Lang Whitaker sits with Ricky Rubio to talk about the Timberwolves, his new beard and a play a fun game of make-this-face.
One-GIF Game Recap: Minnesota Timberholts 106 - Boston Celtics 88
One-GIF Game Recap: Denver Nuggets 117 - Minnesota Sleepywolves 113
Look. I don’t think JJ Barea needs to change. I get who he is, and what he brings to a basketball team: Offense, offense, and something called “grit” (scowls and draws fouls). He can score, and find teammates for open looks.
What I don’t get is why he is on a Rick Adelman team. He’s too small to effectively defend most other guards one-on-one. And though he can super-charge an offense at times, it’s the *way* he does so that seems so anti-Adelman. When JJ enters the game, the beautiful fluidity of the starting offense grinds to a halt while everyone watches him dribble drive for 20 seconds, or launch a 3-pointer in semi-transition with 20 seconds still on the shot clock. I think he could be a perfect change-of-pace guy on some teams (like he was for Dallas), but on this Wolves team? He’s a bad fit, and I think he’s making it difficult for the other bench guys to find their footing this season.
I understand why guys like Derrick Williams and Alexey Shved are reportedly on the block, and I would welcome seeing a solid veteran or two added to the bench. But I also continue to be puzzled why Barea remains an unquestioned fixture of this team. He’s a very good basketball player, but I don’t think he’s very good for the Timberwolves.
One-GIF Game Recap: LAC 109 - MIN 107
One-GIF Game Recap: MIN 113 - LAL 90
One-GIF Game Recap: DAL 108 - MIN 116
KEVIN LOVE, THAT IS: 32 points, 15 rebounds, 8 assists
One-GIF Game Recap: GSW 106 - MIN 93*
*GIF perfectly representing what (the incredibly good) Golden State did to our Twolves, and what we would like to do to most of Twitter’s meltdown last night. “Pek is over now that he has his money! Cut Shved! Our bench sucks! Where’s Chase-Oh yeah-he’s injured AGAIN-WE FORGOT WE HATE CHASE!”