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Nov 18, 2017
Wolves 111, Dallas 87: Distractions in Big D

Wolves 111, Dallas 87: Distractions in Big D

In a tale of two halves, the Wolves pull out a blowout victory in Dallas. I lived in Dallas for a short period of my life. It was not my favorite place in the world. Apologies to all of our dear Dallas readers out there, but your town is a bit boring. Social life in North Texas consists of going to a restaurant, or a bar, or a sporting event. Because of my affinity for basketball, my proximity to the American Airlines Center, and some dark, cold years of Timberwolves fandom, I frequented a number of Mavericks games during that time. Dirk was in his prime, Tyson Chandler was a monster, and...
Nov 17, 2017
Wolves at Mavericks Preview: Friday Night Lights

Wolves at Mavericks Preview: Friday Night Lights

The Wolves head to Dallas tonight to take on the last place Mavericks. Who: Minnesota Timberwolves (9-5) vs. Dallas Mavericks (2-13) Where: American Airlines Center — Dallas, Texas When: 7:30pm CDT (TV coverage on FSN) Why: At 9-5, the Wolves are currently off to their best regular season start since 2005-2006. The Wolves are back in action tonight as they travel to the Lone Star State to take on the struggling Dallas Mavericks. Winners of seven of their last ten, the Wolves will look to keep momentum flowing against a Mavs team (losers of three straight and nine of their last ten) going...
Nov 17, 2017
Wolvescast 58: Two Debbies

Wolvescast 58: Two Debbies

Scott takes control of the show. On this week’s episode of Wolvescast, guest host Robert joins Scott to chat Timberwolves basketball. Also, how to talk to your family about the Wolves at Thanksgiving, reminiscing about Kevin Love’s 30/30 game, Bjelica earning more playing time, a game and more. This episode of Wolvescast is sponsored by Neil’s Timberwolves Junk Sale. EPISODE LINKS The Man Is a Coach. Period. Bulls and Basketball an Obsession for Thibodeau - New York Times Kings of the North — Robert’s new NFC North podcast
Nov 17, 2017
By the Numbers: Defensive Rebounding

By the Numbers: Defensive Rebounding

A quick look at the Wolves defensive rebounding. Why are they so bad at it when Karl-Anthony Towns is on the floor? So I’m thinking a little bit about rebounding, and in particular how individual rebound rate seems misleading in terms of how it relates to team success on the glass. This occurred to me because I was looking at Karl-Anthony Towns’ stats on the peerless Basketball-Reference.com, and noticed that his defensive rebound rate is 30.1 percent, which is by some distance the highest on the team. It’s also the highest of his career, and is the seventh highest percentage in the...
Nov 16, 2017
Wolves 98, Spurs 86: Enough is Enough

Wolves 98, Spurs 86: Enough is Enough

Kiss that losing streak to San Antonio goodbye. MINNEAPOLIS — On his 22nd birthday, Karl-Anthony Towns said he promised Tom Thibodeau the Wolves would not lose for the 13th straight time to the Spurs. KAT and the Wolves delivered on Wednesday night, walking away with the 98-86 win to end their San Antonio blues. “I came in and I told Thibs ‘we ain’t going to lose this one.’ I made sure to go out there and keep my promise,” said Towns. After posting a Beast Mode stat line of 26 points, 16 rebounds, two assists, two blocks, and one steal in 40 minutes—a performance that included...
Nov 15, 2017
Wolves vs. Spurs Preview/Game Thread

Wolves vs. Spurs Preview/Game Thread

This doesn’t feel like a game thread, they said. Without looking at the pre-game materials the Wolves always send out in the afternoon during game days, or heading over to basketball reference, my guess is the Wolves record vs. the Spurs is alarmingly bad over the past decade. I can’t remember the last time they beat them. It feels like they never beat them. That savvy coach Popovich and his evil empire down in south-central Texas always find a way to win, whether their best players are actually on the court or not. Alright, time to go check... Oh, lord. Timberwolves PR notes that the...
Nov 15, 2017
Wednesday Cup of Canis

Wednesday Cup of Canis

A thread just for you. It’s Wednesday, let’s be happy. The Wolves are 8-5 and sitting in the fourth spot in the Western Conference. They host the Spurs tonight in what should be an exciting game as they look to avenge their loss in San Antonio on opening night. The 8-5 comes despite not playing all that well, to be honest. They are 20th in SRS, have the point differential of a 6-7 squad, and sport the league’s 28th rated defense. But I’m choosing to look on the bright side: That 8-5 is in the bank, and there is plenty of room to get better. I’ve been doing some lineup research...
Nov 14, 2017
Wolves 109, Jazz 98: Another Division Win

Wolves 109, Jazz 98: Another Division Win

The Wolves put a stop to their two-game skid with a solid win in Utah. The Wolves entered tonight on the final game of a three-game road stretch, one that included losses at Golden State and Phoenix which further revealed flaws that were temporarily forgotten during the five-game win streak that preceded it. On the heels of those two losses, they came into tonight’s game against the Utah Jazz looking like the team we saw during that win streak. They came out very aggressive, pushing the tempo and getting points at the rim. The lack of Rudy Gobert taking up airspace around the basket for...
Nov 13, 2017
Wolves at Jazz: Trying to Stem the Tide

Wolves at Jazz: Trying to Stem the Tide

The Wolves will look to finish their road trip with a win in Utah tonight. Wolves at Jazz8:00 pm CSTFS North It’s good news and bad news that Rudy Gobert is out tonight for the Utah Jazz due to a bone bruise on his knee. The good news, of course, is that he’s yet another terrific player the Wolves avoid. The bad news, beyond the obvious that we never like injuries, is that it means there is no chance that Andrew Wiggins dunks in his grill tonight. Oh well. The Wolves will try to salvage one win out of this three game trip after losses to Golden State and, painfully, to the Phoenix...
Nov 13, 2017
Monday Musings: Predicting the Future

Monday Musings: Predicting the Future

What can the first month of the NBA tell us about the rest of the season? The Minnesota Timberwolves are currently 7-5, with the first positive record in a very long time. The team has been up and down like we thought it would be in the beginning of the season, as the shortened preseason and training camp schedule lends itself no favors to teams who are trying to fit together a bunch of new players. The Wolves, in particular, likely were impacted by this even more so, as not only are they fitting three new starters into their lineup, but the other two starters are both young players that...
Nov 11, 2017
Suns 118, Timberwolves 110: A Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Loss

Suns 118, Timberwolves 110: A Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Loss

Ugh. This is one they needed to win, should have won, but failed to win. The Suns were more than willing to lose this game tonight, as they have done through most of the early season. The Wolves, however, refused oblige, blowing several leads, including the last one, up six with under five minutes left. They proceeded to fail to score for the next four minutes as the Suns blew past them and ultimately secured a 118-110 victory. This is what happens when you combine poor shooting with unintelligent play and defensive lapses. Friends, this was a bad one. The Wolves had a miserable time...
Nov 11, 2017
Wolves vs Suns Preview: Experience vs Youth

Wolves vs Suns Preview: Experience vs Youth

The Wolves travel to Phoenix to take on the Suns Minnesota Timberwolves (7-4) vs Phoenix Suns (4-8)8:00 CSTFSN In the far-off times of 2014 to 2016, the Minnesota Timberwolves were a burgeoning team that was chock-full of athleticism and youth. Andrew Wiggins, Zach LaVine, Karl-Anthony Towns, Kris Dunn, Tyus Jones, Shabazz Muhammad, Gorgui Dieng all were in their first few years of playing in the NBA. The team was an exciting blend of high-octane offense and dizzying dunks. The potential was apparent, as the Wolves were often cast as a team on the rise that was trying to figure things out...
Nov 10, 2017
Friday Open Thread

Friday Open Thread

Que tal amigos. Sorry for the late thread today but fear not, I have come to provide a fresh new comments section to the loyal Canis faithful so everyone can come together on this beautiful Friday to discuss basketball and other things. The Wolves play the Suns tomorrow night in Phoenix. I suggest getting Karl-Anthony Towns in your DFS lineups if that’s something you participate in. I’m thinking somewhere around 29 points, 16 rebounds, and three blocks. This should be a high-scoring affair and the hope is Minnesota can get back in the win column after getting humbled at Oracle two...
Nov 10, 2017
Wolvescast 57: Logistical Gift

Wolvescast 57: Logistical Gift

A podcast for your ears! The Wolves put togethe a string of wins causing a strange new feeling to wash over their fans. We also talk about the improved bench, outdoorsman Jimmy Butler, the new Bazz, ranking Jim Pete Top 5s, local sports talk radio, a game and more This episode of Wolvescast is brought to you by Crunch the wolf. Here’s another video featuring sweet basketball moves from the home team set to a J Dilla beat.
Nov 9, 2017
Warriors 125, Wolves 101: All Good Things Must Come to an End

Warriors 125, Wolves 101: All Good Things Must Come to an End

The Wolves 5-game winning streak was abruptly halted by the defending NBA champions. Put some clothes on, the Wolves are no longer streaking. After stringing together five straight victories for the first time since 2009, the Wolves fell victim to the Golden State Warriors Wednesday night in Oracle Arena, 125-101. Coming into last night’s game, the Wolves had averaged 114.4 points per game on 48.5 percent shooting over their last five games. That type of offensive brilliance was expectedly halted by the stingy Warriors, as the Wolves barely broke the century mark and shot a tepid 41.1...