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    Default 2/19/2014 Game Thread #54: Pacers Vs. Timberwolves

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    Game Time Start: 8:00 PM ET
    Where: Target Center, Minneapolis, MN
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    Season Records: (W-L)
    41-12
    Away: 15-9
    West: 15-6
    25-28
    Home: 15-11
    East: 12-7
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    Projected Starting Lineup:
    HIBBERT
    WEST
    GEORGE
    STEPHENSON
    HILL
    Projected Starting Lineup:
    TURIAF
    LOVE
    BREWER
    BUDINGER
    RUBIO



    PACERS
    Andrew Bynum - stuck X button (out) [H/T Richard_Skull]


    TIMBERWOLVES
    Kevin Martin - fractured left thumb (out)
    Nikola Pekovic - bursitis, right ankle (out)


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    The Minnesota professional basketball franchise has been
    kicking around for 25 seasons. In that time, a grand total
    of 197 players have worn a Timberwolves' jersey. How
    many Hall of Famers have been featured on their rosters?

    A. 0
    B. 1
    C. 2
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    A Wolf Among Wolves:
    William Bohl: The Isolation Blues

    There are many reasons why the Minnesota Timberwolves have underachieved thus far,
    leaving them mired six games out of the West’s final playoff spot, sporting a 25-28
    record that doesn’t jive with their solid point differential. Some of the problems were
    expected – the Wolves struggle to generate stops late in close games, but they weren’t
    built to be a defensive juggernaut in the first place. Health has been a problem for both
    Kevin Martin and Nikola Pekovic – but a perusal of their injury histories indicates such
    a thing was likely to happen at some point in the season.

    Some of Minnesota’s problems are complete surprises. The healthy returns of Kevin
    Love and Chase Budinger, as well as the free agent acquisition of Kevin Martin, led
    many observers to predict a dramatic improvement on both the Wolves’ 3 point and
    effective field goal percentages; instead, the team’s 3 point success rate has only
    improved from dead last in 2012-13 to 25th this season, and their eFG% is just .006
    higher than it was last year, despite vastly improved personnel. Though the point’s
    been thoroughly discussed (and enumerated, nicely, by our own Zach Harper) I’d be
    remiss if I didn’t at least mention the Timberwolves’ 1-12 record in games decided by
    4 points or fewer – a factoid that will encapsulate the enduring legacy of this team,
    unless they drastically reverse course down the stretch.

    For many forlorn fans, hope of witnessing a postseason berth for the first time in a
    decade is flickering in the wind. The brunt of their displeasure, if social media is any
    indication, is borne by J.J. Barea. Signed to a 4 year, $19 million deal during the 2011
    post-lockout free agent frenzy, the Timberwolves’ brass hoped the diminutive Puerto
    Rican could be an energy guy off the bench, as well as (somewhat of a) culture-
    changer. Having played a role in Dallas’ title run, Barea brought instant ring credibility
    to a locker room full of guys who hadn’t experienced much winning at the NBA level.
    In a moment of refreshing candor, he spelled out the Wolves’ problems at the end of
    his first season with the team
    . Whether his comments were a diagnosis or common
    knowledge, wholesale changes were made that summer.

    Fast forward to now, and any goodwill Barea engendered early appears to have
    evaporated. Looking strictly at the numbers, it’s difficult to pinpoint why; his per-36
    minute statistics are right on par with
    his career averages. It’s all about the eye test
    with Barea – he runs the point for the Wolves’ second unit, and for the first unit when
    Ricky Rubio finds himself in early foul trouble (which happens more often than you’d
    think). Since he’s a streaky shooter (and decision-maker), Rick Adelman is often
    tempted to leave Barea in games far longer than he probably should, when things are
    going well. His hot streaks can carry the entire team’s offense, but his cold streaks
    are painful to watch, a litany of ill-advised kamikaze missions to the rim, circular
    dribbling, and isolation jumpers.

    Nowhere are Barea’s faults highlighted more vividly than at the ends of quarters.
    When the Wolves gain possession with fewer than 35 seconds left in a quarter, it’s a
    safe bet that they’ll hold for one attempt at the end of the shot clock – common
    practice in the NBA. The strategy is sound – the Wolves’ transition defense leaves a
    lot to be desired...CONTINUE READING A WOLF AMONG WOLVES


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    Default Re: 2/19/2014 Game Thread #54: Pacers Vs. Timberwolves

    With Pekovich out, hope we go early to the Big Wall of Hibbert and make them double, openning things for everyone else. Hope West can slow Love and Hill will have his hands full with Rubio.

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    Im disappointed in how bad Rubio has looked this season. I was a fan of his a couple years ago. The Wolves can beat anyone though with a guy like Love, especially on their home court. Unfortunately for Love, he is pretty much their entire team

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    Default Re: 2/19/2014 Game Thread #54: Pacers Vs. Timberwolves

    Avery Johnson thinks Danny Granger is the key for the Pacers chances...

    Interesting.
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    Too bad we're playing the Wolves with so many injuries. No Pekovic, no Martin. I know we beat them earlier in the season with their whole squad, but damn.

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    This Wolves crowd is DEAD

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    Avery Johnson thinks Danny Granger is the key for the Pacers chances...

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    Default Re: 2/19/2014 Game Thread #54: Pacers Vs. Timberwolves

    Wow we look so bad right off the bat lol. Looking like another slow start so far (Obviously it's way too early to tell)

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    Default Re: 2/19/2014 Game Thread #54: Pacers Vs. Timberwolves

    Roy Hibbert Should have not been an all-star....

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    Train wreck again with the turnovers.
    You **** up once, you lose two teeth

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    Default Re: 2/19/2014 Game Thread #54: Pacers Vs. Timberwolves

    Did we run a marathon earlier in the day or something?
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    Hibbert is so SOFT!

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    4 TO's in 4 min. Not a good trend.

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    I can't believe how dumb our players are. Back to dribbling into traffic. No one going to off. boards. Throwing a bad pass to Roy while he's moving. HE'S NEVER GOING TO CATCH THAT!!!! Such a lack of respect for the opponent.

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    Hibbert is so SOFT!
    But he mouthed off about stopping the Heat's streak of championships. How could you do that?

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    PG please take over

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    Default Re: 2/19/2014 Game Thread #54: Pacers Vs. Timberwolves

    really ESPN? That's the replay you show?! I just want to see where the foul was lol

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    Default Re: 2/19/2014 Game Thread #54: Pacers Vs. Timberwolves

    Man, Love is so mobile for a big guy.
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    Default Re: 2/19/2014 Game Thread #54: Pacers Vs. Timberwolves

    DWest definitely wanted out of the game because his two fouls were unbelievably dumb.

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    Default Re: 2/19/2014 Game Thread #54: Pacers Vs. Timberwolves

    I'd like to see the bench start a little early when the starters play like this.

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    Default Re: 2/19/2014 Game Thread #54: Pacers Vs. Timberwolves

    Lance should be done shooting for the night lol! :P

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    We look like ****.

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    Default Re: 2/19/2014 Game Thread #54: Pacers Vs. Timberwolves

    I can only laugh at how excited Brewer gets about free points.

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