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Blazers 113, Wolves 105: Late Threes Doom Wolves in Portland

Blazers 113, Wolves 105: Late Threes Doom Wolves in Portland

Lillard and McCollum. Ball game. Things were not looking auspicious tonight, as it was announced before the game that Robert Covington would be out with a sore knee. It got even worse when Karl-Anthony Towns was whistled for his second foul just minutes into the game and had to sit down. Despite that, the Wolves hung in all night, until back breaking threes by Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum in the final minute finally salted this one away for the Blazers 113-105. It felt like a struggle most of the night, with the Wolves falling behind early and generally playing catch up, without...
Dec 8, 2018
Game #26: Blazing a New Trail

Game #26: Blazing a New Trail

After a lengthy and successful home stand, the Wolves now venture out West for a four-game road trip. Minnesota Timberwolves (13-12) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (14-11) 9:00 CDT Fox Sports North, NBATV The last time the Wolves ventured West on the Oregon Trail for a multi-game road trip, the team was dealing with a strong case of dysentery brought on by their General. The results of that five-game road trip were about as dreadful as the symptoms of this historic disease, and resulted in the team finally moving on from their so-called “leader.” It’s been exactly one month (29 days)...
Dec 7, 2018
Fourth Quarter KAT, Covington’s Impact, and What it Tells us About Tom Thibodeau

Fourth Quarter KAT, Covington’s Impact, and What it Tells us About Tom Thibodeau

A few thoughts on recent changes. Over the last 12 games, the Timberwolves have dominated fourth quarters to the tune of a 110.1-97.2 net rating (12.9.) Prior to this stretch, their fourth quarter net rating was 103.0-112.5, or -9.5. They are clearly defending better, in large part thanks to their new defensive ace Robert Covington, and a renewed commitment from everyone on that end of the floor. Offensively, they are finally making use of Karl-Anthony Towns, their best and most efficient offensive player in a way they did not before due to the ball and shot dominance of Jimmy Butler. In...
Dec 7, 2018
Wolvescast 94: Slumpbusters

Wolvescast 94: Slumpbusters

The Wolves are good, and so is this show! The revitalized Timberwolves continue their feel-good streak of winning as they wrap up a very successful home stand. This week on the program we discuss the sky-high team morale and Fred Hoiberg’s dismissal. Also, a conversation with “Multiverse Scott”, Weekly Wolfies Awards and a Christmas list game. This episode of Wolvescast is brought to you by Cov’s Gloves EPISODE LINKS Inside the halftime shouting match that ignited the Timberwolves against the Rockets - TheAthletic.com A Fallen Maple Leaf - TheRinger.com Mychal Johnson -...
Dec 5, 2018
Timberwolves 121, Hornets 104: A Fourth Quarter Explosion

Timberwolves 121, Hornets 104: A Fourth Quarter Explosion

The Wolves win the fourth quarter 38-15 to pull away from the CHarlote Hornets. The Timberwolves used a huge fourth quarter run to break open a close game at Target Center and defeat the Charlotte Hornets 121-104 and move their record over .500 for the first time this season at 13-12. It was another game that required a comeback from a double-digit deficit, something that hopefully is not necessary too often, but the Wolves were equal to the task for the second game in a row. The first key stretch of the game was the last four minutes of the first half. The Wolves found themselves down...
Dec 5, 2018
Game 25, Wolves vs. Hornets: Containing Kemba

Game 25, Wolves vs. Hornets: Containing Kemba

Kemba Walker leads Charlotte into Target Center tonight. Wolves (12-12) vs Hornets (11-12)7:00 pm CSTFS North To end the Wolves four-game home stand, they face off tonight with the feisty Charlotte Hornets. There’s no such thing as a true “one-man team” in the NBA, since everyone who has made it this far has undoubtedly earned their way. With that being said, it can’t be overstated how much Kemba Walker means to this Hornets team. Kemba is currently averaging 26.5/4.3/6.2. Most nights, the sole determinant factor in whether the Hornets win or lose is Kemba. He’s become deadly...
Dec 5, 2018
Wednesday Cup of Canis

Wednesday Cup of Canis

Good morning Good morning all. We need a new thread, but I don’t have much to offer, nor much time. Markelle Fultz has apparently been diagnosed with a nerve problem in his shoulder. I hope this is the case and it’s something that can be fixed—and he can get his career moving in the right direction. Hate to see talented guys lost to injury. Nice article in The Athletic from Jon K about the Wolves new defensive energy and effectiveness, focusing of course on the contributions from Robert Covington and Dario Saric. Western Conference craziness: The Clips and Nuggets tied at the...
Dec 5, 2018
Tuesday Cup of Canis

Tuesday Cup of Canis

Good morning Good morning all. We need a new thread, but I have not much to offer, nor much time. Markelle Fultz has apparently been diagnosed with a nerve problem in his shoulder. I hope this is the case and it’s something that can be fixed—and he can get his career moving in the right direction. Hate to see talented guys lost to injury. Nice article in the Atlantic from Jon K about the Wolves new defensive energy and effectiveness, focusing of course on the contributions from Robert Covington and Dario Saric. Western Conference craziness: The Clips and Nuggets tied at the top...
Dec 4, 2018
The Wolf Nightcap, Vol. 3

The Wolf Nightcap, Vol. 3

“I’d lie to you if I said I did.” What a thrilling comeback win for the Wolves on another entertaining Throwback Night at Target Center. Wait a second. A VICTORY POWERED BY DEFENSE? This can’t be reality, can it? Holding the Rockets to 29 second half points, and only nine in the fourth, is insane to think about. “We came out with an edge and intensity [in the second half],” said Karl-Anthony Towns. There was an incredible energy shift after the halftime break. The impressive win marks the Wolves’ largest comeback of the season (19). After trailing by 16 with 9:24 in the third...
Dec 3, 2018
Timberwolves 103, Rockets 91: Second Half Dominance

Timberwolves 103, Rockets 91: Second Half Dominance

After falling behind early, the Wolves dominate the second half on their way to a big win. I did not expect this. In truth, at halftime I was already constructing an opening paragraph for this recap about how the Rockets continue to get anything they want against the Wolves, and how poor a match up it is for them. The first half was everything that scares us about the Rockets—getting beaten down the floor, wide open threes, Harden drives, Capela dunks. Everything looked way too easy for them, and the Wolves were putting up little resistance. They were also awkward offensively, taking...
Dec 3, 2018
Game #24: The Return of the Rockets

Game #24: The Return of the Rockets

Minnesota faces Houston for the first time since the first round of last season’s playoffs Houston Rockets (11-11) vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (11-12)7pm CTFSN The last time these two teams faced off against one another, Wolves fans were awestruck by the fact that they had clinched a playoff berth for the first time in 13 years. And while exciting, that jubilation unfortunately didn’t last very long in that particular series. The Wolves managed to swipe one game from the Rockets at Target Center, but the Houston’s new-age finesse had little trouble overcoming the Minnesota’s brutish...
Dec 3, 2018
Passive Jeff Teague Hurting the Timberwolves

Passive Jeff Teague Hurting the Timberwolves

Inconsistency has plagued Jeff Teague this season. Since the Jimmy Butler trade shook the Minnesota Timberwolves franchise up, there has been little to complain about. Going 7-3 without the disgruntled star has brought joy to the hoop heads of the Twin Cities. However, this is professional sports, and no team or player is ever exempt from criticism. Lately, Wolves point guard Jeff Teague has been at the forefront of that. It’s been an up-and-down season for the 30-year-old, averaging 12.5 points and 7.5 assists on 40.2 percent from the field and 30 percent from behind the 3-point arc....
Dec 1, 2018
Celtics 118, Wolves 109: You Can’t Win ‘em All

Celtics 118, Wolves 109: You Can’t Win ‘em All

The Celtics had too much for the Wolves tonight at Target Center as the winning streak ends at four. The Wolves were at home, and the Celtics were on the second night of a back to back, and yet it was Boston who wore down the Wolves and made the plays late in the game to finish off a 11 victory at Target Center. The Celtics established control of the game in the first half, mainly with their excellent defense that the Wolves couldn’t find any consistency against. A lack of ball and player movement by the Wolves fed into that, and they were reduced to one-on-one play that was only...
Dec 1, 2018
Game 23, Wolves vs. Celtics: Defense, Defense, and More Defense

Game 23, Wolves vs. Celtics: Defense, Defense, and More Defense

Minnesota looks to keep their win streak going against Kyrie and the Celtics Wolves (11-11) vs Celtics (12-10) 7:00pm CST NBA TV For two teams with nearly identical records, there are very different feelings about each team and how they got to this point. Boston was one of the favorites to win the Eastern Conference when the season began, if not the very favorite after their impressive showing in the playoffs last year coupled with the additions of healthy stars Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward. The idea was that this team would be an offensive juggernaut, considering the potential firepower...
Dec 1, 2018
Around the League: A Quick Look at What’s Happening in the NBA this Week

Around the League: A Quick Look at What’s Happening in the NBA this Week

Another turn around the NBA. After last night’s games, the Wolves find themselves in a tie for eighth in the Western Conference along with the Dallas Mavericks. Both teams are .500, and there are five teams behind them one or two games under. It’s a huge traffic jam. What else is going on around the league? Who Is Hot? Philadelphia 76ers. Wolves fans have been elated at the results of the big trade, but so have Philly fans, with the Sixers winners of seven of their last eight. Much like the Wolves, the schedule has helped, but wins are wins, and the Sixers just blew out the Wizards...