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Dec 11, 2017
Wolves 97, Mavericks 92: We’ll Take It

Wolves 97, Mavericks 92: We’ll Take It

It doesn’t matter if you win by an inch or a mile. MINNEAPOLIS — After three days of rest, the Timberwolves came out on Sunday night looking like they were still fast asleep against the Mavericks. Well, except for Karl-Anthony Towns. KAT went to work early against rookie forward Maximilian Kleber, carrying the load in the first half as the Wolves looked like they were still trying to wake up from the extra time off. Towns couldn’t be contained by the Mavericks undersized frontcourt and finished with 28 points and 12 rebounds to secure his league-leading 21st double-double. In the...
Dec 8, 2017
How To Enjoy The Timberwolves

How To Enjoy The Timberwolves

A common opinion has popped up on my Twitter feed and in my notifications this season. It’s also been all over the comments section here at Canis Hoopus. The 2017-18 Timberwolves are not a fun team to watch. This is an interesting point of view being that it’s the best team assembled in Minnesota since 2003-04*. Trying to understand why so many viewers seem to have this opinion about the best version of the Wolves in what feels like an eternity isn’t terribly difficult. It seems to boil down to two main reasons: They don’t like the way Tom Thibodeau coaches This includes, but is not...
Dec 4, 2017
Wolves vs. Grizzlies Game Thread

Wolves vs. Grizzlies Game Thread

A back-to-back in Memphis against the reeling Grizzlies. The Wolves play down in Memphis tonight on a road back-to-back after narrowly beating the undermanned Clippers (argh, Austin Rivers and Lou Williams destroyed them) last night at Target Center. Good news for the Wolves: the Grizzlies have lost 11 games in a row and don’t have Mike Conley and they stupidly fired their good coach, David Fizdale. The Grind Father is gone. The Grit has escaped them. See, things can always be worse... So, change your face! Smile! Enjoy the 14-10 start in Minnesota and appreciate the fact that Jimmy G....
Nov 26, 2017
Teammates Praise Tyus Jones After First NBA Start

Teammates Praise Tyus Jones After First NBA Start

With incumbent starter Jeff Teague sitting out for the second consecutive game nursing a sore right Achilles tendon, backup point guard Tyus Jones drew his first career NBA start. Two nights ago, head coach Tom Thibodeau inexplicably gave rarely used Aaron Brooks (16 total minutes entering the game) the start instead of the logical choice in Jones. Some people speculated that decision was meant to keep Jones in his normal role with the bench but after Miami raced to the quick 22-11 start, Jones took over the reins and finished with eight points, six rebounds, six assists, and four steals in...
Nov 26, 2017
Wolves vs. Suns Game Thread

Wolves vs. Suns Game Thread

Chat about the game here! Sup Canis Hoopus. Sorry for the delay in getting this game thread up. I got to Target Center late today. Jeff Teague and Nemanja Bjelica are sitting out again with injuries. Neither injury seems to be terribly serious, at least at the moment. Devin Booker is also sitting out for Phoenix, which helps the Wolves quite a bit. Chat about the game here. The Wolves need to get back in the win column this afternoon after the loss to Miami on Friday.
Nov 25, 2017
Heat 109, Wolves 97: Where's The Defense?

Heat 109, Wolves 97: Where's The Defense?

Spoiler Alert: Nowhere to be found...and Jimmy Butler isn’t having any of it. MINNEAPOLIS — After another pitiful defensive showing that saw the Miami Heat hit a season-high 19 threes on 39 attempts, the leader of the Wolves message was loud and clear. The unsightly performances are getting to be ridiculous. “We haven’t guarded anybody all year long,” said Jimmy Butler for the second time in three nights. He made that same statement after the win over Orlando on Wednesday after the Magic scored 38 points in the fourth quarter before falling short of a potential devastating...
Nov 20, 2017
Pistons 100, Wolves 97: It Hurts to Lose That Way

Pistons 100, Wolves 97: It Hurts to Lose That Way

That’s what Jimmy Butler said. MINNEAPOLIS — Entering Sunday night, the Wolves sat at 10-5, third in the stout Western Conference. They appeared to be ahead of schedule for a team with three new starters (Butler, Teague, and Gibson) learning to mesh with the franchises two prized number one picks (Towns and Wiggins). It’s been a positive start to the season by all accounts, and one game shouldn’t alter any opinion about anything all that much. But this is the second time in five games they’ve laid a dud in the fourth quarter to take a loss—the ugly game in Phoenix where they...
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...

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