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Wolves with Juan: Five on it

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For the first time in over 3,000 days, the Minnesota Timberwolves are on a five game winning streak. After beating the Charlotte Hornets Sunday night, the Wolves complete the first ten games of 2017 with a 7-3 record. **Rick Flair Woo Noise**

 

Timberwolves 112, Hornets 94

 

I’m extra jacked after that one. It’s tough to tell if it’s because of the extra hour of sleep, not spending my energy on a Vikes game, or what the hell is going on. Regardless, if the intensity bleeds through too much on this edition; my bad. Juiced up right now like you wouldn’t believe. Lance Armstrong and baseballs  don’t have anything on me.

How does the old saying go? If it isn’t broke, don’t talk about it? At least that’s how my superstitious self believes it should go. After back-to-back blowout wins, Thib’s unit (perverts) is currently far from welfare status. Let’s double down on the old sayings. The Wolves are operating like a well-oiled machine.

 

Our unit (grow the hell up) had a few individual performers we need to discuss. First and foremost, is Jeffrey Demarco Teague. While his 18 points and 12 dimes show up on the stat sheet, his most important asset doesn’t. Minnesota’s new starting PG spaces the floor. Something that Ricky Rubio was unable to do. The floor spacing leads to better ball movement and more open looks, ultimately resulting in more victories. Funny how that stuff works.

 

The Timberwolves got 20 Pts on an extremely efficient (8-12 FG) shooting night from Andrew Wiggins aka Maple Jordon. Jimmy and KAT did their respective things. Gorgui Dieng and Jamal Crawford dropped 15 each to lead reserves. Crawford was able to add another four-point play to his résumé. Same shit, different day. The 18-year veteran now has fifty-one said plays in his career. That is by far the all time record. GOAT.

 

The Michael Jordan owned Hornets aren’t anything to write home about. Kemba Walker is a good, not great PG. Dwight Howard, despite being 3rd in rebounds this year, is a shell of his former self. Stan Van Gundy built that mid 2000’s Magic team around his All NBA Center. The big man rewarded SVG by leading Orlando to a NBA Finals appearance in 2009. Since then Dwight is more known for wasting Kobe’s time and hitting the clubs, rather than his on the court accomplishments.

 

It didn’t hurt that Charlotte’s third most known player, Nicolas Batum, was inactive. The French born athlete is dealing with an elbow injury. With or without Batum, I see the Hornets missing the playoffs in the East.

 

A lot of the Wisconsinites were tuned in last night to watch Frank Kaminsky. They witnessed the former AP Player of the Year for the Badgers register twenty-five forgetful minutes. After posting a garbage -31 line, I once again found myself questioning that draft pick. Nothing against Kaminsky and I know the Gophers haven’t produced anyone like that recently….BUT, 9th overall?!? Reaching on him over the likes of Devin Booker and Myles Turner was/is a head scratcher. What are you doing, MJ? That’s unlike you. Outside of running this team, anything you touch belongs in the Smithsonian.

 

That’s it from me. We now turn it over to Jimmy Butler to wrap things up. Talk to us Jimmy:

Big Three: Wiggins (20 Pts, 3 Reb), Butler (13 Pts, 6 Reb), Towns (16 Pts, 9 Reb)

 

Next Game: Wednesday @ Golden State. 9PM CST. ESPN.

 

Juan Gorham

 

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