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Pacers 109, Wolves 99: Fight or flight

“Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” – Michael Gerard Tyson Forget the Danny Granger incident in the third quarter. We can pretend this was a turning point in the game and that it fired Granger up to lead his team over our beloved Wolves. We can pretend he wasn’t already […]

Timberwolves 120, Rockets 108: Texas never whispers

You expend serious effort in an ultimately futile double-digit comeback, one punctuated by one of the greatest scorers ever breaking your heart on possession after possession. You get on an airplane that night,  fly to Houston, Texas and then play in yet another NBA basketball game 24-hours later. Just thinking about this makes me want […]

Lakers 106, Wolves 101: The vanishing middle class

Pau Gasol is tall. Not the gangly, awkward gaited ‘tall’ that defines so many of the league’s big men, but an unreachably high, arching fluidity that confounds even the best defenders. Kevin Love isn’t tall. So our friend Kevin was in for a long night. Gasol began by pump faking from the perimeter and driving […]

Heat 103, Timberwolves 101: Crawl 'fore you ball

As promised, we were entertained. But with nothing to show for our efforts besides faint praise and yet another moral victory, we have to wonder if anything has actually changed. Our Wolves are still a team with enough recognizable strengths to compete with anyone. Voracious rebounding, accurate shooting and a blistering pace have been the […]

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 […]

Thunder 104, Timberwolves 100: Who's the Manna?

  You’ll have to forgive me for not knowing where to start. It’s just been so long. But I suppose as good a place as any is with three minutes and sixteen seconds remaining in the first quarter. Yes, 3:16. I suppose you’ll also have to forgive the blasphemy, but I’m certainly not going to chalk […]

Sunrise: a Timberwolves season preview 3-on-4

Friends, the longest night of the year has come and gone. The lockout is now, miraculously, a bitter memory. Ricky Rubio, Rick Adelman, Derrick Williams, the svelte, newly athletic Kevin Love and all of the rest of your Wolves will soon take the floor for an actual, certified NBA game. So how’s this gonna go? […]

Attempting to analyze the chaos of a fake preseason

BREAKING NEWS: Sources say, Wolves went 2-0 in the preseason against the Bucks. So as we prepare for the Preseason Playoff series against the 2-0 Clippers, I thought I would share some notes I made on Wolves players from the two games we just witnessed.

2011 preseason: Wolves get a taste for that venison

Two preseason games are in the book and the Wolves finish the 2011 preseason with two wins. The first game was a whirling dervish of dribble penetration, kickout passes, and 3-pointers blanketing the Target Center like pure virgin snow. We were dazzled by even the simplest of tasks performed by Ricky Rubio. We reveled in […]

Derrick Williams is a 4 right now… act accordingly

The 2011 draft was always going to be a bit tricky. In what was assumed to be, and what will most likely prove to be, a bad draft for teams seeking rescue from the lottery dungeon of the NBA, there was always going to be the very real possibility that the top picks in the […]