding things to pass the time. Some people may be doing it with Grand Theft Auto V or even by reading my Rabbit Hole posts on CBSSports.com (shameless plug!). Some […]