Bobcats Defeat Timberwolves 109-89
As a fan of Minnesota sports, including our NFL representative, I have to make a brief comment in acknowledgement of one of the Vikings most worthy NFC Central (it will always be the "Central" for me) opponents over the years. That's right, after a long, successful career which included one Superbowl win, Warren Sapp retired today. Good luck with your post-football life, Warren!
Early in the season, the Timberwolves squad consistently struggled with free throw disparity and it lost them several close games. This game wasn't close, and neither was the free throw disparity. The Bobcats made 23 of their 29 free throws and the Wolves made 5 of their 9 free throws. That equals 20 extra chances at points that the Wolves gave the Bobcats and the Cats capatilized to the tune of an extra 18 points. Combine the free throws with a lackluster fourth quarter and the recipe is another home loss to a non-playoff Eastern Conference team (aren't they all?).
Too much Matt Carroll (has that ever been said) and his three hands (doesn't this picture make it look like that) for Marko and the Wolves. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Despite several key injuries coming in - the Wolves were without Corey Brewer (thigh) and Rashad McCants (flu-like), and the Bobcats were without their highest scorer, Gerald Wallace - this was a closely contested game, with neither team creating a lead larger than 6 points at any point in the game up until 2:36 seconds remaining in the third. With the game 76-75 Bobcats, Jason Richardson hit a three sparking a combination of Wolves miscues and lights-out Bobcat shooting to create a 14-2 run over a six minute period. The Wolves called a timeout with 8:34 left in the fourth down 90-77 and the Bobcats never looked back. Quickly examining the box score, it's easy to find the villains for the Wolves demise, the 27-14 fourth quarter and the aforementioned free-throw disparity. Allowing six Bobcats to score in double figures, five of those exceeding their season averages (and Felton meeting his) also hurts the winning-cause like a Brett Favre interception (in related, less powerful-than-Sapp news, I heard he retired, too).
Escaping the pure numbers and relying on observation, Al Jefferson had an off-game. Several of the short, soft-touch shots that usually fall weren't dropping tonight. Al did not have a terrible game by any means, but in the course of an 82 game season, this is bound to happen. When Al has an off game, this team needs to find a way to get to get other easy buckets or else clamp down on the defensive end...neither happened tonight and the result was a 20-point home trouncing by a team that's weak even by Eastern Conference standards.
Come with me after the jump (click "Read More") for some positives from tonight's game (Bassy), some individual analysis, my inquiry as to who you think is the most attractive dance team member, and me calling out three players on this team I think can get to the charity stripe, yet don't get there enough.no comments
- Guard Marko Jaric will be a game-time decision, also with a thigh contusion. Jaric did look pretty good in a post-practice game of 3-on-3 Monday afternoon.
College Wolf's Open Mailbag...
I’m stoked to be bringing this to you all again. Thanks in advance to everyone that submitted questions for this edition of the Mailbag. Keep em coming and I will gladly answer. Anyhow, as usual there is a very diverse variety of topics from: HOW do we improve this team’s future, Does Chris Richard have a place in our team’s future, Foye or McCants, Big Al vs KG, NBA2K 2008, Baron “The Bearded One” Davis, the hotter supermodel, and… Who Wins a Timberwolves Royal Rumble! Until next time…
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Snyder: I'm not into that as much as I am not being a Sebastian Telfair fan because he got drafted in front of me, right out of high school. That's predominantly where the discrepancy came from. That's what it is. It's not a rap thing. But if I said to say, I'm pretty diverse. I like a lot of different types of music.
MT: Do you write any of your own music?
Snyder: Yeah actually, I write some R&B music. They may not be one thing or another, I just like getting words down.
Stop-n-Pop/Canis Hoopus on team's new and old marketing campaigns.