Remember that weird game against the Portland Trail Blazers earlier this season? The Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Western Conference powerhouse with some gritty effort and a lot of luck. I don’t want to diminish from what the Wolves did to the Blazers that night, but Portland shot just 17-of-51 (33.3%) on uncontested shots that night. They […]
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 […]
Last night the Wolves played their third preseason game in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and defeated the Bucks, who continue to look Christmas-y in those green and red road unis. A couple of notes about the game in bullet form because come on: preseason.
It’s amazing how fun Ricky Rubio can be at times. We know about the passing and the steals. We know he can crash the boards and break down opposing perimeter defenders. And we see glimpses of an improved jump shooter. In fact, over Rubio’s last 10 games, he’s over 40% from the field (41.2%) and […]
Here we are. Last preseason game to get our role players finely tuned and guys more connected with the system in real-time action before the games actually mean something. We’ve had a contentious preseason so far, mainly because of the injuries. Obviously, there was Rubio and his injury. Then we had Luke Ridnour up and […]
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.
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 […]
Right now I live in the desert and so I wasn’t able to see the Wolves take out the Bucks on Saturday. But Zach was there and this is what he had to say about it on Hoopspeak: Sitting through four years of soul-crushing and questionable rebuilding practices are quickly vanishing with each Love double-double, […]
Well maybe you can’t call 31 foul, 43% shooting night an “explosion.” As Andrew Bogut remarked, “it was pretty boring.” But the Wolves did beat the Bucks in their final preseason game, 119-118 and raise their exhibition record to a sparkling 6-2. Light them fireworks. Highlights and box score of the whole torrid affair are […]
Friends, the Wolves are 5-1. Attempts to plumb the depths of this strange statistic for hidden meanings and portents will probably be futile. When we look back on this season in June, after the Wolves have either won 45 games or 14, have either blossomed with promise or collapsed into a quivering husk, we’ll say […]