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Paynt Points: Where Has It Gone Wrong?

Paynt Points: Where Has It Gone Wrong?

The Canis Crew gather for a gloomy discussion. Okay, the sky is officially falling. We’re used to that as fans of the Minnesota Timberwolves, but it seems to have been fast-tracked this season. After just 11 games, injuries and COVID-19 concerns have decimated the Timberwolves’ season outlook. The season isn’t over, but we’re getting dangerously close to that point. In this edition of the Paynt Points Podcast, host Jake Paynting is joined by Canis Hoopus royalty Jack Borman and Kyle Theige to try and parse this horrid opening to a pandemic-plagued season. The trio...
Jan 16, 2021
Dane Moore NBA Podcast: KAT Tests Positive + What’s Next?

Dane Moore NBA Podcast: KAT Tests Positive + What’s Next?

Photo by Jordan Johnson/NBAE via On today’s pod, we, unfortunately, need to discuss how COVID has struck the Minnesota Timberwolves. Included in the episode is audio from Gersson Rosas’ Friday evening press conference, in which he describes the 36 hours leading up to Friday evening’s game being postponed and how this is all the more troubling given Karl-Anthony Towns’ involvement. After that, we get into how the roster is going to have to cope without their starting power forward and center for the foreseeable future. How far does Ryan Saunders take...
Jan 15, 2021
Karl-Anthony Towns Tests Positive For COVID-19; Game Against Grizzlies Postponed

Karl-Anthony Towns Tests Positive For COVID-19; Game Against Grizzlies Postponed

Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via All positive thoughts and vibes immediately go out to Karl and his friends/family. Late Friday afternoon, a few hours before the Minnesota Timberwolves were scheduled to tip off for the second time this week against the Memphis Grizzlies, The Athletic’s Sham Charania announced the game would be postponed: The Timberwolves-Grizzlies game tonight has been postponed, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 15, 2021 The postponement was obviously related to some sort of positive test for...
Jan 15, 2021
Dane Moore NBA Podcast: Britt Robson On The 3-8 Timberwolves

Dane Moore NBA Podcast: Britt Robson On The 3-8 Timberwolves

Photo by Hannah Foslien/ Britt Robson of The Athletic joins today’s episode to discuss the current state of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Would a Gersson Rosas-led front office ever make the move Brooklyn did to acquire James Harden? We dig into the first real crossroads Rosas’ Wolves have hit in the first season where cultivating a sustainable winner is actually about winning games. Topics today include: The James Harden Trade, and the idea of “going for a ring” versus building a “sustainable winner”. What path would Gersson Rosas take? Karl-Anthony Towns’...
Jan 15, 2021
Friday Cup of Canis

Friday Cup of Canis

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports Let’s take a look at a few interesting storylines to follow Happy Friday, team. This was a ... interesting week in Timberwolves basketball and around the league, to say the least. Friday is not a day to get dragged down by a tough Timberwolves loss, though. Instead, let’s take a look at a few of the interesting storylines in the NBA right now. Who is going to trade for Andre Drummond? In case you didn’t now, Andre Drummond is on an expiring (bloated) deal, is a good basketball player, and is on a team that does not figure to re-sign...
Jan 15, 2021
Wolvescast 147: Bus Hierarchy

Wolvescast 147: Bus Hierarchy

Two R’s, Two L’s With Karl Towns and Josh Okogie back in the fold the Wolves finally have their full roster available! This week we talk about how and why their all-NBA center makes everything better. Also, Russell’s media session, a deep dive on Terrell Brandon, WNBA cap sheets ,a game and more. This episode of Wolvescast is sponsored by the NBA’s Updated COVID Protocols EPISODE LINKS D’Angelo Russell Postgame Press Conference - January 10, 2021- youtube.com Dane Moore NBA Podcast: The Timberwolves Big-3 and Small-11 - canishoopus.com Random NBA Players: Terrell...
Jan 14, 2021
Dane Moore NBA Podcast: The Timberwolves Big-3 and Small-11

Dane Moore NBA Podcast: The Timberwolves Big-3 and Small-11

Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via The Minnesota Timberwolves appear to have a Big-3 and a relatively Small-11. In their Wednesday evening loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, Karl-Anthony Towns, D’Angelo Russell and Malik Beasley were not the problem, combining to score 78 points. The problem was the rest of the roster only chipping in 29 points. On today’s pod we get into the ever-present issues that come with an imbalanced roster, including: Karl-Anthony Towns’ postgame ramblings (audio included) about how more defense is the answer. But is it? With this roster, is...
Jan 14, 2021
What Anthony Edwards Can Do To Improve

What Anthony Edwards Can Do To Improve

Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports Former No.1 overall pick Anthony Edwards has played less than one full month of basketball games. Let’s read too much into what we’ve seen so far. The unknown is what makes high draft picks exciting and concerning. That is especially true for the 2020 NBA draft class. Not only are these guys teenagers, they went nine months without playing basketball. There was no summer league, months of workouts, or a full training camp to help acclimate them to the league. Before they learned all their teammates’ names, they were putting their...
Jan 13, 2021
Grizzlies 118, Wolves 107: Snatching Defeat From the Jaws of Victory

Grizzlies 118, Wolves 107: Snatching Defeat From the Jaws of Victory

Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports Minnesota made several confusing coaching decisions tonight There have been some brutal, brutal losses to cover and write about throughout the years. It feels like we’ve made every excuse in the book, trying with all our might to spin things in a positive light, mostly thinking about the potential long-term gains over the short-term losses. Tonight is one of the most inexcusable losses I can remember. The Memphis Grizzlies are down both Ja Morant and Jaren Jackson, Jr., as well as Justise Winslow. Minnesota was at full strength...
Jan 13, 2021
Game Preview #11: Wolves vs Grizzlies

Game Preview #11: Wolves vs Grizzlies

Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Back at full strength, the Timberwolves look to build a winning streak against the Grizzlies. Wolves (3-7) vs Grizzlies (4-6) 7:00 pm CST FS North / WCCO Radio The Pack is back. Tonight, both Karl-Anthony Towns and Josh Okogie will once again return to the lineup for a pivotal matchup against a depleted Memphis Grizzlies team, as the Wolves look to build on their Sunday night defensive dominance against the San Antonio Spurs. Despite losing Jaren Jackson Jr. to a torn meniscus in the bubble, from which he is still recovering from, and...
Jan 13, 2021
James Harden Traded to the Brooklyn Nets

James Harden Traded to the Brooklyn Nets

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports It finally happened: James Harden is no longer a Houston Rocket. Sources: Full current trade:Rockets: Victor Oladipo, Dante Exum, Rodions Kurucs, 3 BKN first-rounders (22, 24, 26), 1 MIL first (22, unprotected), 4 BKN 1st round swaps (21, 23, 25, 27) Nets: James HardenPacers: Caris LeVert, 2nd-rounderCavs: Jarrett Allen, Taurean Prince— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 13, 2021 Wow. The Houston Rockets extracted 8 potential 1st round picks and Victor Oladipo out of this trade. The Brooklyn Nets went all-in on the star...
Jan 13, 2021
10 Observations on the First 10 Games of the Timberwolves Season

10 Observations on the First 10 Games of the Timberwolves Season

Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via What should we make of a rollercoaster first 10 games of the 2020-21 NBA season for the Timberwolves? Nearly 300 days after a 117-111 loss to the Rockets back on March 10, our favorite team returned in the fashion in which they left us: chaotically. After playing just one game together last season, Karl-Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russell played two games this season before Towns suffered a left wrist dislocation. The injury left the Minnesota Timberwolves without its centerpiece, an identity, and the trust of a fan base that quickly...
Jan 13, 2021
Timberwolves Film Room: A Change In Mindset For D’Angelo Russell

Timberwolves Film Room: A Change In Mindset For D’Angelo Russell

David Berding-USA TODAY Sports D’Angelo Russell has changed his shot profile lately, and that’s a good thing. Today’s NBA is full of heavy metal lead guards. There’s the scintillating guitar solo shooters like Stephen Curry, Trae Young and Damian Lillard, the rhythm-keeping bassists like Chris Paul and Kyle Lowry, and the weird, funky and dazzling percussion experts like James Harden and Luka Doncic. The league is full of heavy metal guards, but Minnesota Timberwolves lead man D’Angelo Russell is jazz. He isn’t one thing or another, he isn’t even the...
Jan 12, 2021
Dane Moore NBA Podcast: Anthony Edwards, LaMelo Ball, James Wiseman NBA Film Review

Dane Moore NBA Podcast: Anthony Edwards, LaMelo Ball, James Wiseman NBA Film Review

Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Ten games into the NBA careers of Minnesota Timberwolves rookie Anthony Edwards, Charlotte Hornets rookie LaMelo Ball and Golden State Warriors rookie James Wiseman felt like a good time to dive into the film of the top-3 picks’ early NBA impact. Where their college film has translated and what has been surprising in their new environments. Will DeBerg, who coaches at the University of St. Thomas and joined me this summer during my draft preview series, joins the pod today to review the film of Edwards, Ball and Wiseman. (If you...
Jan 12, 2021
Iowa Wolves Select Allonzo Trier With No. 4 Overall Pick in G League Draft

Iowa Wolves Select Allonzo Trier With No. 4 Overall Pick in G League Draft

Photo by Jim McIsaac/ The upcoming G League season will start this February down in Orlando, Florida. The 2020-21 NBA G League Draft was officially held yesterday, with 17 teams having the ability to draft a deep list of familiar players during the three-round event, which was conducted (like everything else in life) via Zoom. Only players signed to a 2020-21 NBA G League “Standard Player Contract” were eligible to be drafted, and teams were not technically required to make any selections in the draft (although, once a team declines a pick, they no longer had the...