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Wolves losing to Philly again would be mean.gif

But what's sad is I would not be surprised. eyes.gif

Let's just get a win. The team has lost at home in front of their fans 14 straight games and counting now.
post #62 of 285
This is a must win game damn it laugh.gif

We can't be the team to give them their first win again.
post #63 of 285
Philly guards are laughable.we should win this easily......hopefully.
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Jon Krawczynski @APkrawczynski 3m
Pek starting to do a little two-on-none pick and roll work with Rubio. Next step in the progression

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Ainge on KG: "If you don't meet his expectations, he has no use for you.” Jackie MacMullan on KG the ruthless tutor: es.pn/1PONn6F
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Key stat tonight is Lavine 2 TO.

He's using 27% of the team's possessions, up from 22% last season, but his TOV% is going down (20.4 to 16.2) which is encouraging. He's shooting 50% from 3-10 feet right now.

Not a good midrange shooter again this season but never has been, and we'd rather him shoot high-percentage shots anyway which is what he seems to be going out of his way to do somewhat. Just has to learn how to shoot them well, and then keep it up.

Still has a long way to go as a distributor obviously, if he'll ever be able to do it is the question. If he's going to be a good shooter some day, the long-term destination for him on this team and the way it'll be constructed seems to be out on the wing.
Edited by JPZx - 11/25/15 at 9:01pm
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Rubio: "It shows that we're starting to learn not to be comfortable just winning one game. Today was very important for us."


Rubio on KAT, and minutes...

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On KAT: Everyone goes through rough spot here and there, especially rooks. It's a process. Would like to see what he does with 35 mins tho


Then on his ankle injury -



Edited by JPZx - 11/25/15 at 9:14pm
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post #67 of 285
Caved in and got the one-team league pass for $26.99/month just to watch these pups.

It's worth it, right? laugh.gif
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post #68 of 285
I'm about to spring for the full thing...

Wiggins been putting in work from what I can tell from box scores
post #69 of 285
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Rubio ohwell.gif

Saw last night since Rubio's knee tear in 2012 vs. the Lakers he has missed 116 of the Wolves' 288 games.

Questionable Tues but reports are he's expecting to play.

Also, don't know if any of you guys are following Anthony Bennett's play this year but he has scored a total of 9 points for Toronto while buried on the bench.
post #71 of 285
A front line of number one picks was my dream tired.gif

Lavine looks good at attacking
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A front line of number one picks was my dream tired.gif

Damn - Yeah, that would be amazing. I guess I never thought of it like that. SF-C all No. 1 picks.

Edit: Wiggins' positional frequency this season so far. He's now played one-fifth of the minutes he played last season (2,969).


Edited by JPZx - 12/1/15 at 12:41am
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post #73 of 285
I saw no reason why AB couldn't stretch the floor and let KG teach him. But it's whatever now I guess.
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post #74 of 285

AB >> Payne

 

But how much they were paying AB compared to Payne is the main reason he's gone.

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SMitch gotta go.

post #76 of 285
Besides the Lavine hate I'm with Carver ...

There is no reason with how good towns has been to be playing him anything under 30 minutes a game mean.gif
post #77 of 285
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Towns sat out the fourth quarter for the third time in the last four games.

Mitchell is old school -- there is something he is not seeing out of Towns and he's making him earn it. I don't know what to think really.

The coaching situation is going to be interesting but we've known that from the beginning. Who is even making the call at the end of the year? Who is in charge here? Who is going to have the stones to bring in a new guy who will wipe out the current country club coaching staff as well as Saunders' and Adelman's kids?
post #78 of 285
^Totally agree we all know McHale will be in Minny soon if he's not there already. But I would like to see Thibs but I don't know who management will be once Glen sells. Will they get a long an all that. I'd rather see a healthy Rubio and this young squad get out there and show why we're the next DAMN dynasty that's coming.
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I would have to think Milt Newton is in charge now when it comes to making changes at season's end. The long-term future decisions: I don't know really, it's an underreported thing.

And McHale... I don't know. This franchise to him is an inevitable gravitational pull that I can't stop.
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SMitch gotta go.





somebody hire that man a PR agent he sounds silly

his mins argument doesn't make sense. You run young guys into the ground. Wiggins averaged almost 37 mins a game last year
his pNr argument doesn't make sense. Teams only run pNr in the 4th or....?

unless you Minny faithful justify it. Sounds like he just doesn't like Towns. Wiggins the quiet, hard working scrappy defender who's coming into his own offensively. Towns the heralded flashy offensive superstar? But Towns is a playmaker on D. I don't get it. Might be a reach, but nothing else makes sense to me
post #81 of 285
We really had a shot at the 8th seed SMitch killing any hope of that with his decision making...

Bringing in Prince at the end of close games like he's the defender he used to be mean.gif
post #82 of 285
Said it in the NBA thread.

We had a shot at the 8th.. This fool single handedly is losing us game with these terrible coaching decision. His rotations suck, can't draw a play up to save his life. Along with many other things.

I mean, he took towns out of the game with 37 seconds left down 2 on a defensive possession. Dieng was in the game and he's bottom 5 centers at defending the rim percentage wise when he contest the shot. KAT is top 4! When Portland subbed in aminu he took towns out because apparently aminu is a ball handler and 3pt shooter. But on that possession dame drove and simply laid the ball in.. Aminu was sitting under the basket where Towns would have been if he were in the game. Dame also got the layup because Dieng was in terrible position. Princes corpse did absolutely nothing to affect the shot. KAT stops that play from happening. Period.

SMitch is an idiot and is holding the team back.
post #83 of 285
2-9 at home mean.gif

Wiggins is back to dealing with his shot... Since Thanksgiving eve he's 38-95 (.400) and 5-22 (.227) from downtown.

Throw in the fact for the year LaVine is shooting .432, KMart is shooting .348, and Rubio is shooting .347 and our guards are struggling mightily getting the ball in the basket.
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post #85 of 285
Every time I watch Towns, it makes me think: more and more: that this guy could be the best PF to play the game in the future. It's really early, but I legitimately feel that way based on his ability alone. I'm as high on this guy as I've ever been on a player. I think some of those Wiggins touches need to go to KAT, and ultimately KAT needs to be the centerpiece of it all within the next year or two. Wiggins is still developing, so you don't want to stunt that. But I think they should be attacking inside to out, not the other way around
post #86 of 285
Agree he's the PF I've wanted here since KG left. I think in this new NBA he's a center. But either way he has to be our Duncan for the next decade plus.
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I have no problem with Sam limiting KAT's minutes, it's exactly what most criticized Flip for not doing last year with Wiggins.

I don't blame Sam Mitchell for anything to do with the W-L record either - you play almost every three days/going from city-to-city. It's on individuals to sort of 'get up' themselves on the day of games. Obviously with the 76ers or teams with little to no veterans - it's a more important aspect to the job, like in Brett Brown's case.

But the T-Wolves have multiple, from different championship-winning teams (Prince, KG) and the players want to avoid disappointment in the eyes of Garnett as much as Mitchell if I had to guess. One's just fear, one's just fear of losing minutes. Same effect. laugh.gif It's not like in the NFL where a coach has a week to surround his team with a well-constructed game plan, I don't think coaches could affect records that much in situations where you can't flesh out an opponent; dissect for weaknesses. They might alter something late in games with substitution preferences/play drawn up, but for 95% of the game the players are out there deviating when they want to and making the best on-court decisions they saw at the time, so if it's tied or close at the end of games that's on them ultimately.

Was looking up last three games stuff - 3PA:3PM ratios.

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@DWolfsonKSTP: By the way, heard the Nets and Lakers are two of the teams that like Shabazz. He has fans. But Milt is not moving him anytime soon. #twolves

Then on Kevin Martin:

"No buzz yet [about the potential of him being traded at the deadline]. Heard the Kings like him. But so do Sam and Milt."
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I have no problem with Sam limiting KAT's minutes, it's exactly what most criticized Flip for not doing last year with Wiggins.


Can't argue with that, but Wiggins averaged 36 mins a game as a raw rookie. Towns is averaging 27. Towns should be right at 30 or slightly above imo.


Duncan averaged 39 mins as a rookie.

Besides all that, if you aren't giving guys tons of mins when they're young, when do you? When they're older?
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I think we have to play it different with Towns though considering every No. 1 pick since at least 1980 averaged 27 minutes per game or more in college.

Towns was at 21 minutes per game - because of the the platoon system Calipari was implementing, which Cal said he wouldn't do again. So not only is Towns not accustomed to an 82-game regular season schedule (he played 40 games last year or so?) but the minutes he played in those 40 games were far less. Not saying we need to bring him along slowly forever, but I don't want to get into a situation where gets an injury because his body's being overexerted somewhat, tries to play through it, compensates (puts weight on another joint/muscle that he wouldn't typically) and an even worse injury occurs. I dunno.
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