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Bucks 98, Timberwolves 95: So… about the other night…

Monday night was a wonderland. The ball was flowing like wine in the offense. There was help defense, scrappiness against the best team in the West, and a care for maximizing the possession inspired by our own Spanish sommelier. And you were there, and you were there, and J.J. Barea too. Last night? It was […]

Rambis, the bullets

These days, Wolves fans have to instinctively wince a little whenever we find our crew in the national media.  But thanks to the Kurt Rambis odyssey (“fiasco” or “debacle” could also suffice), here we are. So here are some more tidbits: Earlier today, I participated in the ESPN 5-on-5 on Rambis’ firing. Some words used […]

Harper on Rambis

Over at Truehoop, Zach has the definitive account of the Rambis era: Rambis was not a very good coach over the past two years. His teams were inefficient offensively and abhorrent defensively. Last season, it seemed that he was one of the worst fourth-quarter coaches in the entire league because of how the Wolves seemed […]

Kurt Rambis finally exits

Well, our long national nightmare is over. The Timberwolves have finaly announced that Kurt Rambis has been “relieved” of his coaching duties. (I continue to love that sickly passive aggressive-phrase: “Oh, thank you so very much for doing me the favor of relieving me of my duties. It’s such a terrific relief.”) From the Wolves: “I […]

Rumors of Bickerstaff

From Jerry Zgoda at the Star Tribune: Last time we checked, Kurt Rambis still is Timberwolves’ coach but that isn’t stopping Davis Kahn from continuing his pursuit of a new coach apparently. On Monday, the Oregonian newspaper in Portland reported that the Wolves late last week asked the Trail Blazers for permission to talk to […]

Timberwolves 109, Wizards 97: Good Times

When you’re surrounded, as I am at Wolves games, by two deadly smart, upper-echelon talkers, conversation tends to wander. At issue during Thursday night’s languid first half was the Cosby Show and it’s depiction of the African-American experience. Were Cliff and his brood a triumph of aspirational representation, a giant step forward from J.J. Walker’s […]

Timberwolves 96, Spurs 107: Revenge of the routine

There are lots of ways to lose to the San Antonio Spurs. You know this already. Tim Duncan might hit a buzzer-beating three. Manu Ginobili might perform a series of increasingly uncanny bodily contortions,  each ending with a basketball feathering through the hoop. That legendary defense might incrementally, unobtrusively increase its constriction, leaving you, at […]

The hangover: more thoughts on Timberwolves/Bobcats

Judging from my own reactions and those of my (many) correspondents, this latest Wolves debacle has given us all that awful feeling of waking up from those really significant nightmares. I’m talking about those dreams that leave little remnants of dread shimmering around in your body all through the next day. This game was like […]

Timberwolves 105, Bobcats 108: Night Falls

Well this game was just a hot mess. On display here were two bad basketball teams playing some unintuitive, unlovely, awfully bad basketball. The Wolves missed more than a third of their free throws. They turned the ball over in crucial situations. Their first half was a listless fiasco. I’ll allow Kurt Rambis to continue: […]

Painful: Timberwolves 107, Jazz 112

“Obviously,” said Kurt Rambis after this harsh game, “what plagues us as a ballclub is our composure in late game situations.” That it is indeed obvious makes the point no less salient and no less worth repeating. The Wolves are glaringly young and inexperienced; this resonates through nearly every game that the team has played […]