Timberwolves beat writer Jerry Zgoda joins Michael Rand every week to turn the marathon of an NBA season into a series of short sprints. The Wolves are worth talking about, and we hope you'll listen.
Jerry Zgoda and Michael Rand break down the Timberwolves' big victory over Denver that earned the franchise its first trip to the playoffs since 2003-04.
Jerry Zgoda and Michael Rand discuss Jimmy Butler's return to practice, his comments about the Wolves being too soft, the tight Western Conference playoff race and even the debut of rookie Justin Patton.
In a jam-packed episode, Jerry Zgoda and Michael Rand talk about the ugly loss to Memphis, Tom Thibodeau's inflexibility with playing time, Jimmy Butler's possible return and the suddenly precarious playoff positioning of the Timberwolves.
Intro: The Timberwolves won a pair of important games against Golden State and Washington, but two more big ones loom against San Antonio and Houston; 10:00: Tiebreakers and schedule are in the Wolves' favor; 15:00: Is Andrew Wiggins OK with his role in the offense? 20:00: The Derrick Rose experiment is off to a slow start.
Intro: The Timberwolves signed Derrick Rose on Thursday. How does the point guard fit into a team that seemingly has greater needs and is embarking on a tough stretch of games? 17:00: What is the timetable for Jimmy Butler's return? 23:00: Recapping the wild night, including Jeff Teague's hip check of Ricky Rubio, against Utah.
Intro: The Wolves have a tough stretch of games, starting Friday at Houston. 8:00: Jimmy Butler sat out the All-Star Game. What was up with that? 13:00: Will the Wolves make any moves before next week's postseason roster deadline? 20:00: Can Andrew Wiggins make strides in the final 21 games?
Intro: The Cavaliers broke the Wolves' hearts, then they broke up their roster. 5:00: Jerry Zgoda is the one person aside from Tom Thibodeau who is open to the idea of Derrick Rose on the Wolves; 10:00: Some other buyout candidates to join the Wolves; 16:00: Jimmy Butler's return to Chicago, with the Wolves facing a bunch of former teammates; 22:00: What is the overall outlook heading toward the All-Star break?
Intro: Two ugly losses after a huge home stand have put the Timberwolves in a vulnerable position. ... 10:00: The Wolves aren't built well to compete against Houston. Can they beef up their roster? 19:00: Four tough games in a row will test Minnesota's resolve. 24:00: Will Karl-Anthony Towns and Jimmy Butler be All-Stars?
Intro: The Wolves blasted the Cavs. How did they do it? 10:00: Should Minnesota set its sights higher than just the No. 4 seed? 15:00: Jeff Teague should be back soon. How should the Wolves adjust accordingly? 23:00: Trading deadline is a month away. Is there anything the Wolves could do to become big-time contenders?
Intro: Columnist Chip Scoggins hops in to talk about the Wolves' recent improved play. 15:00: Tyus or Teague? This is an interesting month for that debate. 22:00: Minnesota is entering a critical stretch of games.
Jimmy Butler and Jamal Crawford have been terrific lately in two important wins, but Andrew Wiggins' struggles have continued. What's going on? We also answer reader questions about Nemanja Bjelica, Justin Patton and the idea that Wolves fans still seem annoyed in the midst of this franchise's best season in years.
Intro: Rejoice -- Marcus Georges-Hunt played 17 minutes Thursday. ... But now Jamal Crawford wants to play more, too? 12:00: A motivated KAT is a very good KAT. 20:00: KG opens old wounds, talks about owning the Wolves. 27:00: Is the Wiggins slump over?
Jam-packed episode featuring talk about: Wolves' slow pace of play; Thibodeau doesn't need a bench, he just needs 3 chairs; Karl-Anthony Towns looks tired; this is becoming Jimmy Butler's team; Tyus vs. Teague; maybe try making a trade?; long home stand should tell us a lot
Intro: The sky is falling, until it isn't. 7:00: Teague outplays Rubio (again).12:00: Karl-Anthony Towns has the highest defensive rating on the Wolves. He also is in favor of medical marijuana in the NBA. 20:00: Jimmy Butler has been awfully quiet so far. 30:00: Time for a winning streak?
Intro: Quick breakdown of Wolves vs. Warriors matchup Wednesday; 6:00: Jimmy Butler is deferring to his teammates a lot, and he's really bad on a canoe. 17:00: The Teague-Rubio debate is tilting in a different direction. 25:00: Can the Wolves duplicate this strong 10-game start in the next 10 games.
Show topics: The Wolves are 4-1 when Jimmy Butler plays, and all those wins were close. How much correlation is there in those facts? The bench has been bad. Do the Wolves need patience or change?
Intro: Dissecting the first week of the Wolves season, from Andrew Wiggins' buzzer-beater and strong all-around play to Jeff Teague sitting out the fourth quarter of the opener. 20:00: Three things we've liked and haven't liked so far.
Intro: What are the expectations for the Timberwolves both Wednesday in their opener at San Antonio and for the full 82 games. Will they go over or under the Las Vegas mark of 46.5 wins? 16:00: Evaluating the NBA as a whole. 25:00: Target Center looks nice, especially if you have money.
Open: Breaking down Andrew Wiggins' 5-year, $148 million deal. 15:00: How did the Wolves look in China? 22:00: The season is one week away. Will the Wolves play defense?
Intro: Impressions of the Wolves' preseason debut against the Lakers, including the first look at Jimmy Butler; 14:00: Jerry Zgoda checks in with Ricky Rubio in Utah. 20:00: How will the Timberwolves' bench and rotation work itself out? 25:00: Just sign the contract already, Wiggins. 31:00: Twitter questions and hot takes.