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Blazers 115, Timberwolves 104: How You Slice It

Before you do anything, take a moment to enjoy Ricky Rubio’s 60 foot alley-oop to Corey Brewer. Go ahead. Admire it.   C.J. Fogler, who spends his time doing the Lord’s work on Twitter (he’s a must-follow for any Timberwolves fan), also gave us a slow-mo version for our viewing pleasure, via YouTube: Why open […]

Timberwolves 120, Trail Blazers 109: PF's the Best Position They Is

This was a game that could best be described as a fever dream, a disorienting mix of lightheadedness, unreasonable giddiness and unmoored feelings of unease. In spite of all that, this is more or less the house where Wolves fans should reasonably expect to live. Most of the things that are supposed to happen did: […]

Timberwolves 94, Trail Blazers 109: Pattern Recognition

The Timberwolves were playing without three of their four essential players and therefore faced an insurmountable talent disadvantage. They missed many free-throws and even more threes. They labored to salvage tiny scraps of offensive production. They lacked the personnel to seriously impede their opponent’s offensive execution. Stop me if you’ve heard any of this before.¬†Once […]

Wolves in Motion: Final play against the Blazers

For the final play of the Wolves-Blazers game, Rick Adelman drew up a play that gave Ricky Rubio a fairly basic pick-and-roll set with the floor spread and plenty of options off of that play. And the Wolves actually ran it really well. They ended up with Dante Cunningham pump-faking, nearly traveling, and then having […]

Trail Blazers 100, Timberwolves 98: Lesson finally learned?

The idea of wanting it more than the other team is a confusing concept to me. Wanting it more doesn’t really mean anything positive, necessarily. Do the Wolves lose games because they don’t want to win enough? Or do they lose games because they don’t want to win it correctly? Or do they lose games […]

Timberwolves 97, Blazers 102: Fear and trembling

Here’s Rick Adelman lamenting the Wolves’ effort against Portland last night: “I just hope this game taught our guys a lesson, because for the first three quarters we hung our heads, we didn’t make shots, we didn’t compete like we have to compete.” On the face of things, even through the first three quarters, this […]

Timberwolves 106, Trail Blazers 116: Heal us

The Portland Trail Blazers have experienced a remarkably tumultuous season so far. They began the year setting fire to the league. They were humming on offense, beating really good teams, doing a fair impression of a serious contender. Then everything came apart. By the trade deadline, the coach had been fired and half the team […]

Timberwolves stand still at deadline

The NBA trade deadline has come and gone and the Wolves roster looks exactly the same as it did when we woke up this morning. The juiciest rumor had been a proposed three-team deal between the Lakers, Blazers and Wolves that would have sent Michael Beasley to L.A., Luke Ridnour to Portland (along with Steve […]

Timberwolves 122, Blazers 110: wings of desire

Timberwolves’ fans should be glad that Saturday’s game against the Blazers was not decided on the basis of a head-to-head matchup between Wes Johnson or Michael Beasley and Gerald Wallace. Wallace’s game is a study in the contrast between the immense, relentless energy he expends and the languid, loose-limbed way he physically expresses that energy. […]