Klay Thompson: Not like Mych (but that’s okay)
The Timberwolves were routed 105-89 last night against the Warriors, as the Dubs clinched only their second playoff appearance in 19 (!) seasons. These late West Coast games are wildcards for Patrick J, as they usually start at 10:30 Eastern Time, which is fairly late on a school night. Which is to say, I fell asleep around 10:30 P.M. last night, just before the tip of the Wolves-Dubs game. That’s what League Pass’s game archive is for. I plan to watch the game in its entirety as soon as I satisfy all of the niggling responsibilities today at my actual job here in DC, hopefully as a prelude to staying up late to catch tonight’s Wolves-Clips game live.
Operating on more forgiving Central Time, Andy G took in all of last night’s action. In this INBOX post, he’s going to wrap last night’s game and I’m going to preview tonight’s game, both with a simple “5 things” rapid-fire approach. Enjoy.
Malcolm Lee and the Minnesota Timberwolves look to stop Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors tonight in Oakland
Fresh off a 103-95 Friday-night loss in Portland, the Wolves play Golden State tonight at 9:30 PM CST in Oaktown.
It seems like the Wolves are getting a relatively easy road game the night after a tough loss, but a closer look suggests otherwise. The Warriors have:
- the better record on the season (7-6, vs. the Wolves’ 5-6)
- more momentum (GSW have won 4 of their last 6, the Wolves have a 4-game losing streak)
- a history of being Twolf killers (GSW has won 10 of the last 12 head-to-heads against the Wolves)
Things get bad for Team Adelman if they lose this one. Continue reading
The Jazz and Mavs will compete with the Wolves for a playoff spot.
Marc Stein has released his first Power Rankings of the 2012-13 season. A quick scan down to the middle teams shows support for something that I have been thinking to be true about this Western Conference playoff landscape: There will be four teams fighting for two playoff spots. They are the Dallas Mavericks, Utah Jazz, Golden State Warriors and, yes, our very own Minnesota Timberwolves. If you follow Stein’s writing, you know that he loves Dallas and, like many others in the NBA media, quickly took to the Rubio-led Timberwolves of 2012. It comes as no surprise then, that he has them ranked slightly ahead of Utah and Golden State. Stein ranks the Wolves 14th–8th best in the West. He has Utah and Golden State ranked 16th/9th and 17th/10th respectively. He has Dallas ranked 10th overall, 6th in the West, ahead of Memphis, which he ranks 11th/7th. His Dallas bias got the best of him there. While the Mavs could surprise and do well in a Post-Jet & Chandler World, there’s no reason to expect them to finish ahead of the Grizzlies.
Why only two spots? Continue reading
The B.S. Report podcast, when NBA-focused, is probably my favorite going right now. Joe House, a Wizards fan and funny dude, makes a good sidekick for Simmons when talking all the latest in pro hoops. But in their recent discussion about Ray Allen, Simmons said something that I took issue with:
Simmons: I think the thing people miss with Ray and the reason him and Rondo struggle to play together and struggle to get along.. Ray’s a… you know… everybody.. has to chip in to help Ray succeed. He’s runnin’ off double and triple screens. The point guard’s gotta pound the ball, twenty-five feet from the basket, for five, six seconds waiting for Ray to come around all these different things. And I think Rondo is starting to get frustrated. That, you know, they’re devoting so much time to helping Ray succeed, almost at the expense of his game. And when [Avery] Bradley was in there and Rondo could just do whatever he wanted, Bradley’s doing backcuts, all that stuff. That was such a better fit for Rondo’s game. I think that was part of the problem.
House: But that was just something that came to light last season. It’s not like that’s been going on for a long time. And it happened to coincide with, you know, Ray’s physical aging curve. He’s right at, kind of, the end of his career.
Even though Joe House did a solid job of quickly explaining Simmons’ comment away, it still bugged me when I listened to it. For two reasons: Continue reading
Klay Thompson, son of former Gopher great, Mychal Thompson
The game wraps have become fewer and farther between, but I attended this game so it makes sense to post some notes.
For much of the 2nd Quarter, this game felt like a breeze. The Warriors scored 4 points in the first 9:03 of the period while the Wolves built up an 18-point lead near the half. For the final 26:57 of the game, the Warriors would outscore the home team 72-51. Those 72 points came the easy way; many from Charles Jenkins uncontested layups. Kevin Love was needed as a help defender, but he either lacked the energy or inclination to play that part on this night. On multiple–possibly consecutive–possessions, Love watched dribblers take the layup when he was within range of at least a foul, if not a solid contest. Continue reading