Wolves Updates 2/23

Wolves Updates 2/23

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Wolves Updates 2/23



Click here for the forum’s thread for tonight’s game at Miami
Game previews:
But if you look at Popcorn Machine’s Gameflow, you can see that Minnesota’s best runs of the game came — perhaps for a reason, but very possibly coincidentally, every time Jefferson sat down. Does that mean Jefferson is a terrible player? Absolutely not. In fact, it’s possible he was tremendous even last night, but something about the team dynamic wasn’t working when he was in there. But to me it also means that if you’re trying to understand Jefferson as a player, you’d be smart to watch his minutes from last night — because something was happening.
From Phil Miller/Star Tribune: Brisk networking night is far from a loss for Wolves
“The future of sportscasting may not look exactly like that, but it will look more like [Sunday] night than what’s been broadcast in the past,” predicted Johnson, whose team website puts interactive links front and center to a greater extent than most. “People’s expectations are changing. Social networking has become the tool for instant communication with your friends, and fans want that same connection with their teams.”

And if Sunday’s numbers are any indication, they want it this very second, if not sooner. The game with the Thunder wasn’t on the team’s original TV schedule, and the Wolves didn’t announce their plans — they had to line up a sponsor, Verizon Wireless, for a commercial-free telecast in order to make room for all the extra features — until three days before the broadcast.

Yet despite competing with the U.S.-Canada Olympic hockey game, the Wolves reached their average TV audience, tripled their normal website traffic and amassed nearly 2,500 online comments, text messages and tweets.

On Monday, newly acquired Darko Milicic was upright and looked fine after he surprisingly played 19 minutes and was a plus-35 — the highest plus-minus rating by a Wolves player since Kevin Garnett and Trenton Hassell were a plus-36 in the same game five seasons ago — in his Wolves debut.

“He’s feeling good,” Wolves coach Kurt Rambis said. “He’s looking good.”

While most of the Wolves players bolted for the bus after practice ended, Jonny Flynn and Al Jefferson — a minus-37 on Sunday, only 72 points away from Milicic’s plus-35 — stayed late for a little work. Jefferson was out on the court talking for several minutes with Rambis and assistant coach Dave Wohl.

From J. Michael FalgoustUSA Today: 20-second timeout with Timberwolves rookie Jonny Flynn
By today’s NBA standards, you’re considered small for a point guard at 6 feet: “There’s advantages being a smaller guy. You can sneak up behind bigs and get steals. It’s a disadvantage when you’re playing against Tyreke Evans (of the Sacramento Kings), who can post you up every trip down the court. Deron Williams (of the Utah Jazz) can post you up.

“I like being a small guy. You can blend in with everybody. You’re not 7 foot. Everybody doesn’t know who you are. … The only time height matters is if it’s a half-court game.”
VIDEO: Fred Hoiberg talks NBA D-League, Nathan Jawai
Jawai spent the weekend playing for the Sioux Falls Skyforce but was recalled by the Timberwolves yesterday.

He returned in time for morning shootaround but was not used in the Wolves’ 109-107 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder in Minneapolis, remaining on the inactive list.

Coach Kurt Rambis called Jawai’s six-point, three-rebound average in two games with the Skyforce against the Dakota Wizards “less than stellar”.
From Chris Newmarker/Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal:
To boost attendance next year, the Timberwolves in March are cutting season ticket prices in half for 2010-11.

David Kahn, the NBA team’s president of basketball operations, told fans in a letter that the team is facing a “proverbial chicken-and-egg problem”: The Timberwolves need big Target Center crowds to win, but it needs to start winning to attract the crowds. This season, the team’s record is 13 wins and 44 losses, the second-worst in the NBA.
During the month of March, the Wolves will cut their 2010-11 season ticket prices by up to 50 percent in the arena’s lower level.

President of basketball operations David Kahn also wrote a letter to fans, seeking their support. The team printed it as part of a full-page ad on the back of the sports section in Monday’s Star Tribune newspaper.

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