The Minnesota Timberwolves defeated the Miami Heat 125-122 in an overtime thriller Monday night, bringing their overall record to 4-3. The victory not only marks the first time that Tom Thibodeau has defeated the Heat since becoming the Wolves’ head coach, but also the first time they’ve lead. The Heat came out of the gaits […]
Wolves won their first preseason game and almost nobody saw it.
Andrew Wiggins will try to dunk on anybody and it can change the complexion of the game.
The Wolves went through some tough, ugly growing pains tonight, losing to the Heat by double digits at the Target Center.
Sometimes, an entertaining game of basketball is just that: entertainment. That’s — in its own perverse way — the blessing of the denouement of the kind of season that Timberwolves fans have grown accustomed to over the last several years. Go back a decade and the Wolves were the #1 seed in the Western Conference, […]
J.J. Barea was unhappy with Ray Allen pushing off near Barea’s throat, and decided to even it out by bumping Ray to the ground. Allen then lost his cool, got up to confront Barea and your typical NBA kerfuffle broke out. Official Ed Malloy went to the monitor, probably watched a torture scene from the […]
Defense is the NBA’s dark art. At this year’s MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston this past weekend, Kirk Goldsberry and Eric Weiss presented a paper on what they termed The Dwight Effect. Using data from STATS, LLC’s SportVU camera system, they sought to account for more than stats like blocks and opponent field […]
LeBron James seems to spend entire quarters of basketball simply haunting the game’s periphery. He fades into the mesh of his team, defers to his teammates, takes only the opportunities that present themselves. Bt he doesn’t disappear, as some have claimed; he looms like some awful force rising in the distance. When you play the […]
You know the old saying, “when the going get tough, the tough get out and run in transition?” Well, the Miami Heat are tough and they like to get out and suffocate you with their transition offense. It’s not even really so much a transition offense as it is a locomotive coming at you in […]
There was almost nothing surprising about the Miami Heat’s casual vaporization of the Wolves on Tuesday. (Well I guess that the Lebron/Anthony Tolliver faux-beef was a little surprising–since when do the oligarchs of our pop consciousness care about mild, self-deprecating parody?) A thirty point win seemed almost inevitable. Magnificent performances by Wade and James are […]