The NBA’s scheduling God’s have had issue with the Timberwolves this week. Four games in 5-nights and those four games were so carefully packaged in back-to-back games. BnB’s are brutal especially when you get to Atlanta then fly home to host Charlotte. Then, take one day off to shake the cobwebs and figure out where you are. At that point, we’ll sling the NBA Champions at you (we’ll let that be a home game in the mid-week) then pop your carcass back on a plane to fly to Indiana. Four games. Five nights. Business trips aren’t what they are cracked up to be and they’re even worse when you are busting your tail chasing Steph Curry, getting sucker punched by lil’ Hawk Jeff Teague and capping it off in the Hoosier state where every game is a Final-4-event. Safe to say, even though it is the glamourous NBA, work is work.
But that being the case, no apologies or excuses in this Friday rag. The Wolves are just fine. My DVR (which was recently upgraded to get a hard drive that could handle the fall/winter crush of games/Cake Boss repeats/and other demands my wife places via the Lifetime Network) is still a joyous stop with those road wins in Chicago and Atlanta.
What’s clear is that fans are going to have to stay patient this season. Nights when school is in session (see Golden State 12 Nov) and you watch Curry shoot 15-of-25, 8 for 8 from the line and all in the most efficient 38 minutes, man…that’s beauty. Curry is special. That Golden State team is too, in a Western Conference that is flat out loaded.
Three thousand empty seats remained and Target Center had room to move with the Warriors in town. Too bad. A sellout should await every arena when these cats come calling. Curry is the main course but even as Coach Steve Kerr heals and former Laker handyman Luke Walton leads them, that roster showcases what could happen for the young and impressionable Wolves. The East Bay ‘ballers are deep, how about former Washington State sharp shooter Klay Thompson? Draymond Green “got paid” in the off season, he’s a serious player but a player the Warriors can’t live without. Tar Heel alum Harrison Barnes too…top to bottom, 1-to-12, take my word on this, the LAClippers aren’t the scary team in the Pacific, it’s Golden State.
Wolves players got a 48-minute lesson on multiple fronts. First, the Warriors were efficient shooting 54% from the field. They are a patient (there’s that word again) team on offense. They know when to hurry, when to make that extra pass, they just don’t give a hoot who scores on their team just as long as it goes through the peach basket. “Team” they are. They run the table showing how other teams should perform.
Then, they love to run and make the most of it. The Warriors take care of the ball, on most nights (like against the Wolves) they have fewer turnovers that their opponent. The Warriors can get outrebounded (as Minnesota did) and still beat you because of all the above.
Lessons. Patience. Key intangibles that will come to the Wolves. Just as it did on the in Chicago and after they lost their lead the Hawks to hold on to win.
No sooner had the final score flashed on TNT and headed off to commercial were my buddies on their phones, “baiting me”, after the Warriors game. Their message was direct, “I bet, when you start writing and talking about this game, all you’ll do is go on and on about Curry and how he’s the best in the NBA. RESIST Simons. You watch, the Wolves will win these games down the road and you know they will! It just ain’t their time yet. And you better mention 7-Wolves in DF’s dude. #GO Wolves.
Got it! I did notice the DF’s (double figure scoring) and that’s a result of the track meet of playing the Champs. Listen, I know the Wolves up-side is intact. This HAS been a good week. I’m a huge KAT fan as Karl-Anthony Towns is undoubtably an NBA Superstar in the making. He’s got every tool, he’s got a fire that burns non-stop but his ticket is possession of both….all the skills to match that amazing passion. How KAT & Andrew Wiggins took over in Atlanta was incredible and they did something the Wolves haven’t since 2002 (win in the 4-0-4). They were dynamic, especially KAT, in Chicago…both among the toughest road venues for the Wolves. So, yes buddies, all good and duly noted.
Another chum was watching on the telly and had to get his shot in before the buzzer sounded on his good night sleep. Blaine wrote, “OK, NOW do you believe me…that these Warriors will beat San Antonio and any other team in the West. It’s OK to agree with me Simons.”
B, OK, you may be on to something. Golden State is so much younger than the Spurs, far more disciplined and solid than the Clippers and from there, few teams can compare. GS is a better shooting bunch and now that they’ve won the title, they believe no one can beat ‘em. The West is there for the taking but it’s far too early to crown the King…but make no mistake, the title will run through Oakland this summer.
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Every week, if you write, I promise to get back to your notes and maybe even share with our readers. I’m grateful for your time to read this space and any and all notes.
Here’s one: My name is Tanner, I'm 18 and if you can believe I've been a T-Wolves fan for about 15 years. Back in 2009 I really started getting into NBA and decided to stick with the Wolves. After Kevin Love started to break out as an All Star player I gained hope that we had a new KG on our hands. But s Love isn't a team winner, he’s a walking double double with little substance in the win column. I feel Wiggins is different. Wiggins has a killer instinct hidden underneath his smile. This season I've seen him go from a calm quiet kid to a man who with go at anyone. You add that with LaVine who can develop into a Vince Carter type player, Rubio who has improved his jumper plus Dieng and our future is bright. If KG can instill his intensity in these young players, I see a team that could flat out over power and out play any team in the NBA. That is all just rambling in excitement and that's all I have for the team I have stuck through all these losing seasons, we are finally about to get back to relevance.
Tanner, I agree. You touched ‘em all. Keep it up! Next~
This from fan Ryan, he says from Ipswich in the United Kingdom. Hey Rod, I have been a Timberwolves fan since 2004, coincidently at the height of our playoff run to the western conference final, with pieces like Spree, Cassell,Wally & Eddie Griffin. After we bowed out to the Lakers and our miserable off season where contracts were not renewed, I still believed,
I just wish KG could give us 32 mins per night but what he brings to the locker room is invaluable especially for key young pieces like wiggins and rubio if anything he will instill a sense of pride in them and show them that the landscape of the west can change and with hard work the young wolves can transform the franchise.
Thank you for your note but the days of 20-minutes, forget 30, a night for KG are over. No doubt his role is valuable and as I’ve said before, when he’s wrapped up his playing days, KG will contribute greatly upstairs.
Ahhh. I’m glad the Warriors are gone and this is off my chest. If you see me at a game, say “hey” and let’s talk hoops. And as always, thanks for all the kind notes and your thoughts. I meant to do it this week but next, I’m on it….yes, dishing out my all time NBA favorites. Remember, keep your Game ON! and do not be a “casual” fan. Jump on board and keep the faith! See you on TV!
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