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Jazz 101, Wolves 89: Energy

Flip mentions playing time as a means of getting to his team. Criticizes the lack of energy, especially from 19-21 year olds. — Derek James (@DerekJamesNBA) January 4, 2015 Through the Wolves’ current 11-game losing streak, we’ve heard stuff like this from head coach Flip Saunders. A lot. Considering the number of injuries the Wolves […]

Timberwolves 94, Jazz 100: The Wheels on the Bus Go [Sound of Grinding Metal]

With 4:22 remaining in the fourth quarter, last night’s game was looking like a good road win for a Timberwolves team sorely in need of some positive reinforcement after dropping eight straight. Up to that point, Shabazz Muhammad and Andrew Wiggins had been the standouts, combining to score 49 points on 19-for-34 shooting, including 5-for-6 […]

Timberwolves 130, Jazz 136: What It's Like to Not-Be on a Boat

Rosencrantz: We might as well be dead. Do you think death could possibly be a boat? Guildenstern: No, no, no … Death is … not. Death isn’t. You take my meaning. Death is the ultimate negative. Not-being. You can’t not-be on a boat. Rosencrantz: I’ve frequently not been on boats. Guildenstern: No, no, no — […]

Timberwolves 121, Jazz 104: Messed around and triple dipped

What can you accomplish in 32 minutes and 35 seconds? You can run a load of laundry. You can probably cook a really nice dinner as long as the preparation isn’t too time-consuming. You can watch an episode of Full House with commercials and even pause it on the DVR to use the bathroom or play Words With Friends […]

Timberwolves 112, Jazz 97: And So We Beat On

Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard said, “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” So it goes with basketball as well. The search this season for some kind of overarching sense to the Minnesota Timberwolves has so far been fruitless. They have destroyed teams, have eaten them whole, bones and all. Ten […]

Timberwolves 98, Jazz 72: No Frozen Yogurt for You

Sports, like life, are full of trite turns of phrase and overused cliches. It’s possible to conduct entire interviews (while covering a player or team) as well as have entire conversations (in real life situations) without saying much of anything at all, other than tired, recycled jargon. If you’ve spent any time watching postgame press […]

Timberwolves 80, Jazz 96: Uneven Flow

I’m not sure if any of you have been in the kind of situation the Wolves found themselves in last night, but I feel like I definitely have. In the fall of 2003, things were not going so well for my band. A little less than a year after we changed the band’s name—a name […]

Timberwolves 100, Jazz 107: Drum Circle

You live by the Dante Cunningham midrange jumper, you die by etc. With Pekovic out with calf contusion, this game—for as close as it seemed down the stretch—was yet another lesson in how a steady diet of pick and pop from Stiemsma and Cunningham in the early going doesn’t set the table the way a […]

Jazz 106, Wolves 84: The air up there

This game was crap. Complain about officiating or the effort or the energy or whatever. Doesn’t really matter. The Wolves played like absolute crap in this game. It happens every once in a while in this league. You hit a road game, you don’t have anything to offer that night, and the home team blows […]

Timberwolves 105, Jazz 111: Madness

Everybody loves March Madness and you can hardly blame them. The frantic, frayed late-game possessions; the mad, ten-man scrambles for rebounds and loose balls; the blood-thinning, oxygen starved comebacks; kids holding hands; grown men shedding tears: this stuff is truly compelling. But I will tell you now that I’m perfectly content sticking with the NBA, […]