Tom Thibodeau is a terrible coach and Minnesota should fire him

So a lot of trade rumors involving Karl-Anthony Towns have been floating around the land of the #AllEyesNorth hashtag on Twitter, and this got me thinking about the bigger problems with the franchise. So I went to Basketball Reference looking for answers, and..well… 30th in three-point attempts per game AND in three-point attempt rate (percentage of overall shot attempts which are threes.) Fourth in offensive rebound percentage but 24th in defensive rebound percentage. My gods. Tom Thibodeau has Scott-Hollins Syndrome. Worse still, a coach who built a reputation as a defensive “mastermind” has consistently presided over one of the worst …

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2018 NBA Playoff Tiebreak Scenarios: Last Day of the Season!

Wednesday night, the NBA tips off a slate of games to close out the regular season. The playoffs are finally upon us. And the standings, especially in the Western Conference? They’re still a hot mess, with every slot from 3 through 9 up for grabs. Only the Rockets and Warriors are locked into their seed; everyone else is fighting for position. Meanwhile, things are a bit quieter in the East, where the Raptors (1), Celtics (2), and Pacers (5) are locked into their seeds, while Philly and Cleveland are fighting for 3 and 4 and the Wizards, Heat, and Bucks …

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Sorting Out 2018 NBA West Playoffs Tiebreakers, Part 2

We’ve got one major set of playoff scenarios left in the Western Conference. Part 1 of the West covered the current 3 through 8 seeds, but we’re going to keep things simple in the second part. Why? Well, besides the fact that we covered just about every plausible scenario involving the Thunder, Pelicans, Spurs, Timberwolves, and Jazz in one go? If we add in the Clippers and/or Nuggets, all the who-beats-whom just basically reverts back to stuff we’ve already covered. So with that in mind, we’re going to restrict this to… WEST 7 Through 10 (Minnesota, Utah, LA Clippers, and …

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Sorting Out 2018 NBA West Playoffs Tiebreakers, Part 1

Welcome back to our efforts to sort out the giant NBA car crash that is the playoff race and all the potential tiebreakers. I’m trying to make this as complete as possible while also making it plausible. Sadly, when Damian Lillard, C.J. McCollum, and the Trail Blazers lost to the Grizzlies on Wednesday, what was already a mess with seven teams all alive to go anywhere from fourth through tenth just became six teams within four games of each other from three through eight. The East at least had two distinct groups around a common linchpin—the Cavs-Sixers-Pacers 3-4-5 race and …

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Andrew Wiggins Is Killing the Timberwolves

Andrew Wiggins is reportedly angry about his role in Minnesota’s offense, playing third fiddle behind Karl-Anthony Towns and Jimmy Butler in Tom Thibodeau’s surprisingly successful (40-29 and the six seed in the West through games of March 13) scheme. According to Darren Wolfson of KSTP, Wiggins has been whispering to teammates, a carcinoma in situ for the Wolves’ clubhouse that could metastasize into a full-blown clubhouse cancer if something is not done. So something should be done. Surgery. The Minnesota Timberwolves need to trade or release Andrew Wiggins, because he sucks. Earlier this season, we examined just how bad Wiggins …

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Breakfast Special: Let All-Star Weekend Begin!

The time has at last come for that glorious celebration of basketball we call the All-Star break, where the Rising Stars go at it on Friday, the highest flyers and most spectacular practitioners of the good old-fashioned posterization go at it in the Dunk Contest on Saturday, and then the league tests the practical limits of the scoreboard as defense goes out the window for the actual All-Star Game on Sunday. But first, we’ve got some odds and ends to wrap up, namely games that managed to have playoff implications in both conferences, as three of the four participants in …

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Breakfast Special: LeBron James Stars In “L’Etat, C’est Moi”

LeBron James IS the Cleveland Cavaliers, and if anyone doubted that, the King used an overtime stage against the Minnesota Timberwolves to go right ahead and prove to the world and remind his teammates that he is the guy for whom, to steal a line from Winston Churchill, “never has so much been owed by so many to so few.” As in one. The GOAT. LeBron Raymone James. Bron had 37 points, 15 assists, 10 rebounds, a 16-of-22 shooting performance, the Cavaliers finally followed him into the valley of death to the tune of 59.1 percent shooting, 21-of-41 from three… …

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Breakfast Special: Boogie Cousins 44, Jason Kidd 0

C’mon, DeMarcus Cousins. There ought to be an NBA rule; if I can’t do something with a player in NBA 2K18, he’s got no business doing it in real life. And 44 points, 24 rebounds, and 10 assists? No way. That is a 2K impossibility. Let’s just stop to consider that nobody had done a 40/20/10 in my lifetime… DeMarcus Cousins tallied 44 PTS, 24 REBS & 10 ASTS in the @PelicansNBA win tonight. The last player in @NBAHistory to put up at least 40 PTS/20 REBS/10 ASTS in a game was Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on 2/26/1972 (44 PTS, 20 REBS, …

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Breakfast Special: HEAT Culture

Four games on Sunday marked a bit of a breather for the NBA before its big 11-game slate on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. All four had some flavor of playoff implications for the teams involved, even if a bit indirectly in two cases. We begin in Miami, where the Heat smacked the Bucks 97-79 in a defensive showcase that included holding Milwaukee to 31.6 percent (25-of-79) from the field and an astounding 4-of-28 (14.3 percent!) from three. You really don’t even need to play well on offense to beat that, but Miami nonetheless shot 46.1 percent (35-of-76) and 11-of-29 …

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NBA Breakfast Special: Memphis Grizzlies Start Collapse Early

The Memphis Grizzlies, rather than collapse down the stretch in March and April and limp into the playoffs as a sacrificial lamb to a much better team, have decided instead this year to have everything go to hell before the holiday shopping season’s even gotten started. Memphis lost at home to the Brooklyn Nets 98-88, giving the teams identical 7-12 records. Thing is, Memphis got there by losing eight in a row after starting 7-4; Brooklyn’s just always been lousy, as they’ve been ever since they mortgaged the future on an over-the-hill Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, which ought to …

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