Nathaniel Friedman/Sporting News on some "bold -- highly unlikely, but not impossible -- predictions" for the second half of the season.
Every season, some young team comes together and racks up a few extra wins or at least becomes a tougher matchup. It's tough to make a case for the T-Wolves because they live in the Western Conference. But after seeing Gerald Green and Rashad McCants in the dunk contest last weekend, I believe anything is possible.
Here are comments by an Eastern Conference scout about the five rookies from the University of Florida. The scout requested anonymity because of team rules:
Corey Brewer: "You've got to keep working [on the outside shot]. It's much easier to get where he wanted [in terms of shooting consistency] when he was in college."
Chris Richard: "Needs more work [to become a consistent player]."
Rashad McCants (Timberwolves guard, UNC): McCants missed 44 games last season after having microfracture surgery on his right knee. Back at full strength, he’s averaging 15 points and shooting 45 percent for a Minnesota team that’s adjusting to life without Kevin Garnett. McCants is also adding plenty of tattoos and souvenirs to his collection. This season, McCants has snagged signed jerseys from Amare Stoudemire, Steve Nash, Allen Iverson, Baron Davis and Marvin Williams to add to his walls at home. As far as the new body ink, the former Tar Heel, whose “Born to be hated, dying to be loved” tattoo was a source of much discussion in his college days, now has more than 20 markings. A “Lucky” tattoo is on his right forearm, “Fearless” runs down his right leg and a massive “Vicious” tattoo is stamped on his stomach.
Gerald Green kind of got undersold on the blow-the-candle dunk. That was a really, really cool dunk and worth a perfect score.
In the end, however, the best man won.
After Tuesday's shootaround at Target Center, center Theo Ratliff told reporters he was a "game-time decision," but Wittman did not confirm if Ratliff will be on the active roster against Philadelphia.
After Monday's practice, Wittman said he did not expect Ratliff to play in the next few games.