Saturday, March 26, 2005

Minnesota Backwater

"Minnesota Backwater"
watercolor by Gail Johnson
Singing Colors Studio


At 3/26/2005 9:23 PM, Blogger Leslie Monteiro said...

Nice picture.

fright: If I can ask, what went wrong with the Timberwolves this year. I had them winning 72 games this year with a championship on top. Unfortunately, Flip lost his job and now they are not making the playoffs. I think Denver hangs on for the last playoff spot because I don't think the Wolves will run the table which they have to in order to get the last playoff spot. Wolves got a tough West Coast trip next week so running the table is not feasible.

You think Nate McMillan will be fired in Seattle along with Rick Sund? I wouldn't mind seeing both of them here.

BTW, I was at the Continental Arena seeing the Wolves play the Nets in NJ and it was awesome talking to Mark Madsen. He is a class act.

Take care and have a Happy Easter!

At 3/28/2005 3:38 PM, Blogger frightwig said...

I haven't followed the Wolves closely, but it seems to me that they've run into some expected problems when supporting KG with an aging Casell/Sprewell and no quality Center. The formula clicked pretty well for one year, but it's now obviously not a solid foundation for a longterm plan. But even if Sam and Spree had come back with fresh fire, could the Wolves have won the championship this year?

I dunno. It's hard to win it all in the NBA without a dominant force, or at least a good player, in the post. (It's a real tribute to Michael Jordan and Phil Jackson's system that the Bulls could win 6 titles with Pippen as MJ's wingman and guys like Cartwright and Longley at Center.) Strange as it seems to say of someone who averages 22 points and more than 13 boards a game, but I don't think KG himself is a dominant force in the paint. He's athletic, wiry, and works hard, but in crunch time can you pound the ball inside to him and expect to get either a bucket & a foul or a pass kicked out to an open shooter after he's drawn 3 defenders? I don't think so.

The Wolves probably could use a fresh spark at the guard position again, but I think they need a respectable threat to play the post if they'll ever win a ring with KG. Somebody who will score a dozen, crashes the boards all night to free up KG to get out on the wing, and in crunch time can draw at least enough attention down low to free up KG or a shooter to slide into an open spot or passing lane.

Larry Bird had Parrish and McHale down low, opening the floor for him to be more creative in doing his thing. Who's doing the same for KG?

At 3/30/2005 2:05 AM, Blogger Leslie Monteiro said...

Thanks for responding, fright.

KG had a very good supporting cast last year hence why the Timberwolves went very deep in the playoffs. This year is a different story and that's why the Wolves are fighting for their playoff lives. Latrell has been worthless for two years and Sammy has bee bad until now. Wally has been alright.

Age, injuries, lack of hard work, and lack of chemistry has killed the Timberwolves this season in my opinion.

As for post-up player, I think Eddie Griffin is pretty good. I just think he is too inconsistent. He will be a free agent this off-season and I wonder if the Wolves will fork up the money to sign him. I rather let him go because he is not worth the money.

At 3/30/2005 2:13 AM, Blogger Leslie Monteiro said...

Oh and as for KG, I wish he would stop shooting jumpers. With his height and his arms, he should be able to score from the paint and be in a position to average 22 Free Throws a night at least.

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