That is all.
Warmest Holiday Regards,
Darrell Rhombus, and the Rest of Your Dear Friends at TwolvesBlog.comno comments
That is all.
Warmest Holiday Regards,
Darrell Rhombus, and the Rest of Your Dear Friends at TwolvesBlog.comno comments
No time for introductions. Wolves play the Hornets tonight at Target Center. Thank goodness for DVR, because I just got back from the gym after making myself look like He-Pek. Now that my torn pectoral tendon is all healed up good and proper, I could totally take Pekovic in a fight. Ok, or not. Maybe in a bar room brawl if I sucker punched him with a broken bottle. Maybe.
I didn't even take a shower so that I could bring you guys this live blog without too much delay. Kidding. However, I am sitting here in my basement naked, since Mrs. CW and CW Jr. are out of town. Definitely just kidding on that one. Maybe. Or maybe not....
I'll fast forward through the pre-game nonsense to save some time, since all that its good for is allowing degenerate gamblers to get in last minute bets before the tip-off.
Make sure to check out the TWolves Blog Forums Wolves-Hornets Game Thread HERE.
My prediction for the game. Obviously I will probably be completely wrong because I suck at life. Please do look elsewhere for smart pre-game analysis:
Back-to-back vs the Hornets? Don't envision how this could possibly go well. Then again, the Hornets are also on a back-to-back so maybe it will even out. I'm sure CP3 will have his way with us since our PG's couldn't guard a fencepost.
Wolves 101 - Hornets 110
7:10: Tip-off... yay, we win it! Woohoo Darko. Clearly this means we will win the game tonight.
7:11: Excuse me a minute while I go tweet this to the interwebz and whatnot.
7:13: CP3 ally-oop to Okafor. How many assists does Paul have tonight? 15? 20? Infinity?
7:13: I can't believe Marco Bellineli (spelling?) has started every game for the Hornets so far this season. And they WANT to keep Chris Paul in New Orleans? And happy?
7:16: Holy cow David West fade away over Darko at the shot clock buzzer. Seems like he's been in the NBA forever, but he just keeps plugging along. Doesn't do anything spectacular, but he's just solid. That's the way to describe him I think. Solid.
7:20: Yay, they replayed Beasley's game winner, so I finally got to see it since the game wasn't on TV. Fail. I think only ONE Wolves win has been on TV this year, but I guess I could be wrong on that. I think I'm right thought. Ridnour just let his Downs overpower him, as he steps over the half-court line for an over and back, and then gets a technical on top of that. Nice one Luke.
7:22: Good grief, we are already down 21 to 9. At least if this game sucks I get to watch it in HD with surround sound. Really loud surround sound. Good thing we live in a house now.
7:23: Jim Pete: "Luke Ridnour is a lot like Steve Nash, he doesn't score a lot, but he could score a lot more if he wanted to." YEAH OK JIM PETE. /no more drugs for him.
7:39 Real Time Text from BonK: "I hate Jonny Flynn"
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This post is brought to you by valued TWolves Blog Forum member "BonK." What follows are his thoughts on the Wolves-Clippers crapfest last night. I don't even really have anything to add myself, because that was such a disgusting game I'm trying to purge it from my mind as quickly as possible. We'll all be better for just moving on. Disgusting.
This game recap post can also be found in our TWB Forums HERE. Tons of additional Wolves coverage/discussion/analysis can be found as well.
Take it away BonK...
Since I hadn't seen more than a quarter of a Wolves game in over a month, but watched the game last night in it's entirety (actually the 1st half twice - at the bar and then on the DVR), I feel compelled to make a separate post. Too bad this game was a giant suckfest, so this post will be rather negative. After hearing from several forum posters, friends, and family members about how fun the Wolves were to watch this year, I was obviously sorely disappointed by last nights tilt.
I am going to the game on Wednesday, so hopefully the Wolves can play as good then as they played bad last night, and I can offer a write up from the positive perspective on Thursday. Here are my thoughts on what I saw last evening:
- Martell looked good and has put up nice numbers in each game back. In the preseason games I saw he also looked fantastic. But more importantly than any of that, I loved his half-time interview. He was genuinely upset by the lack of effort and concentration by the team, and said that it starts with him as a veteran to get the guys to step it up. I just really dug how I could see his passion and feeling that this level of play was not acceptable. Hopefully he will become a leader on this team.
- I was expecting Rambo's post-game presser to be a laid back not caring type of press conference, but he seemed legitimately peeved by the way we played. He did not make excuses for the guys and basically said that the effort & focus was unacceptable, so he gained some points in my book based off of that.
- I watched the game with College Wolf, and he would not stop drooling over Blake Griffin. Seriously, he was frothing at the mouth. (CW edit: FACT. Blake Griffin = gigantic STUD.)
- It's sad when the positives of the game are two interviews about how much we sucked and my bro drooling over a player on the opposition.
- The offense in the 2nd half especially didn't just bother me, it angered me. Seriously in the 3rd quarter over half of our field goal attempts were 19-22 foot jumpshots. We took sooooo many long jumpers, hardly EVER attempted to go into the paint at all, and there was very poor ball movement, cutting, and passing all around. It was sad and unacceptable.
- Quick side note: This is why I still think Telfair is a better PG than Puke Ridnour or J-Flymsy. At least he gets the team running, the ball moving, guys moving, flow generating, and isn't constantly taking long contested 2 point jumpshots.
- Our defense was even worse than our offense. Gomes looked like an aggressive all-star caliber player against us. D'Andre looked like D-Ho. Gordon looked like Jordan.
- How many open 3's are we going to give up before we stop over-rotating and showing too hard?!?! YUCK.
- Since Darko & Big Pecker didn't play, and Tolly is out, I feel it is unfair to be too harsh on our interior defense and rebounding. With that said, it was downright pathetic, and if K-Love wants to look himself in the mirror and say "I see an all-star", he needs to do something on the defensive end to somehow make his presence felt in a game like this against a poor team.
- Why does Brewer shoot jumpers? Or dribble?
- Why does J-Flymsy always pass it too early on the fast break? Like 5 out of 5 times on fast breaks last night he either passed it to the wrong guy or passed it way too early. Was he not a point guard in junior high and high school or something? Quite frankly it doesn't seem like he understands anything about being a point guard.
- Does Coach Rambo ever say anything during the game? Dude, you are the HEAD COACH. Yell at some people, make some adjustments, call a timeout, bench a guy, do SOMETHING to let us know you have a pulse and are paying attention.
- Wayne Ellington probably should not play.
- Chris Caveman Kaman and Kosta Doofus Koufus.no comments
I wanted to bring this article to everyone's attention this morning, a nice write-up from former Wolves beat writer Steve Aschburner. In it he states that a loss tonight against the Clippers would put Kurt Rambis dead-even with Jimmy Rodgers, the worst coach in team history, who had an astonishing 21-89 record, or .191 winning percentage during his tenure. I’ll have it known that Rodgers lasted only one more game at this mark and he did not have a guy averaging 21 and (nearly) 16. While many would argue the Wolves were going to be no good and rotten all year, let’s take a step back and give a rebuttal to the cynical group. This is a team with 2 21+ppg scorers on the roster, one of which (Love) is on pace to also average nearly 16 rebounds. Whether Love gets to 16 rebounds or not, he has currently surpassed Moses Malone’s best rebounding year (15.3 to Love’s 15.7) in 1983. Should he get to 16 by season’s end Love will be the first player to, if I have my facts straight (please correct if wrong), average 21 and 16 since Kareem Abdul Jabbar did a few times in the 70’s. Heck, since he technically has exceeded Malone’s rebounding average in ‘83, he is already amongst that company as it stands. This isn’t insignificant. In other news, the Wolves are currently the #2 3-point shooting team in the league, yet decide that packing the lane is a better strategy in defending their own strength on the other end. To no one’s surprise but apparently Rambis’, we get killed night in and night out from that area, most notably in the 4th quarter when the Wolves tend to hold a small lead and cannot seem to find momentum or flow on offense. This also is a team with the #2 shot blocker in the NBA behind Dwight Howard (Darko – on pace to shatter our team record in blocks), and a guy top 8 in steals per game (Brewer). This is huge for a team who, aside from Garnett, rarely has top guys in defensive categories. Yet, here we are with 6 total wins facing a Clippers team tonight who is better than advertised and has a very good chance of beating us. But why should they, given the above-average talent on our team? Rough schedule and injuries are not the whole story. Any up and coming team should have at least pulled off an upset or two during this stretch, especially given the individual accolades so evenly spread across the roster. The problem has to be bigger than that.
Some say that 75% of the coaching battle is team and ego management, and about 25% X’s and O’s. Whatever scientific ratio you use, Rambis appears to have nailed the player management piece. He also deserves credit for Darko’s emergence, who exhibited attitude and confidence problems in his first several NBA seasons. But what about our back court and their use? Some interesting observations: to be fair, Ridnour has had his positive moments this year. But overall, he has played far below expectation, and has made some baffling and frankly out-of-character decisions this season. Rambis has also decided on Luke for late game shots, an approach that has worked exactly zero percent of the time. Throughout his career, Luke has been known to play very well in pick and roll situations (much like Flynn). His inability to adjust to a triangle offense has made it difficult for him to create the kinds of opportunities he did in Milwaukee. In fact, when the Wolves run the P and R, suddenly Luke looks rather serviceable. Watch for it tonight. Moving on to Flynn, he obviously needs time, but still just looks iffy. Wes Johnson is hardly a focal point of the offense and is used mostly as a spot up shooter, which is poor use of a top 4 draft pick with superb athleticism. Brewers’ shots come off of the dribble/screens, hardly the best overall use of his offensive “abilities,” but he has improved there, probably as much as he can at this point. Webster has made his fair share of mistakes, but to be fair, has looked like a great addition 1/3 way through the year. Regardless, overall the backcourt play is a disaster. Where is the development here aside from Brewer succeeding on some of his steal gambles? Overall, why in the world is Rambis not allowing a few more sets that his PG’s are most comfortable running, and quite successful at doing so as history suggests? Does this make a lick of sense whatsoever, to consistently run what your players are bad at executing, rather than what they are good at? If applied to a corporate job in the
I am not going to sit here and pretend to be some NBA coaching candidate, but watch some of the offensive sets and quality possessions other teams have night in and night out. Just something as simple as the flow and rhythm of an offense. Great ball movement, guys cutting and being in the right place, guards taking guys off the dribble. Open, smart, jumpshots. Even Del Negro will do it with his fleet of misfits, less Blake Griffin and Eric Gordon, and 2007 Timberwolves castoffs tonight. These kind of possessions almost never happen for us. Think back to the weekend and watching Patty Mills in Portland (or Ty Lawson for that matter, but for the sake of discussing a top 6 pick getting absolutely destroyed by a very late 2nd rounder from the same draft, let’s go with this). Mills pretty much embarrassed Jonny Flynn off the dribble, and all night long in general. What the casual eye may not have noticed is that Mills performed so well partially because of
By the way, any NBA player can hit a 3 if they are wide open. If I can hit 2 threes (not counting the 12 airballs before and after) in a pickup game, a professional athlete can hit an open three pointer. And open they are, constantly. Because that is legitimately our defensive strategy. Rambis wants his wings to double down low. And to be fair, the approach makes sense. Sometimes. Rambis, after all, knows much more about basketball than I ever will even fathom and he is not a moron. However, it doesn’t make sense when there isn’t a single adjustment to play tighter after our opponents 5th 3 pointer in the 4th quarter. Or when we pack it in, yet give up our 4th long rebound of the quarter after a botched Darko box-out. Or, perhaps most odd about this approach, when we have the #1 rebounder in the NBA there to clean things up after the shooter gets hit with a hand in his face. This is unfortunately where that whole“25% X’s and O’s” seems to somehow be a negative, double–digit number, and where the bulk of our problems seem to lie as a team. Everything Rhombus seems to implement make sense for a different type of roster. His approaches overall are not flawed. They are flawed for this particular group of guys, who just need a little bit of simplicity and freedom in the worst way. Just watch, when we dumb it down, things work. I hate to say it, but it was Kevin McHale’s simple,
Despite a series of stellar individual performances this team still only has 6 wins. Our coach could soon be tied with the worst coach in franchise history record wise as soon as tonight. This matters. Whether you think the team is underachieving or not, can we all collectively agree these “growing pain” excuses are getting old? Or at least come up with another phrase to describe the team's shortcomings? The individual performances this season have been like nothing we have seen in an accumulation of the past 6 or 7 seasons combined, and yet: 6 wins and on pace to maybe win 20-22 games, still short of the Wittman/McHale year. Of note: those individual performances are not flukes. They matter. They do not happen on 6-win teams who are basically last in the league and have a good chance of losing to one of the small handful of teams on par with us tonight in LA. At the end of the day in sports, someone will have to be held accountable. Someone will get tossed if this continues. It cannot possibly be a coincidence that Kurt could soon be our worst ever coach, can it? But then what of his ability to create a cohesive team that seems to get along well and has great chemistry? This also matters. And what would a new coaching staff do next season with Darko and the other guys who have emerged this year? It’s a big risk, and I admit there is something about Rambis I like that separates him from Wittman and the other circus-leaders of years’ past, even though our record is worse (!). Maybe it’s his pedigree that I still can’t let go, or the fun atmosphere he seems to create that makes me like the team more. Maybe it’s the style he has implemented that, when clicking about 15% of the time, still somehow puts up a lot of points, is fun to watch and allows for inflated stats. Maybe it’s how he has brought in fun reclamation projects and brought out the best in them. It’s something though. Regardless, if this team doesn’t bounce back from this rotten December and take advantage of an easier schedule in January, someone will have to go. There is no way around it in today’s NBA. Justified, sensible, or not, it is how the game is played.no comments
The T-Wolves fall again, this time 122 -128 in Phoenix. What's up with Be-Eazy? Beasley has been pretty bad of late. Tonight he got his fifth foul in the third quarter. He's not playing playing well lately at all, to be honest. We all already know about his absolutely terrible defense, stupid fouls, and too much ball-hogging on offense. His redeeming feature is that he's our only guy who can create his own offense, and he usually does it quite well. He made some nice plays this game, but of course he can't play defense so that negates his offensive contributions. We keep losing all these games, but at least the Wolves are infinitely more exciting than our teams of seasons past. We are a totally watchable team, which is leaps and bounds above the dredgery of the past. So at least we've got that going for us.
I don't really have much else to add (Puke Ridnour sucks), and besides, the Suns shooting was insane. 50% from the field, and 55% from three point land. They shot an insane 15 of 27 from deep. Sick. The Wolves actually shot 53% overall, but only 36% from deep (8 of 22.) That's the difference right there, as both teams had 16 turnovers. The Suns, the worst rebounding team in the league, actually out-rebounded the Wolves 46 to 39. Egads.
Martell Webster is now 5 of 6 from three-point land this season. Our much needed, and legitimate NBA starting quality shooting guard, has finally arrived. As I said in last night's game recap, Martell is the Real Deal.
If you've read one game recap regarding our team the past few seasons, you've more or less read them all. So let's just stop with this. If you want more discussion/analysis/game chatter, go check out the Official Game Thread in the TWolves Blog Forums. Join us again Friday night when the Wolves travel to Portland.
On a lighter note, we absolutely LOVE AND CHERISH Haiku's here at TWolvesBlog. If you don't feel the same, you may as well just leave now. Haiku's are an amazing and often hilarious form of artistic expression. With that said, for today's Timberpup Game bonus, run by TWB forum member "Roundhouse", the bonus was to create the best/funniest/etc Haiku. If you are unfamiliar with Haikus, it is a short little 3 line poem that has 5 syllables in the first line, 7 in the 2nd, and 5 in the 3rd. Here's what we came up with in the forums. (Feel free to leave your own in the comments!)
Play the Suns tonight
a back-to-back, hope to lose
by less than 50.
Martell is back now
No need to trade for Mayo
Draft some more white guys
Wolves got an Off Guard
Telfair, Ridnour, and J. Flynn
Still need a Point Guard
Sitting in my Cube
Contemplating booze tonight
Need to get away
Terrible coaching leads to...
The Dome collapsing
Working in a cube
Brain getting smaller as the
Belly gets bigger
Causing room to spin around
Where did my pants go?
Can’t see over steering wheel
Scare me please take cab
What day is it now?
Yes work sucks work sucks work sucks
Wolves can't cure these ills
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So the T-Wolves lost to the Warriors 99-108 tonight, despite the fact that they didn't even have Stephen Curry; AND the Wolves had our entire complement of players with the return of Jonny Flynn and Martell Webster. That sucked. Not to say it was unexpected, because we've only won 1 road game in the past year, or however ridiculously long it's been.
The main point of this mini-post/recap is to announce to the majority of the NBA World who didn't watch this game, that the TWolves appear to have a legitimate NBA starting SG. Martell Webster looked fantastic tonight in 26 minutes. He went 6 of 8 from the field, nailed both his threes, had 17 points, 5 boards, and played solid D. What else could you ask for in his first game back from surgery and rehab? Granted it's only one game and it was against the Golden State no defense Warriors (small sample size alert!), but he looked like more of a shooting guard than anyone else on our team, or anyone we've had at SG in a looooooong time. So with that, I'm really excited to see what he can do the rest of the season. Tune in tomorrow night when the Wolves take on Phoenix.
Let's do some bullet points on tonight's game, because bullet points are fun and easy (= lazy)
For more notes/discussion/analysis of tonight's game vs the Warriors, definitely make sure to check out the TWolves Blog Forum Game Thread.no comments
Another great article by TWolves Blog Forum member "Wolfenstein". I couldn't agree more in how this applies to our current Wolves squad. Take it away Wolfenstein:
"I'd rather have a lot of talent and a little experience than a lot of experience and a little talent."
The wisdom of Mr. Wooden's words lies in their simplicity; Wooden was a brilliant reductionist of strategy and tenacious when it came to clinging to his principles. In his autobiography "My Personal Best", Wooden reinforces that his measure of success never had to do with Wins and Losses, but rather relied on playing hard, and, ultimately, on personal improvement both on the court and off.
Wooden believed that complex strategies slow down players, and believed that if his teams could simply run faster, jump higher, and play harder for the entire game, they would win more than they lost regardless of X's and O's.
Where this affects us as Timberwolves fans is in our patience, or, more specifically, our lack thereof.
Our collective lack of patience is somewhat justified, or at least is the result of years of conditioning: our first several attempts at rebuilding under McHale were doomed from the start; nowhere in the previous 12 years of management had McHale shown a talent, desire, or disposition towards building a young team. Instead, we saw talent languish, fail to develop, and in some cases develop only after moving onward and out of the T-Wolves organization (*cough* Chauncey Billups *cough*).
When David Kahn took over in 2009, many were tentatively optimistic, and that optimism was buoyed after Kahn orchestrated a very solid trade to pick up the #5 pick, which he used for Ricky Rubio. However, the optimism was shredded when Kahn reached with our #6 pick by taking Johnny Flynn, who was largely evaluated as a mid-first round talent.
[A sidebar here; I like Johnny Flynn, and see him developing as a more explosive Avery Johnson type- a vocal leader who commands the respect of his teammate and will, eventually, be a very positive lockerroom and on the court influence. That said, there was better talent available at that spot, and talent that would have facilitated the Rubio signing quicker. Steph Curry was one of my favorite college players after watching him shred the Zags (my alma mater) in 2008 and then dominate college basketball with skill and craftiness in 2009. It was devastating to see us pass on Curry.]
Since the 2009 draft, however, we've shed the likes of Brian Cardinal, Ryan Gomes, Mark Madsen, Mike Miller, and Craig Smith. The new players include Darko, Beasley, Wes Johnson, Martell Webster, Anthony Tolliver, and Nikola Pekovic. What started with some questionable moves has become a cohesive youth movement that will pay off in the long run. Each position runs two deep with guys who have the talent to be legitimate NBA starters with some time and development. (We also have a coach who stresses player development and has managed to establish a culture where players don't act like numbskulls.)
The key for the next few years is talent vs. experience. There is a difference between a 25 win season and a 25 win ceiling. We’ve shed experienced bench players who ended up playing big minutes for us in favor of younger guys who can get up and down the court and play the game.
The Timberwolves find themselves entering 2011 in the rare position of being loaded with young talent at nearly all positions. We have young guys that need touches and the offense that Rambis is implementing requires patience from his players; as fans we ought to follow suit and see who pans out before hitting the "Reset" button. We don’t need to panic and bring on someone just because they've had moderate success in the league (Mayo, Iguodala), but rather need to build this team together and sign our young talent to reasonable contracts so that we can have them together when their talent starts to peak.
And maybe draft Scottie Hopson’s High Top Fade this year, he would be a hit.
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1. When you add him to the roster you can no longer commit significant playing time to career backups like Sebastian Telfair. Bassy need mo' time.
2. The practice court isn't wide enough for Flynn to join in team conditioning drills.
3. Flynn's hip feels better when he can shoot the ball 35 times a game.
4. Kahn wants Flynn's stats to look better in comparison with (former Wolves draft pick) Ty Lawson's current stretch of brilliant play.
5. Management is hoping for another injury so we can all just forget about him and usher in the Ricky Rubio era next year.
6. Waiting to debut him against a starting PG that's less than two times better (Dec. 20 vs. Eric Bledsoe looks good!).
7. Getting back to NBA game speed is much easier to do in a league full of players who by-and-large will never make it to the NBA.
8. Needs time to whiten teeth for looming smile opportunities on the NBA stage.
9. Has to hone his full-court outlet passing so Kevin Love doesn't have to do it all the time.
10. Team is already tanking to try and FINALLY get the #1 pick. Adding a healthy Flynn to the mix might stop the team from sinking low enough to have a realistic shot.no comments
We're back again with Jeff from Project Spurs for another Q&A, as the Wolves look to avenge last Wednesday's heart-breaking loss at the Target Center to San Antonio. If you know anything, you already know that Project Spurs is a great site. I'll also link to my Q&A over at PS later today when it's up.
I would have had this post up sooner for the early risers this morning, and with more of a kickass intro, but I became sicker than #)@! yesterday and have been out of action. I'm sure there's a "from-watching-the-TWolves" joke in there somewhere...
Here's my side of the Q&A posted over at Project Spurs!
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Kahn and Ronzone's likely reaction after this one.
Another bad loss for the Wolves. Tonight I blogged about it live. Really wish I could have made some more optimistic remarks, but it is obviously difficult when the solutions seem so obvious to the general fan, and the team plays so sloppy after being so well-rested. Let's hope we can pull some upsets in what will be a very difficult upcoming month. Check out the rest of the transcript below the fold.
7:02 PM: Good evening my tens of Wolves fan. Mike here typing live from Uptown, Minneapolis where it is a paltry 15 degrees and declining. I am joined by the most masculine drink of all time: a bubbly can of Peach Citrus Fresca. Tonight the Wolves face Dallas Mavericks, in Dallas, and have about a 3% chance of winning this game. Glad I was able to start things off on a positive note.
Currently the pre-game show is in full force. We have already seen a shot of Kevin Love and Anthony Tolliver wearing some of those noise canceling headphones. What's up with those things? Do they both hate people that much? Don't normal earbuds work?
7:07 PM: Ok. What in the hell is the Arby's Value player of the game? I don't get it. Isn't Arby's known for being overpriced? I mean, Beef and Cheddar is a fantastic sandwich and all - but $3.99 for 1 fast food item is a bit much. Hardly any value. And what criteria does one need to meet to be the value player? Random text message folly it seems.
Also, after the commercial break: Tonight's game plan. This should be good
7:11 not-inserting-PMs-anymore: This pre game analyst debate segment is awful. Scripted. Based on percentages you can tell anywhere from 3-5 people are voting, if any. Kind of like the Howl-Meter at Wolves games. Clearly fake. Debate as you deem necessary.
7:20 Well I suppose I should stop attempting to tell bad jokes about things no reader is really watching. Tonight is going to be a tough contest. Mark Cuban in da house tonight screaming at officials, Dirk Diggler and Jason Terry (who I swear shoots 100% from the field....), ugh. Expect a lot of 3's tonight from Dallas. They should easily exploit our awesome transition/team perimeter defense on the wings so I don't really know. Boy-o-Boy I encourage everyone to watch and keep a tally of the # of: contested jumpshots the Wolves take tonight, # of terrible shots from Brewer off the dribble, and overall # of botched possessions due to the inability to recover from a broken play. Alright, time to be a little more "glass half full" perhaps. Also, my Light it Up Prediction is.....Darko. Why not? Chandler will be tough but that's ok. If not him than Ridnour. He is ready for a big night. Talking to yourself on the internet is weird, either way. Also my dog is chewing on a drum stick (the instrument).