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    Minnesota Timberwolves Game Thread: New York Knicks @ Minnesota Timberwolves 8:00 pm 11/30/2016 [Game#18]





    (8-9) -- (5-12)

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    New York Knicks Minnesota Timberwolves
    Lance Thomas - Sore Left Ankle (OUT) Shabazz Muhammad - Sore right knee (TBD)
    - Nikola Pekovic - Recurring pain in right ankle (OUT)
    - Brandon Rush - Sprained right big toe (OUT)
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    The Minnesota Timberwolves need to find a way to right the ship after once again failing to close out a game, the latest instance coming Monday against the Utah Jazz.

    They'll have two straight chances against the New York Knicks to do so. Minnesota hosts New York on Wednesday at Target Center before traveling to Madison Square Garden for another game against the Knicks on Friday.

    Coach Tom Thibodeau was not pleased after his team's latest performance, a 113-103 loss to the Jazz in which Minnesota took a lead in the fourth before letting the game get away.

    In several instances this season, the third quarter has been Minnesota's Achilles heel. In the loss to Utah, the fourth quarter was the undoing for the Timberwolves (5-12).

    "We came back in the second half, had the lead in the fourth quarter. Then we didn't do the things that are necessary to win," Thibodeau told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "So it's getting a pick-and-roll, walking out a man. It's passing up a good shot to get a great shot, sprinting back every time."

    The Knicks (8-9) are on a two-game skid of their own after winning five of six.

    The latest loss was a 112-103 defeat at the hands of Oklahoma City on Monday in New York. Derrick Rose's 30-point effort wasn't enough as New York was on the wrong end of Russell Westbrook's triple-double.

    "That 30 don't mean anything when we lose," Rose told the New York Times. "And the way that we lost, there wasn't any grit. There wasn't any grind. Can't come out and play like that, period."

    Rose and teammate Joakim Noah will see a familiar face on the Minnesota sideline Wednesday night as their previous coach in Chicago is now in his first year as the bench boss of the Timberwolves.

    "We've been through a lot together," Thibodeau told the Star Tribune. "I'm glad to see them doing well. ... I think New York is an ideal situation. I'm happy for them. I won't be happy for them (Wednesday). But they're good guys."

    Noah and Co. will need to do a better job on the glass Wednesday than the Knicks did on Monday. New York was outrebounded 53-40 by the Thunder. Noah had just three boards.

    Through 17 games this year, the Knicks have been one of the 10 best rebounding teams in the NBA. They now go up against a Timberwolves team that has been one of the worst.

    "I want to play better, obviously," Noah told the New York Post. "I know personally I have to play better for this team to get to where we want to get to."

    Minnesota's young core of players is finding out the hard way what it takes to win -- or, in their case, lose -- close games. Four of the Wolves' last five losses have been by four points or less, adding to the growing pains of youngsters Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins and Zach LaVine.

    "Everyone's frustrated," Wiggins told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "It's not fun to lose."

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    thread looks good!
    obviously thibs has briefed his players on how best to defend rose and make noah's life as uncomfortable as possible. let's see how they respond. maybe this is a series of games that helps noah rekindle his hustle fire.
    let's get it!

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    Good thread

    I def wanna see the Porzingis-Towns matchup. I haven't seen KAT's style of play aside from a couple highlights, so I will be looking forward to seeing how he goes up against KP
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    For some reason I didn't think the timberwolves were this bad lol
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    Hard to believe the TWolves are the betting favorite in this game, which tells you this won't be a laugher for the Knicks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KNICKSTAPE NATION View Post
    For some reason I didn't think the timberwolves were this bad lol
    I didnt know the Timberwolves were doing so bad (5-12) till i read the Game Thread ...
    Great Game-Thread Rady .. Wow! I thought Thibs were going to take the Wolves to a winning season n playoff run .. I also thought Thibs were going to call FA Noah over the summer to sign with the Timberwolves .. i was shocked by Noah signing with the Knicks .. $72M for 4 years, it must be the money $$$

    Heck No! i dont want no-part of Rubio in NY .. Rose n Jennings should score 20 pts a piece on Rubio tonite.
    However .. I wonder will our ISO-Melo let us win both these games vs the Timberwolves ???

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    Quote Originally Posted by KNICKSTAPE NATION View Post
    Good thread

    I def wanna see the Porzingis-Towns matchup. I haven't seen KAT's style of play aside from a couple highlights, so I will be looking forward to seeing how he goes up against KP
    He's shooting over 40% from 3 and his post game is better than KP's. Wiggins is also shooting 40% from 3, really surprised the Wolves have the record they have with their 2 young guns shooting so well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tiger0330 View Post
    He's shooting over 40% from 3 and his post game is better than KP's. Wiggins is also shooting 40% from 3, really surprised the Wolves have the record they have with their 2 young guns shooting so well.
    Rubio average 30 minute of playing time per game!

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    Noah not playing tonight, we should get back to .500

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    PORZINGIS with the block getting even with Mohammed!


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    58-49 Knicks at the half. Lost Clee for the rest of the game with a sprained ankle. Quinn started for Noah who has a sprained ankle also.

    Melo looking very subdued not taking a shot the first 10 mins. Looks like he took the ISO Melo criticism seriously.

    KP having a nice game with 16 pts but nothing like KAT is having with 26 pts on 10-11.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiyaman View Post
    Heck No! i dont want no-part of Rubio in NY .. Rose n Jennings should score 20 pts a piece on Rubio tonite.
    However .. I wonder will our ISO-Melo let us win both these games vs the Timberwolves ???
    Rubio one of the reasons the Wolves are losing. 6 years in the league and he still can't shoot. The Knicks bench also big outscoring them 19-5.

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    Wolves cut the lead to 2 early 3rd but Melo and KP with back to back 3's to get the lead back to 8.

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    DRose goes out with 4 fouls mid 3rd. Fouling still a Knick problem with the Wolves taking 25FTs to the Knicks 8. Knicks are already in the penalty middle of the 3rd, Wolves scoring almost all their points from the line in the 3rd.

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    Thibs reminds me of Jeff Vandummy a defensive assistant that got promoted to head coach and inherited veteran rosters to pad their winning pct in the NBA

    Thibs is getting exposed with the babywolves and Vandummy got exposed in Houston and hasn't coached since..

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