Last week, I talked about being thankful for the Vikings' turnaround, since it gave us something to cheer about in Minnesota. Well, that sure went downhill fast...after the Vikings collapsed against the Redskins, it looks like yet another Minnesota team will be left out of the playoffs. And if the Vikes do indeed miss the playoffs, my attention's turning to Tubby's team.
I'd like to personally accompany Randy Wittman to a Gophers basketball game--if he took a gander at how Tubby's squad is playing, maybe he'd be a little less incompetent in his current position.
Both the Wolves and Gophers share similarities...the biggest being that neither team is terribly talented. The Wolves have potential talent on their roster, but as of now, their talent level is (obviously) inadequate when compared to the rest of the NBA. Meanwhile, Tubby's working with Monson's players--and with a few exceptions, we know that Monson was a lousy recruiter.
OK--so both teams lack talent. Why, then, are the Gophers 10-1 (with yesterday's win against Kennesaw State, they surpassed their 2006-07 win total), while the Wolves are an embarrassing 4-25 (easily the worst record in the NBA)?
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We might as well jump right into this, it's the long awaited First TWolvesblog Open Mailbag. (Ok, so maybe it wasn't "long awaited"... heck, perhaps it wasn't even "awaited.") Regardless, I got some quality questions from eight people, covering a very large and diverse range of topics from: meeting players after games, potential massive Wolves/NBA trades, my favorite and least favorite players, and which I like more... Patron or Grey Goose.
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Note: This article appears at the Minnesota Timberwolves Den at DeROK.Net
Kevin Garnett is back! [image2]
I had been here before.
Though my memory had been clouded by years of disappointment, apathy, and broken dreams, I could still faintly remember standing in this place. The electric atmosphere and pulsing energy seemed so familiar. And the man in the center of the crowd, orchestrating it all, had a face I knew almost as well as my own.
The place was the TD Banknorth Garden. The event, a regular season game between the Boston Celtics and the Orlando Magic. The man in the center, of course, was none other than Kevin Garnett. But as I sat there in front of my TV screen watching the C's improve their record to an astounding 22-3, I may as well have been seated in the lower level of the Target Center in April of 2004, watching Garnett's other "Big 3" take down the Denver Nuggets in the first round of the playoffs. Everything about this game just seemed that monumental.no comments
With the Wolves killing the Pacers one night, and then getting killed by the Hornets the next, it seems like the perfect time to bust out another edition of "Tips o' the Hat, Wags o' the Finger." So, who will be getting the presents, and who will be getting the lumps of coal? Let's find out...
*A wag o' the finger to back-to-back games. Back-to-back games are a bitch, aren't they? After an inspired final three quarters of basketball on Friday, the Wolves came into New Orleans and were flat for pretty much the entire game. I can't make excuses for the horrible effort we saw on Saturday, and a well-rested Wolves team would have still been beaten decisively by New Orleans. But playing back-to-back nights certainly played a role in the blowout loss.
*A wag o' the finger to Wolves' transition defense. This has been an achilles heel all season, and it's a concerning problem because poor transition defense often signifies a lack of effort. The Wolves are doing a brutal job of getting back on defense...the Hornets had 35 fast break points last night, while the Wolves only had five points on the break. This has been a huge problem throughout much of the season, and things only seem to be getting worse.
*A tip o' the hat to Tom Hanneman. I'll admit it...Hanny's starting to grow on me. His ridiculous "Hannemanisms" are so bad, they're good...for example, when we were playing Golden State and Monta Ellis drained a jumper, Hanny actually used the phrase, "the full Monta." Here's another good one I spotted on the KFAN boards: ""The rhinoceros is preposterous!" I still miss the Harlan-Tucker announcing team, but I don't mind Hanny.
A wag o' the finger to turnovers. Another issue that's been a problem all season, and seems to be getting worse. Turnovers are killing this team...the Wolves will often go through stretches where they don't take care of the basketball, and that gives opposing teams an opportunity to make a run. More often than not, this careless, stupid play by the Wolves occurs in the latter parts of the game...thus, we blow leads in the second half. Again, it's another problem that's gone unchanged throughout the season.
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I am running an Open Mailbag for anyone that is interested in sending any questions and/or thoughts, and I'll anwer them next week. Heck, I promise that I'll even answer them all... I'm like an Equal Opportunity Employer.
There's tons of things to talk about at this point in the season: The Wolves roster, our
awesome record, the Head Coach/Front Office situation, any previous or upcoming games, what you like or don't like... the possabilities are endless!
Or you can just email me and tell me that I suck. It's all good.
T-Wolves -vs- Golden State Warriors (12.19.07)
WARRIORS POST GAME COVERAGE:
Well well well. Shockingly we blow an early 14 point lead and lose again. Ok, not shocking at all. I didn’t actually go to tonight’s game because I’m kinda rundown and not feeling too well. This did allow me to watch the game from the couch, which was rather warm and comfortable. I might cut this “Musings” a little short as I’ve got the Detroit-Boston game queued up on the DVR. Honestly, I can’t believe I’m even sitting here typing this and foregoing the Celtics game for the time being. That’s ol CW… I’m here for my fans.
The Wolves only had 10 active players tonight, which resulted in a much smaller rotation. Out tonight was Randy Foye (with a knee booboo), Antoine Walker (broke shot), Marko Jaric (lonely), the Expiring Contract Formerly Known as Theo Ratliff (Old Age), and Greg Buckner (may or may not still be alive.) Two other guys garnered DNP-CD’s, which resulted in an 8 man rotation. Those two dudes were Madsen (too white) and Doleac (too ugly.) In the forums I predicted that we would lose 111-99. I was only off by one point, which is nice. Props to me I guess. (If only gambling were legal…) Anyhow, if you want to read more, just hit the jump button below.
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Wassup guys...getting set for the Celtics game, which is coming up in a few minutes on ESPN. Boston has won nine-straight, and currently stands at 20-2...meanwhile, the Pistons enter tonight at 17-7. KG's stat line for the season, thus far: 18.5 PPG, 10.4 RPG, 3.7 APG. Should be an excellent game, without doubt.
*KG has a ridiculous +/- rating-- he's a + 26.9 this season.
*More Celtics stats: Pierce is averaging 20.9 PPG, and Allen is averaging 19.2 PPG.
*Looking forward to seeing Flipnosis, as well...man, if you'd have told me in 2003-04 that Flip would be coaching the Pistons and KG would be playing for the Celtics in four years, I'd have called you crazy.
*Doris Burke is no Erin Andrews. Anyways, the game's about to tip-off:
*Just looking at KG's reaction after drawing the Sheed foul, the revitalization of the Big Ticket is immediately apparent. You wouldn't have seen that fist-pumping reaction last season.
*How do you stop this team? If you have KG covered, Ray Allen will fly in and nail a floater in the paint.
*Love the move by Rajon Rondo...and on the next possession, he hits a jumper. He's gotta be taking the media's coverage of the Celtics personally...Rondo's really gone under the radar.
*What's gotten into Rajon Rondo? More importantly, what the hell has happened to Detroit's guards? Why aren't they getting a body on Rondo? Rajon leads all scorers with eight points, as Flipnosis takes the timeout.
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I'll be flipping back and forth between the Celtics and Wolves games tonight (though I'll more than likely spend most of the time on the Celtics game), and will be live blogging those two games. Boston takes on Detroit at 6:00 CST on ESPN, and the Wolves play Golden State at 7:00 on FSN.
So stop on by, and hang out as we keep tabs on a 20-2 team and a 3-20 team tonight.no comments