- Games to date
- Upcoming games predictions
- Clean the Glass Stats
- Eric Bledsoe
- Effort (⅔ losses were because of lack of effort)
- Defensive issues
- Haven’t lost a game that was close yet
- 5-0 in games decided by 6pt or fewer
- Haven’t lost a game that was close yet
- Updated record predictions (if any)
- I’m sticking with my number and each week I plan to write a here’s what needs to happen to get to 59 column until it’s mathematically impossible.
- Early season surprise teams and players
- We ended by looking at potential wing-depth to add
- Fun trades like where’s AD going to end up
The New Target Center!
It was my first chance to see the new look Timberwolves. I was really excited. I was able to secure a couple of free tickets thanks to an insider. Target Center looks great! It no longer looks like a giant concrete slab. The inside has gone extensive changes as well. There was a new entrance with lots of white marble floors. The ticketing area is off to the side more which takes away the congestion of getting into the arena which is nice. Also, the place you can your ticket to get is also much smoother and less congested.
As we headed into the arena, the first thing I noticed is that the concourses seem bigger. The other thing I noticed is how many people that work for the Wolves are in the concourse available to help. It was actually a little odd. But I get it, new arena and new players to the team. They are trying to be proactive with the fan experience which I appreciate. Our seats (I was with my buddy Aaron) were in the corner in the lower bowl. Sight lines were good and the new seats were comfortable. All in all, new Target Center is a vast improvement over the old one. Stay tuned for further reviews as I get a tour and explore the arena more.
The Actual Game
To put it simply, the Wolves looked good. Every facet of the game looked crisp. This was one of those nights where no player dominated offensively. It was a true team effort. Guys were getting buckets from corner 3s, layups, drives to the baskets, dunks, and the occasional 15 foot jumper. I liked how Jeff Teague was getting guys involved early. He had 7 assists in the 1st quarter alone. But then in the second quarter and into the second half he asserted himself. He got his points at the rim and from long range. I think in particular, Gorgui Dieng had a really solid game overall. Charlotte has decent bigs and he was able to get the hard point in the point. He was also solid at free throw line. All in all, a fun game to watch. The new look Wolves are going to have a great season!
Just so everyone knows, I finally caught a t-shirt that was thrown into the crown. It literally went right to me. It was a momentous occasion to be sure. BUT, I was really nice and gave it to a kid that was sitting next to me. He looked really happy. I told him once he’s as big as me, that he has to catch one and give it away. He and his dad laughed. Essentially it was like the Mean Joe Greene Coke commercial. All in all, excellent.
I’m editing our latest podcast right now. The Wolves are taking down the Mavs right now. In the pod we said it should be a shit stomping with the starters getting pine in the 4th. RIght now it’s looking like an early pine night. The wolves are up around 20 and have been since the middle of the 3rd.
KAT has completely rebound from the Pelicans game. He’s already sitting on a double-double at the start of the 4th. The story has been more on the defensive side of the ball. This is what Butler is going to become my favorite TWolf by the end of the year if he isn’t already. Dude can have an off night offensively but if he can set the tone to shut down the opposition it doesn’t really matter.
One of the things John and I hit in the pod is adding to the Wolves wing depth via a trade at some point in the season. The big issue is matching contracts. During these gamers I’ll take note of guys that would look good in a Wolves uni and then once a week I’ll follow-up and see if any of the guys we’ve seen recently would actually be something we could swing.
One of the dudes we mentioned in the pod was Wes Mathews. It won’t work contract-wise unless you really get after it. I don’t know if Wes wants to come off the bench. If those two things I don’t think are happening, do happen Wes would look amazing with the Tyus/Crawford/Bjelly line. Otherwise, man its clear why Dallas sucks. The lack of quality depth on the bench is why they can’t be trusted.
The wolves are letting the Mavs back into the game. Letting teams back in is clearly an issue so far this season. Dennis Smith Jr is going to be really good. No freaking clue what the defense has been doing in the 4th quarter. J Pete is pointing out over and over how communication is just not happing on the court right now. With a few defensive possessions, 13 point game quickly comes back to 20. They haven’t ice it cause two quick misses and a Mavs three has it back to 14. The clear-path rule is dumb. Buckets has Kleber beat but because he hasn’t made it across the timeline yet it wasn’t clear-path. Just a side-out. Buckets has an easy dunk and two steps later it’s the ball and shots. This is why dudes commit that foul.
Wolves win but they played the starters too deep. Not cause Thibs was being Thibs because they just didn’t close it out early in the fourth. The game-flow in the 4th was decidedly Mavs 30-19. The Mavs were just too far buried to pull it out. This has more to say about what and who the Mavs are now then how the Wolves are playing.
There were positives throughout. Namely when the Wolves still won a game that they were supposed to win.
The Astros won the world series last night and maybe one of us will write up some thoughts on that later.
Here’s the big deal. MLB Trade Rumors Top 50 FA list is out!
Everyone needs to pour over this and decided what’s right and what’s wrong. Enjoy.
On a technical level the Wolves beat the Pelicans. I agree completely. Thanks to Jimmy Buckets the Wolves got another W.
Locally its on FSN
Ballin’ Oates started as a slow-pitch softball team. We’d be really goofing up if we didn’t saw yo everybody game 7 of the world series is tonight.
New Wolves season. New hype. Same old amount of time to attempt to watch games for me. I’ve got a 1.5 year old at home. She goes to bed early and wakes up early. I love basketball, sports in general, but I’m not missing out on moments with my daughter to catch games. Maybe here or there I’ll try to schedule our happenings so I can watch a game but I’m not missing bed time to see a tip-off and I’m not staying up real late for a west coast start cause I don’t need to be dragging anymore in the AM then I already do.
First Wolves POD 2017 – The prediction story
John and Jeff finally find some time to talk hoops. Its been like forever and a day. This coming Wolves season seems worth chatting about. Read More