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Whalen Leads Lynx Past Mystics in Season Finale

Whalen Leads Lynx Past Mystics in Season Finale

Minnesota will face Los Angeles in round one of the playoffs. The final game of the 2018 WNBA regular season was made extra bittersweet as Lindsay Whalen played what will possibly be her last game at Target Center. The entire night was a celebration of Minnesota’s favorite point guard. Her teammates and coaching staff donned commemorative warm up shirts featuring her name and number. Mystics coach Mike Thibault wore a University of Minnesota tie. The crowd bulged past the typical lower bowl sellout and thousands of fans payed their respects to Whalen (A totally, definitely legit...
Aug 17, 2018
Sun 96, Lynx 79: Struggling to the Finish

Sun 96, Lynx 79: Struggling to the Finish

Another road loss drops the Lynx to 17-16, with one regular season game left. The Lynx fell apart in the second half tonight in Connecticut against the Sun, ultimately falling 96-79 after leading by three at halftime. It’s the Lynx third loss in a row, and sixth in their eight games since the All-Star break. It dropped them to 17-16 with one game left in the regular season, at home against the Mystics. The Sun were led by forwards Alyssa Thomas and Jonquel Jones who combined for 44 points and shot 16-21. The Sun move to 20-13 and look like the are going to finish in the fourth spot....
Aug 17, 2018
Friday Cup of Canis

Friday Cup of Canis

Little here, little there. A bit of this and that for your Friday: If you somehow missed it, Neil covered the retirement announcement of Lindsay Whalen, who will end her playing career at the conclusion of the season. The Lynx have two regular season games left, tonight at Connecticut, and Sunday at home against the Washington Mystics, which could very well be Whalen’s last appearance as a player in Minnesota. Neil suggests that the Minnesota basketball Mount Rushmore is George Mikan, Kevin Garnett, Kevin McHale, and Whalen. This seems right to me, but does anyone want to make an...
Aug 16, 2018
Must See TV: Timberwolves Day

Must See TV: Timberwolves Day

What better way to pass the time during the dog days of August then a full day of Timberwolves-related programming? Are you coasting through another overly warm August day and wishing you had something, anything Timberwolves-related to entertain you? Well, you’re in luck, because NBATV is hooking you up all day: SET YOUR DVR ... or just take the day off work. Tomorrow is Timberwolves Day on @NBATV!!!That means Wolves games on TV ALL. STINKIN. DAY.Lots of KG. Lots of KAT. Lots of Sam. Lots of Jimmy. pic.twitter.com/GpGrSUiY3M— Timberwolves (@Timberwolves) August 15, 2018 Sources...
Aug 15, 2018
Lynx Lose Again, Fall at Home to Chicago

Lynx Lose Again, Fall at Home to Chicago

The 91-88 loss drops Minnesota to 17-15. Exactly a week after taking a 21 point beatdown from the Lynx, Chicago came to Minnesota and got their revenge. Rookie Diamond DeShields and her veteran point guard Courtney Vandersloot diced up the sluggish Lynx defense all night. The game was a back and forth affair with 18 lead changes. Maya Moore was brilliant for Minnesota scoring 21 points on 13 shots. She hit five threes, grabbed five rebounds and dished out three assists but also fouled out of the game with a few minutes remaining in the fourth and missed crunch time. This latest loss is a...
Aug 15, 2018
Wolves Wednesday: Pick and Troll Coverage

Wolves Wednesday: Pick and Troll Coverage

Jimmy Butler is doing more Jimmy Butler things. Is it something or nothing? Stop me if you’ve heard this before – there is nothing exciting happening in regards to the Minnesota Timberwolves. It’s been just over a week since the Wolves agreed to terms with Euro standout and human flamethrower James Nunnally, and since then, the #kahntent possibilities have been less frequent than smiles from Tom Thibodeau. While a more skilled, hard-working hoops writer may try to break down how the newest Wolf fits into next season’s rotation, that’s not why Canis pays me the big blog boy bucks....
Aug 13, 2018
Lindsay Whalen Announces Retirement From the WNBA

Lindsay Whalen Announces Retirement From the WNBA

The Minnesota native is the league’s all time leader in wins. Here in Minnesota the name Lindsay Whalen is synonymous with basketball. The state’s hoops “Mount Rushmore” would include George Mikan, Kevin McHale, Kevin Garnett and Whalen. She’s earned the distinction because of her excellence on the court, winning four WNBA titles and two Olympic gold medals, but also because she has represented the midwestern values inherent in being a Minnesotan. Humility, hard work and the familiar “Minnesota Nice” led to Whalen being cherished and celebrated by those in the North Star...
Aug 13, 2018
Lynx Outclassed by Seattle, Lose 81-72

Lynx Outclassed by Seattle, Lose 81-72

Minnesota falls to 17-14 on the season. The unofficial theme of this season for the Minnesota Lynx has been change. Other words like unprecedented, atypical, and uncharted have been accurately deployed all summer. The latest event to inspire the media to dig through those terms yet again occurred Sunday night as the Lynx did not start point guard Lindsay Whalen. The last time Whalen came of the bench was in her WNBA debut way back in May of 2004. Since then, she has been in the starting lineup every game of her illustrious career. Cheryl Reeve cited pace and defensive issues as the catalyst...
Aug 13, 2018
Monday Musings: Somebody Has to Lose

Monday Musings: Somebody Has to Lose

Which teams will change course following the next season? Someone is going to lose out next year in the Western Conference. The tiers remain relatively the same as last year, where the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets are far above the rest with a morass of teams that moved up and down from the 3rd seed all the way down to the 10th seed. The Wolves were a great example of this, as they seemed to have a strong hold on the 4th seed for most of the season and then precipitously dropped down the rankings until they squeaked into the playoffs with a win-or-go-home game against...
Aug 10, 2018
Timberwolves 2018-19 Schedule Released

Timberwolves 2018-19 Schedule Released

The Wolves will open on 10/17 in San Antonio, exactly where they started last season. Last season, the Timberwolves opened against the Spurs and closed against the Nuggets (in one of the most memorable regular season games in Wolves history.) This season, the will once again open against the Spurs, and close against the Nuggets. The 2018-19 schedule has been released, and here are some of the highlights: Wednesday, October 17th: Wolves open in San Antonio. Friday, October 19th: Home opener against the Cavaliers. The Wolves longest road trip is a five gamer at the beginning of...
Aug 10, 2018
Lynx Win Game, Lose Robinson, Clinch Playoffs

Lynx Win Game, Lose Robinson, Clinch Playoffs

Minnesota will play in the postseason for the eighth straight year. Playing for the second straight game without starters Lindsay Whalen and Rebekkah Brunson, Maya Moore once again put the Lynx offense on her back and led the team to victory. Minnesota defeated Las Vegas 89-73 behind 34 points from Moore. Her efficiency was yet again impressive as her 34 came on 12-19 shooting including a season high 5-7 from three and 5-6 from the free throw line. Just for good measure, Moore also threw in five assists, four rebounds and two steals. *Goat Emoji* Even facing a young and hungry Aces team on...
Aug 9, 2018
Thursday Cup of Canis

Thursday Cup of Canis

News and notes around Wolvesdom The NBA will release the full 2018-19 schedule this Friday and, as always, it’s going to be really hard to find any losses for the Wolves (82-0!) as they have assembled one of the greatest joint ventures in league history under Tom Thibodeau, known simply as the TimberBulls. Just wait until Joakim Noah signs for the veterans minimum next month after the Knicks waive him and stretch the remaining two years and $37.8 million left on his deal. ESPN story with @IanBegley: Knicks remain unlikely to reincorporate exiled center Joakim Noah into team under David...
Aug 8, 2018
Wolves Wednesday: UNDER Promise and OVER Deliver

Wolves Wednesday: UNDER Promise and OVER Deliver

Las Vegas dropped it’s recent win total projections for the 2018-2019 season. How do the Wise Guys think the Wolves will perform next season? Let’s find out. Over the weekend, the Westgate Las Vegas released its annual over/under win projections for all thirty NBA franchises, triggering most (if not all) fan bases by insinuating that their team would only win “X” amount of games, despite drafting “Player Y” and signing “Player Z.” NBA seas winsAtl 23.5Bos 57.5Brk 32.5Cha 35.5Chi 27.5Cle 30.5Dal 34.5Den 47.5Det 37.5GS 62.5Hou 54.5Ind 47.5LAC 35.5LAL 48.5Mem 34.5Mia 41.5Mil...
Aug 8, 2018
Maya Moore Explodes For 31, Lynx Defeat Sky

Maya Moore Explodes For 31, Lynx Defeat Sky

Minnesota snaps their three game losing streak. After playing and losing three games in four nights against the three best teams in the league, Minnesota needed a win. They certainly played as if the stakes were high as they dominated the Sky 85-64, the franchise’s largest win in Chicago. Missing two of their starters in Rebekkah Brunson (nose), and Lindsay Whalen (rest), the Lynx had their work cut out for them in this one. With Danielle Robinson (first start of the season) and Cecilia Zandalasini (first start of her career) filling in, things did not look promising early on. Chicago...
Aug 7, 2018
Wolves Agree to Two-Year Deal with James Nunnally

Wolves Agree to Two-Year Deal with James Nunnally

Nunnally? More like Finally! The NBA news... it never stops! According to Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports, the Minnesota Timberwolves made another addition to their 2018-2019 roster on Tuesday, but this time it wasn’t a player that many fans (myself included) were familiar with: Euroleague standout James Nunnally has agreed to a two-year deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 7, 2018 As is the case with most of the Woj/Shams Twitter notifications, my emotions when this specific tweet popped up on my phone...