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Timberwolves 88, Pelicans 77: Win Ugly

The myth of Narcissus concerns an impossibly beautiful young hunter who comes upon a pool of water in the forest and falls in love with his own reflection. Depending on the particular version of the story, Narcissus then commits suicide because he cannot possess his beloved, or maybe starves to death looking at his own […]

Raptors 94, Timberwolves 89: White Vegas is no joke

Toronto Tourism ad: ‘White Vegas’ from The Basketball Jones on Vimeo. I came away with three thoughts about the Wolves’ most recent loss, which was probably the one I’ve been the most accepting of (because I expected it) and the one that was simultaneously the most frustrating even though I had accepted their fate long before tip-off. The first […]

Timberwolves 91, Lakers 104: Another Diet Fed by Crippling Defeat

Coaching is a dark art. I’ve long been wary of judging coaches based on what we can see of their job: how they are on the bench, how they use their timeouts, what plays they call out of timeouts and in late-game situations, who they play when. There’s just so much of the job that […]

Wolves trading Derrick Williams to Kings for Luc Mbah a Moute

Let’s get down to it because there doesn’t need to be some cute introduction here. It’s official. The Wolves have traded Derrick Williams to the Sacramento Kings for Luc Richard Mbah a Moute.  No other pieces in the deal, just a straight-up swap of the two players. Let’s dive right into it and look at […]

Timberwolves 98, Clippers 102: A Game of Ruins

This was a weird game. It’s a well-worn cliché that basketball is a game of runs — that when one team falls behind by double digits suddenly, it’s just a matter of time before the other team scores a bunch of unanswered point. But this game pushed that to extremes. The Clippers opened up the […]

Suggestion Box: Stagger the screens and free the offense of worries

I would like to preface this post with the fact that I have full confidence in Rick Adelman’s coaching abilities, fully believe in his philosophies when it comes to basketball, and think his offensive system is superb. I will never pretend to know as much about basketball theory or even half of the practical applications […]

GM Survey seems to like the Wolves while being wrong about Kevin Love

It's the "White Guy" award!! @APkrawczynski: Another from NBA GM survey: @kevinlove is player who makes most of 'limited natural ability.' — Kevin Love (@kevinlove) October 22, 2013 The NBA’s annual GM Survey hit the stands on the internet today and the Wolves were prominently featured throughout the polling. As you can see in the […]

Timberwolves 97, Raptors 104: Bang Your Head

Head coach Rick Adelman was more than a little disappointed with his team’s showing in a 104-97 loss to the Toronto Raptors on Saturday. It hardly seemed to matter that it was the preseason. “We just didn’t come with it,” he said. “I don’t understand. It’s like I told them afterwards: we played two home […]

Lose to Moscow, defeat Canada: Effort is needed for world domination

I tried. I really tried to churn out some thoughts on the Wolves losing to CSKA Moscow on Monday night and just nothing appeared. The effort was there for me trying to write about what was an on-the-surface embarrassing loss to a really talented Euroleague team. But ultimately, I just didn’t care enough about the […]

Closing Time: Training Camp Wraps Up

Ah, training camp. A time when the heady mix of a long-forgotten feeling merges with the barely-glimpsed ghost of actual on-court play to create its own admixture of hope and anxiety about the future. Take that, Deadspin. But seriously: Practice ran long yesterday, resulting in a clutch of media perched by the front window of […]