1:09 AM EDT, Sun October 26, 2014
Canis Hoopus 4 hours ago

Knee-jerk Notes: It's a Trap

This is the zone-trap scheme Flip Saunders elected to deploy during the first quarter of Friday's preseason game against the Chicago Bulls. It wasn't very effective. Here's why. Yesterday, the Minnesota Timberwolves defeated the Chicago Bulls in a preseason game. Since trading Kevin Love, after acquiring a gaggle of long, athletic wing players; Flip Saunders has discussed the possibility of his Minnesota Timberwolves playing a zone-defense this season. On Friday against the Bulls, we saw a few instances of this. These are notes meant to highlight some of what I saw. Mind you, we are...

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