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Anton Schieffer

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I follow some of the chatter about prospects, and I remember definitely being excited with the possibility of Muscala falling to the Wolves as a backup center. I had no idea he was from MN until now though. I actually caught his first Atlanta game and while he didn't fill up the stat sheet, you could tell his game was refined and that it would just be a matter of time before he got used to the rigors of NBA-caliber hoops. There will always be a spot on a roster for a big man who might not...

Posted on 03/07/14 at 01:02 pm in response to Wolves' final quarter: Reasonably desperate measures

Without looking at the stats, I would guess that Rubio's 3-point percentage increases towards the end of the game - opponents lose discipline and don't close out hard on the shot, especially because there's the perception that he's a bad shooter. As long as Ricky gets enough time to load it up, I'll live with him shooting it, especially when the alternative is a less-accurate three by JJ. Getting those shots at the end of ball movement is one thing, but making it a part of the offense is...

Posted on 02/28/14 at 11:40 am in response to Wolves will enter March with flickering hopes — or flickering out?

I'm personally a big fan of rookies having to earn their minutes, and I think Adelman's unwillingness to just play Muhammad at the beginning of the season has helped foster that chip-on-the-shoulder attitude - which is a good thing. Shabazz needs to know that there are some very good established players on this team already, and that he needs to do more than just score in order to see playing time. He's done that so far through rebounding, energy, and physicality. Kind of like an anti-...

Posted on 02/11/14 at 04:39 pm in response to Wolves' swan dive: Disintegrated hopes

Wasn't it just last week we were celebrating our return to .500? Yes, some momentum would be nice, but what exactly is stopping this team from re-capturing the blowout-win magic of early in the season? Getting Chase and Ronny back? As tempting as it is to say that opponents have figured us out, that's a cop-out. This team needs stick with the game plan down the stretch - to keep running and keep looking for easy chances until defenses get tired and start making mistakes. And not to put...

Posted on 02/08/14 at 11:05 am in response to Wolves' underachievement: specific disappointments

It's funny how the advanced metrics make it so much easier (or is that "more efficient") to talk about some of the finer things in the game - comparing offensive rebounding percentage or true shooting percentage is much more instructive when comparing players than looking at a box score. But this year's Timberwolves are a shining example of why you can't aggregate disparate statistical categories hope to gain much insight (though you can get a very broad idea). I think the same is true of...

Posted on 02/08/14 at 06:51 pm in response to Wolves' underachievement: specific disappointments

From that small bit of insight from the article, it appears EVP is quantifying what I'm seeing with my own eyes: Ricky's combined inability and unwillingness to shoot are hurting this team, to the point where his playmaking on offense does not make up for it. Regarding Love, his impact is not only hurt by his injury-plagued performance in '12-'13, but also small sample size (he was hurt, and for games he was healthy, I don't know if Target Center had SportVU cameras installed, so it could...

Posted on 01/31/14 at 01:46 pm in response to Wolves' player rotation adjustments: Losing the comfort zone

On your last point, I'm not one who has joined in the chorus of bashing Barea - his play has always been streaky, it's just that his brand of hero-ball shot attempts haven't been dropping at his usual rate. That said, if Price can provide some more stability, I'd love to give him a shot. I do wonder if JJ's attitude could handle a benching, and if that has something to do with Adelman's reluctance to change it up (which could also take Adelman out of his own comfort zone).

I also...

Personally, I've always wondered about the impact that the Wolves' True Elite Player (KG) has upon younger players who come to this franchise. Seems like KG has dissed "upper management" but has a soft spot for Flip - I wonder what impact that has upon blossoming stars like Love. I'll cop to not knowing enough about KG's beef with ownership to speculate on that either way, but I feel like he's a player that younger players look up to, and that his perspective is influential.

But yes...

Posted on 01/09/14 at 12:46 pm in response to Wolves Q-A: Flip Saunders assesses pros and cons, ups and downs

And definitely some questions I would have asked in there, too. I'm encouraged to know that Flip recognizes that this team isn't closing out on shooters, and how that drastically impacts opponent's field goal percentage. More importantly, I'm glad that stat is being tracked and quantified - that's really the best way to make sure the problem gets solved. Personally, I can accept guys scoring at the rim against our bigs much easier than I can accept giving up wide open jumpers.

Also...

Posted on 01/11/14 at 12:09 pm in response to Wolves Q-A: Flip Saunders assesses pros and cons, ups and downs

The Spurs are fairly well-known for being able to create those open corner threes, as well as deny opponents a chance to get them. And while I personally prefer Pop's defensive philosophy of always staying at home on corner three shooters (rather than having that defender help and having someone else rotate), with the Wolves' lack of shot-blocking, that's a luxury we probably can't afford. As I mentioned earlier, it's the most efficient shot in basketball, and giving it up should not be a...