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  1. #16

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    Gotta love the preseason.

    Jake Layman managed to hoist up six 3-pointers in just under 17 minutes against PHX; not to be outdone, KAT fired up eight 3-pointers in 18+ minutes. KAT at least made 3 of his, while Layman came up with the o-fer.
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  2. #17

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    STrib: Wolves' Jarrett Culver trying to get up to speed as NBA rookie

    Jarrett Culver’s first minute as an NBA player could not have gone much worse.

    Culver checked in the Timberwolves’ preseason game against Phoenix on Tuesday night with 5 minutes, 9 seconds remaining in the first quarter. Five seconds into his first possession, he traveled.

    Then the next time down the floor, he airballed a three-pointer.

    After another turnover a few minutes later, thing went substantially better for Culver, who finally eased into the game when he got a steal on defense and a dunk going the other way.

    “That’s how you really start your offense, it starts with your defense,” Culver said. “That’s how I really got going.”

    Culver’s early mistakes certainly didn’t cause him to shy away from trying to do a lot in his first NBA action. Over the Wolves’ first two games, nobody took more shots than Culver, who was a combined 11-for-26 from the floor, including 4-for-10 from three-point range.

    It was the first two steps in Culver’s acclimation to the league, one similar to how other rookies get acclimated, coach Ryan Saunders said. Culver’s third exhibition will come when the Wolves take on Maccabi Haifa of the Israeli league Sunday at Target Center.

    “It is a different system offensively and defensively,” Saunders said. “And it’s just natural that the offensive system is going to be ahead of the defensive system, especially when they’re new. So, with that, he’ll get comfortable with it, but just might take a little time.”

    http://www.startribune.com/wolves-ja...kie/562946032/

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    per the STrib:

    The Timberwolves made some moves around the fringes of their roster Monday, signing guard Tyus Battle and forward Barry Brown while waiving Lindell Wigginton and former Gophers forward Jordan Murphy.

    Both Brown, from Kansas State, and Battle, from Syracuse, played for the Wolves during the Las Vegas summer league. Battle previously agreed to an Exhibit 10 contract with the Wolves, paving the way for him to head to the team's G-League affiliate in Iowa. A source said the Wolves' plan is for Murphy and Wigginton to go to Iowa should they clear waivers, which is likely.

    Murphy saw action in one Wolves preseason game and scored five points while Wigginton scored nine in his lone appearance.

    http://www.startribune.com/timberwol...own/563082132/

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  4. #19

    Default Five Reasons to Watch the Minnesota Timberwolves This Season - The Ringer

    Karl-Anthony Towns, Center

    Hammered one on Semi Ojeleye last year. A kind of tomahawk. I think their armpits touched. The dunk made Mark Jones scream, “Oh, he faced the nation. Wow.” The dunk made Doris Burke follow that with, “My goodness.” Dunked on a lot of guys last year. Appears to take great pleasure in doing so. Likes to puff his chest out on the trot to get back on defense....

    Jarrett Culver, Forward

    Sixth overall pick in this year’s draft. West Texas grown. Stayed in Lubbock for college. Became a Red Raider. Guarantee you he knows who Andre Emmett is. Guarantee you he knows who Tony Battie is. For sure he’s aware of Darvin Ham. Ham once shattered a backboard, made it rain plexiglass crystals, sheets of the stuff snowing down like ice breaking off a glacier.

    Culver is serious business. He’s been under the tutelage of Chris Beard. Came out after his sophomore year...

    Robert Covington, Forward

    I know it’s RoCo, but feels like Rococo could work well too. Great Arcade Fire cut. Let’s go downtown and watch the modern kids. Actually, never mind. I revoke my invitation. That doesn’t sound fun at all.

    I wouldn’t hesitate to call Covington a great defender. Has spiderlike qualities but is also foxish. Is he a spiderfox? I don’t know. Probably not. What about a foxspider? Feels like he’s definitely not that. Foxspider is much harder to say than spiderfox. Spiderfox rolls out nicely. Foxspider rolls out like a brick...

    Shabazz Napier, Point Guard

    I would describe his handle as entertaining. I have a great time watching him dribble. It’s like I throw this tiny little party every time he crosses somebody.

    Golden hands. Hands like the Run the Jewels 3 cover. Two-time national champion. Most Outstanding Player of the 2014 Final Four.

    Can still get the job done. There’s still money in the bank. There’s still gas in the tank. And although I would love to be smart enough to think of a third rhyme in a row, unfortunately, at this time, I am not...

    Jake Layman, Forward

    “Turtles All the Way Down” is the opening track on Sturgill Simpson’s Metamodern Sounds in Country Music. The title is in reference to the world turtle myth. The idea’s basically that there is this one world turtle that holds the entire planet on its back. Below that turtle is an even bigger turtle. Below that turtle is an even bigger turtle. A trend is emerging. Below that turtle is an even bigger turtle and below that turtle is an even bigger turtle and on and on this chain of turtles goes, indefinitely.

    Layman would like you to fear the turtle. Do you understand me? Fear the turtle! Be terrified! Lonny Baxter! Byron Mouton! Ralph Friedgen! Turtle wrath...

    https://www.theringer.com/nba/2019/1...jarrett-culver

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    I watched most of the (preseason) game last night against the Bucks, who will probably come out of the east. This is going to be a very long year. A longer year than I anticipated. Even given that it was preseason, Wiggins is more Wiggins than ever. This team can't shoot. I'll say it again, this team can't shoot. Culver looks like he might be a player, but he can't shoot. Vonleh and Bell look small for interior players. Layman didn't do much of anything. Napier was better than I thought. Okogie works hard, plays good defense and is out of control on offense. RoCo plays solid defense but he won't last long if he has to play a lot at the four. KAT is exemplary. Finally, how do they expect the team to buy into the new "culture" when so many of them are on one year deals?

    At least they are trying to play pace and space.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamiche View Post
    I watched most of the (preseason) game last night against the Bucks, who will probably come out of the east. This is going to be a very long year. A longer year than I anticipated. Even given that it was preseason, Wiggins is more Wiggins than ever. This team can't shoot. I'll say it again, this team can't shoot. Culver looks like he might be a player, but he can't shoot. Vonleh and Bell look small for interior players. Layman didn't do much of anything. Napier was better than I thought. Okogie works hard, plays good defense and is out of control on offense. RoCo plays solid defense but he won't last long if he has to play a lot at the four. KAT is exemplary. Finally, how do they expect the team to buy into the new "culture" when so many of them are on one year deals?

    At least they are trying to play pace and space.
    Wiggins needs to work on his shooting. Teams straight up lay off him. If they dont respect your jumper, you cant do much else. Im no shooting coach, but it looks like he needs work on his mechanics consistency. He doesnt square up a ton.

    I get your point about the culture. But there is literally a handful of players that need to care: Towns, Wigs (until they can trade him), Culver, Okogie, Nowell, and Reid.

    Covington is getting traded.

    They will spend the season doing their best to prop up Wiggins so a team like the Hornets will trade him.

    The one year deals are to give them a look at those players, but more importantly, roster flexibility

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimmyJamesMD View Post
    Wiggins needs to work on his shooting. Teams straight up lay off him. If they dont respect your jumper, you cant do much else. Im no shooting coach, but it looks like he needs work on his mechanics consistency. He doesnt square up a ton.

    I get your point about the culture. But there is literally a handful of players that need to care: Towns, Wigs (until they can trade him), Culver, Okogie, Nowell, and Reid.

    Covington is getting traded.

    They will spend the season doing their best to prop up Wiggins so a team like the Hornets will trade him.

    The one year deals are to give them a look at those players, but more importantly, roster flexibility
    This is Wig’s sixth year. If he hasn’t worked on his shooting, he’s not going to.

    If only six of the fifteen players in the locker room are supposed to care about the culture then there is no culture and they should stop talking about it. (BTW, I think your number and the players you chose are about right.)

    Not sure they trade RoCo. That contract gives them a lot of internal flexibility.

    Wigs looks so passive (yes, preseason) that I can’t envision a greater fool than the wolves for at least two more years.

    So many lousy players on one year deals may create such a bad environment that no one will want to come to the tundra. Roster flexibility only matters if you can get and keep players.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jamiche View Post
    This is Wig’s sixth year. If he hasn’t worked on his shooting, he’s not going to.

    If only six of the fifteen players in the locker room are supposed to care about the culture then there is no culture and they should stop talking about it. (BTW, I think your number and the players you chose are about right.)

    Not sure they trade RoCo. That contract gives them a lot of internal flexibility.

    Wigs looks so passive (yes, preseason) that I can’t envision a greater fool than the wolves for at least two more years.

    So many lousy players on one year deals may create such a bad environment that no one will want to come to the tundra. Roster flexibility only matters if you can get and keep players.


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    Their roster tells us they dont believe a ton in the players they have on their roster.


    I admittedly havent watched the preseason at all. But did see wiggins went 4-18, AND hes being passive? Oh man. What if his contract ends and then hes just out of the league altogther.

  9. #24

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    Iceland12, good to see you posting again.

    Let's hope our Gophers and Wolves give us something exciting to post about.

    Howl Wolves!!

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    Wolves are going to be absolutely terrible this year. Towns and RoCo are all they have. Maybe Culver will be good in a another year. That's it. Wiggins seemingly has gotten worse from what I have seen this preseason (which isn't much). Tank city here we come.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tikited View Post
    Wolves are going to be absolutely terrible this year. Towns and RoCo are all they have. Maybe Culver will be good in a another year. That's it. Wiggins seemingly has gotten worse from what I have seen this preseason (which isn't much). Tank city here we come.
    Quote Originally Posted by BleedGopher View Post
    Iceland12, good to see you posting again.

    Let's hope our Gophers and Wolves give us something exciting to post about.

    Howl Wolves!!
    Thanks Bleed but yeah guys, it doesn't look good.

    On the bright side it looks like the Timberwolves all got the same haircut tonight. That's gotta mean something right?

  12. #27

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    115-115 going into O.T.

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    127-126 Wolves beat Nets in O.T.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iceland12 View Post
    127-126 Wolves beat Nets in O.T.
    Nice start to the season. Wiggins was... okay. Looks like Graham was NOT hot from the floor. Yikes!!

    Nice to see them out of the gates at 1-0!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ogee Oglethorpe View Post
    Nice start to the season. Wiggins was... okay. Looks like Graham was NOT hot from the floor. Yikes!!

    Nice to see them out of the gates at 1-0!
    Very nice. IMHO Wiggins was pretty bad thru 3 Quarters, and a difference maker for the Wolves in the 4th and O.T. Forget the 3 for Wiggins, let him shoot the shot that works for him and get to the rim.

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