BOS at MIN, 1/21/98

BOS at MIN, 1/21/98

Post by James Felix Bla » Thu, 22 Jan 1998 04:00:00


An excellent game, at least from this T-Wolves fan.  Some points I'd like
to share:

1. Major, major props to Rick Pitino for starting John Thomas in front of
his college crowd.  I don't know if Thomas is the Celcats starting center
these days or not, but this gesture proves Pitino is a class act.
Everyone in my row (220 L) stood up and cheered the former Gopher
everytime he touched the ball.

2. The Wolves scorer has to learn the difference between Celtics 0
(McCar[dt]y) and Celtics 00 (The Chief.)  I half expected a mean looking
karate chop to the neck of Tom Hammonds, which brings us to point number
three ...

3. Tom Hammonds is the bomb.  I've been a big fan of his for years, and
when the Wolves picked him up out of nowhere, I swore that he'd turn
heads.  Now that he's in shape, and has learned the offense, he gives the
Woofies something that they've lacked since losing Garrett -- an inside
presence that doesn't tire out 15 seconds into a game, or throw up
weak-ass little pump fakes.

4. Antoine Walker is even more the bomb.  ~30 points, 14rbs, 6asst (these
numbers are from memory, but should be close.)  He's the class of his
draft year, no doubt about that.  He showed all his tools tonight; blowing
past slower defenders, making absolutely jaw-dropping nifty passes,
sucking every damn rebound in his vicinity.  He is a true pleasure to
watch.  He made Gugliotta look stoopid at times on offense.

5. I feared going into this game that the Celcats insane pressure would
kill the Wolves; but they handled it with aplomb.  I suppose it helps when
you can play Terry Porter, Stephon, and KG at the same time; all knew how
to handle the press.  Gugliotta actually looked terrified of the defense
at times, which is unusual.  West and Hammonds (suprisingly) handled the
pressure better than Googs.

6. Doug West is as important to the chemistry of this T-Wolves squad as
anyone.  And he's not lost a step defensively.  They had best *not* trade
him.

7. It's a real shame we only play the Celcats twice a year; this has the
potential to be a hell of a good rivalry.

Seven wins in a row.  Color me impressed.  

One final thought: I love this T-Wolves squad, top-to-bottom.  I've even
developed a soft spot for the previously-detested Cherokee Parks.
Everyone tries; nobody dogs games.  Now, all they need is more beef ...

JFB, who won't comment on how his other favorite team is doing, given how
D*nyell Marshall is currently their best player ...

--

"I had been there before, and I remembered it well.  Chicago -- this
vicious, stinking zoo, this mean-grinning, Mace-smelling boneyard of
a city; an elegant rockpile monument to everything cruel and stupid
and corrupt in the human spirit." -- Hunter S. Thompson

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BOS at MIN, 1/21/98

Post by Kim Ma » Fri, 23 Jan 1998 04:00:00


Quote:
>An excellent game, at least from this T-Wolves fan.  Some points I'd like
>to share:
>1. Major, major props to Rick Pitino for starting John Thomas in front of
>his college crowd.  I don't know if Thomas is the Celcats starting center
>these days or not, but this gesture proves Pitino is a class act.
>Everyone in my row (220 L) stood up and cheered the former Gopher
>everytime he touched the ball.

The Ricktator, as master motivator, would be very aware of this sort
of thing, but in fairness to Thomas, it should also be said that he's
earned the shot. Travis looked better in this game than he has over
the past month or so, with a couple nice blocks, putbacks,etc.
However, he's not shown well on the whole, really since late Nov. But
Thomas has shown increasingly solid play, hustle and some nice
basketball sense in his last few games.
<snip>

Quote:
>7. It's a real shame we only play the Celcats twice a year; this has the
>potential to be a hell of a good rivalry.

Yeah, you're a few steps ahead of us talentwise, but two young,
hustling, on the rise teams , not to mention the McHale connection -
you're right.

-Kim

"From far, from eve and morning
 And yon twelve winded sky
 The stuff of life to knit me
 Blew hither, here am I"  
   -A. E. Housman

 
 
 

BOS at MIN, 1/21/98

Post by Kilgore Trou » Sat, 24 Jan 1998 04:00:00

Quote:

>An excellent game, at least from this T-Wolves fan.  Some points I'd like
>to share:

Snip

Quote:
>3. Tom Hammonds is the bomb.  I've been a big fan of his for years, and
>when the Wolves picked him up out of nowhere, I swore that he'd turn
>heads.  Now that he's in shape, and has learned the offense, he gives the
>Woofies something that they've lacked since losing Garrett -- an inside
>presence that doesn't tire out 15 seconds into a game, or throw up
>weak-ass little pump fakes.

Agreed, Hammonds gives Wolves fearless scapper in middle.  Rodmanesque
rebounding, without the quirks. :)

Quote:
>4. Antoine Walker is even more the bomb.  ~30 points, 14rbs, 6asst (these
>numbers are from memory, but should be close.)  He's the class of his
>draft year, no doubt about that.  He showed all his tools tonight; blowing
>past slower defenders, making absolutely jaw-dropping nifty passes,
>sucking every damn rebound in his vicinity.  He is a true pleasure to
>watch.  He made Gugliotta look stoopid at times on offense.

How can you say this without mentioning the move he made from the right side
past Cherokee Parks.  It was so good, even Antoine had to shimmy at the end.

Quote:
>5. I feared going into this game that the Celcats insane pressure would
>kill the Wolves; but they handled it with aplomb.  I suppose it helps when
>you can play Terry Porter, Stephon, and KG at the same time; all knew how
>to handle the press.  Gugliotta actually looked terrified of the defense
>at times, which is unusual.  West and Hammonds (suprisingly) handled the
>pressure better than Googs.

I think this proved the Wolves as a group learned from the last time in the
Garden,
or what ever they call the new place.  This is an encouraging sign.  The
seemed
to concentrate on breaking the press, and it doesn't hurt to heave the ball
straight up
and have KG go get it.  I think after awhile the press worked against the
Celts.

6. Doug West is as important to the chemistry of this T-Wolves squad as

Quote:
>anyone.  And he's not lost a step defensively.  They had best *not* trade
>him.

Agreed, it was nice to see Doug break away to the basket a few times, and
when the
woves need a stop, having him and KG on the floor at the same time, is a
very good
defensive combo.   Doug still has the legs, the heart, and the head to play
great defense
on almost any player in this league.

Quote:
>7. It's a real shame we only play the Celcats twice a year; this has the
>potential to be a hell of a good rivalry.

Who knows who will be playing anywhere.  These teams match up well this
year, but
Walker will probably be playing in Chicago next year for a retread coach,
not Jackson.
But this change, providing the Wolves keep the Big 3 together, boads well
for the Wolves.

Quote:

>Seven wins in a row.  Color me impressed.

>One final thought: I love this T-Wolves squad, top-to-bottom.  I've even
>developed a soft spot for the previously-detested Cherokee Parks.
>Everyone tries; nobody dogs games.  Now, all they need is more beef ...

Chris Carr and Parks are our *** boys, but you can't fault there
effort, only the results sometimes.

Quote:
>JFB, who won't comment on how his other favorite team is doing, given how
>D*nyell Marshall is currently their best player ...

>--

>"I had been there before, and I remembered it well.  Chicago -- this
>vicious, stinking zoo, this mean-grinning, Mace-smelling boneyard of
>a city; an elegant rockpile monument to everything cruel and stupid
>and corrupt in the human spirit." -- Hunter S. Thompson

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Post by Chad B. Tren » Sat, 24 Jan 1998 04:00:00

a few thoughts.......

3) Tom Hammonds is the bomb.  Hammonds has been an excellent player off the
bench and his wide body definitely improves rebounding on a T-Wolves team
that was considered soft inside.

4) Antoine Walker is even more the bomb?  Well, Antoine Walker is one of
the best players in the league, but somebody should realize the guy is
barely shooting over 40% from the field and he is a power forward!  His
rebounding, steals, assists, and ball hawking on the press are impressive,
but some of that has to do with the guy playing so many minutes( 3rd in the
NBA?).  I'm sure a lot of what I'm getting at is because he plays for a
young Celtic team where he handles the ball just about every offensive
possession.  And jaw-dropping passes and blowing by defenders reminds me of
a couple of other guys from that draft- Marbury and Iverson they're
breaking ankles and spraining necks every night out.

5) The T-wolves did handle the press much better this time around, but when
a team presses like the Celtics you have to make them pay with easy baskets
at the other end- I didn't see any, but they won and that's all that
counts.

6) Doug West.  Doug is a good role player, but lets remember that when he
was out the Wolves didn't miss him too much.  And the thing that gets me
more irritated than anything is when people talk about how great of a
defensive player he is, are you watching the game?  Doug is a decent
defender who is great at stepping in and taking charges, that's it!  I
can't even begin to count the number of time West has been lit up on the
defense, he is NOT a great defender! Yes, he is better than Carr (who is
poor on defense) and has more size than Porter, but if you look at the box
score after the game when West has started and played significant minutes
the opposing 2 guard almost always has great offensive stats.

7) The Wolves, Celtics, and Lakers.  The best of the "Young Teams".



Quote:


> >An excellent game, at least from this T-Wolves fan.  Some points I'd
like
> >to share:

> Snip

> >3. Tom Hammonds is the bomb.  I've been a big fan of his for years, and
> >when the Wolves picked him up out of nowhere, I swore that he'd turn
> >heads.  Now that he's in shape, and has learned the offense, he gives
the
> >Woofies something that they've lacked since losing Garrett -- an inside
> >presence that doesn't tire out 15 seconds into a game, or throw up
> >weak-ass little pump fakes.

> Agreed, Hammonds gives Wolves fearless scapper in middle.  Rodmanesque
> rebounding, without the quirks. :)

> >4. Antoine Walker is even more the bomb.  ~30 points, 14rbs, 6asst
(these
> >numbers are from memory, but should be close.)  He's the class of his
> >draft year, no doubt about that.  He showed all his tools tonight;
blowing
> >past slower defenders, making absolutely jaw-dropping nifty passes,
> >sucking every damn rebound in his vicinity.  He is a true pleasure to
> >watch.  He made Gugliotta look stoopid at times on offense.

> How can you say this without mentioning the move he made from the right
side
> past Cherokee Parks.  It was so good, even Antoine had to shimmy at the
end.

> >5. I feared going into this game that the Celcats insane pressure would
> >kill the Wolves; but they handled it with aplomb.  I suppose it helps
when
> >you can play Terry Porter, Stephon, and KG at the same time; all knew
how
> >to handle the press.  Gugliotta actually looked terrified of the defense
> >at times, which is unusual.  West and Hammonds (suprisingly) handled the
> >pressure better than Googs.

> I think this proved the Wolves as a group learned from the last time in
the
> Garden,
> or what ever they call the new place.  This is an encouraging sign.  The
> seemed
> to concentrate on breaking the press, and it doesn't hurt to heave the
ball
> straight up
> and have KG go get it.  I think after awhile the press worked against the
> Celts.

> 6. Doug West is as important to the chemistry of this T-Wolves squad as
> >anyone.  And he's not lost a step defensively.  They had best *not*
trade
> >him.

> Agreed, it was nice to see Doug break away to the basket a few times, and
> when the
> woves need a stop, having him and KG on the floor at the same time, is a
> very good
> defensive combo.   Doug still has the legs, the heart, and the head to
play
> great defense
> on almost any player in this league.

> >7. It's a real shame we only play the Celcats twice a year; this has the
> >potential to be a hell of a good rivalry.