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Thursday, April 20, 2006 

Review of T'Wolves Game
Topic: Events

Grizzlies 102
Timberwolves 92

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It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. It was a tale of two cities.


Its bad when the highlight of the game is the honorarium paid to Fred Hoiberg who, having undergone heart surgery, was unable to rejoin the team and has instead taken a position in the T'Wolves front office. That was about all there was to rejoice about.

The game itself was in dismal shape, as Memphis needed a win and we, strangely enough, needed a loss for lottery draft positioning. Having led the entire game and still up by seven or eight with a minute to play, we found a way to waste the lead and head into overtime. And then a second overtime. Where we finally put an end to the misery lost.

The double overtime would have been fun, except for the fact that MN coach Dwayne Casey gave Mark "Mad Dawg" Madsen the green light from behind the arc, so literally every time the man touched the ball, he hoisted it. <> I have a strong, yes very strong, loathing for Madsen. I do not consider him, lets say, skilled, in basketball. If I were in the MN T'Wolves front office (and I'm not, so breath a collected sigh of relief), I wouldn't trade Mark Madsen, I'd simply fire him. I'd hate any other team to have him either. < /confession >

The game did have a ton of bright spots. I don't want you thinking it wasn't fun. It was. For starters, we had perhaps the best seats I've ever had in the Target Center. Samantha's boss had four tickets, and she and I went with him and his significant other (I think). We were four seats up, behind the basket, and it was brilliant to sit there. I loved it. Sam was a great sport, and we had a great time.

Eddie Griffin blocked a lot of shots - they were persistent going to the lane, and we persistently said no - and there were some flashy dunks. Overall, it was the scrubs, so there wasn't much for good ball handling, etc. Garnett was not only not playing, he didn't even show to the bench. It was fun to watch Shane Battier play. I had loved following him @ Duke, and I had watched him play his final college game when the Duke Blue Devils won the national championship in the Metrodome (2001 Final Four). I had really hyped him up to Sam, and the first time he touched the ball he traveled. (I did that in my first game in the eighth grade.) After that, he was a force.

So thank you Lord for the terrific night with my wife. Fire Mark Madsen.


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