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Anton Schieffer

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Posted on 11/21/14 at 06:56 pm in response to Is the Wolves' playing style out of step with the modern NBA?

We're probably not going to see it tonight, but I've watched Pop bench multiple players for "cheating" on defense by sagging off a corner three-point shooter on a drive. Flip's lack of willingness to adhere to his newly "conventional" wisdom is one reason our opponents are shooting 43 percent from beyond the arc (29th in the league as of today).

Posted on 11/17/14 at 02:59 pm in response to The Wolves weren't just bad against New Orleans. They were disgraceful.

One thing that troubled me going into this season was our lack of that feisty player with a chip on his shoulder. I know many here are anti-JJ but that was one of the things he brought to the court, and it could be infectious (if other things were working). I can't think of a current player on this roster who has the fire and gravitas to have that sort of impact, let alone right the ship, when things start to slide.

But yes, missing Rubio had a huge impact on this weekend's blowout...

Posted on 11/19/14 at 12:06 pm in response to The Wolves weren't just bad against New Orleans. They were disgraceful.

I wasn't saying that we should've kept Barea by any means, just that he seemed to be one of the few who took poor team play personally. Who on this Wolves team is upset that we are 2-7 at this point? Who is willing to call out their teammates for it? It's hard to say if we've run out of professional pride this early in the season, or if we are just *really* reliant on Ricky and Thad to keep this ship pointed in the right direction...

I guess we'll find out tonight when we take on...

Posted on 10/29/14 at 10:39 am in response to Reality Bites: the Minnesota Timberwolves 2014-15 season preview

The whole "win now vs. develop young players" trope often strikes me as a bit of a false dichotomy. No coach intends to put anyone on the floor who doesn't deserve to be there in some way. Obviously since Flip is also POBO he can steer this ship a bit more than just a coach, so it will be interesting to see how the rotation shakes out after a couple of weeks.

That said, it's fairly certain that Ricky Rubio will most impact the wins and losses of this team. And his play is possibly...

Posted on 10/29/14 at 12:08 pm in response to Reality Bites: the Minnesota Timberwolves 2014-15 season preview

With a team this young and inexperienced, the line between the two matters less (as opposed to, say, finding minutes for Bazz last year). I tend to think of playing role players like Mo Williams is more of an experiment in synergy rather than a judgment/comparison of the player he was selected over, especially since we're always going to have an inexperienced player or two on the court this year. I just don't think those two ideas are so mutually exclusive on this year's Wolves, and some...

I honestly can't remember the last time anyone said the West wasn't going to be competitive. What's interesting is that there were far fewer impactful personnel moves among top-tier teams than in the past. Dallas picked up Chandler and Parsons (and lost Marion and Carter), but other than that, most teams kept their core.

I'm not sold on the Clippers being a team that can go deep, and I can't really explain why. I don't like Blake's style of play (I also hated Shaq's), and the...

Posted on 10/27/14 at 11:33 am in response to Britt Robson's NBA preview: Eastern Conference

While I agree with lots Britt has written here, it's only natural (and fun) to point out the things I disagree on. For starters, I think the Cavs have better depth than advertised (except at the guard position, but it sounds like LeBron will be playing "smaller" than he was at Miami - which I think is a short-term mistake but will lead to less wear-and-tear on his body) and will probably be in the #1 seed when all is said and done. While I also like the Bulls because of their deep front...

Posted on 10/27/14 at 02:27 pm in response to Britt Robson's NBA preview: Eastern Conference

My site is still up, but neglected. I have too many other interests to write on a regular basis, and I'd rather just chip in here where there's already an audience. (I'm uncharacteristically down on the Wolves this year too, but I'll save that for your Wolves preview)

I think the Bulls new pieces, including Rose, will make Dunleavy look better - I've always had a soft spot for teams with multiple big men who can pass, like Divac and Webber, or KG and Oliver Miller. I just think...

Posted on 08/29/14 at 10:49 am in response to Some assembly required for the new-look Timberwolves

The love of the mid-range jumper is one thing I'm very concerned with. Obviously that's not Rubio's game, but it's right up the alley of both Wiggins and LaVine, and I'd be foolish to think that Flip might nip those tendencies in the bud. Wiggins especially loves his own 20-foot step back jumper, but fortunately seems to use it sparingly, judging by his ability to get to the line.

Posted on 08/25/14 at 11:54 am in response to Yes, it's OK to feel good about the Timberwolves right now

After reading about the other offers prior to the draft, there's no doubt this is the best outcome we could've hoped for. Obviously Wiggins is the prize here; no one else could offer anything close that didn't come with strings attached (like David Lee's defense or even Klay Thompson's future contract, if GS was willing to part with him).

Like Britt, I'll reserve enumerating the downsides of the team for a future comment, but this year's squad needs to be all about chemistry if we...