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Game Thread: Minnesota Timberwolves VS. Charlotte Bobcats - March 14th


The Minnesota Timberwolves (32-31) visit the Charlotte Bobcats (31-34) in this Friday night match-up. The last time these two teams met in January 10th the Timerwolves won 119-92. The Cats continue their playoff push as they look to beat the Timerwolves and improve their home record to 19-14. The Cats are currently on a 2 game winning streak, as they look to make it 3 straight.

Game Notes: http://www.nba.com/g...tes/bobcats.pdf

Game Time: 7 PM ET
TV: FOX Sports South - Carolinas


  • 25 Comments

    Al scoring on Pec . will be a tough task . Holding down Love another . We got beat bad last game . But we a better team now . I think we will be ready , and pull off another win
    10 FTs in the first quarter for the visiting Minnesota Jordan's
    I guess we'll have to find a way to win this game with Kevin Love and Kevin Martin not missing tonight

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    MKG is the Al Jefferson of defense.

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    Stop the presses... Luke Ridenour hit a basket.

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    MedellinHeel
    Mar 14 2014 06:44 PM
    neal puttin in work
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    @JPlowright_NBA
    Mar 14 2014 06:46 PM
    Luke Ridnour just stop it! Dropping dimes, buckets and steals all over the shop. It is about time he started to do something, Neal also looks good early. We haven't been great with our D but credit to them they have hit some tough shots, great game so far tho
    I swear MKG may not score often.... well every half moon, but damn if he ain't an Off. Rebounding Beeaasst! He alone has kept so many possessions for the offense.
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    @JPlowright_NBA
    Mar 14 2014 07:24 PM
    MKG is the only guy allow to offensive rebound according to Clifford, the rest have to get back on D. But yes, he has a nose for the ball, as well as length and athleticism, just outworks and hustles a lot of lazy big men.

    Pekovic makes Al look small... Dude is huge!
    This team is light years beyond the product that we watched for the past 2 seasons.
    really right now, I'm very pleased with this team. Besides a backup pg, an upgrade at sg and another center, we are pretty getting there.
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    gamecocksmitty4
    Mar 14 2014 08:19 PM

    MKG is the only guy allow to offensive rebound according to Clifford, the rest have to get back on D. But yes, he has a nose for the ball, as well as length and athleticism, just outworks and hustles a lot of lazy big men.

    Pekovic makes Al look small... Dude is huge!


    I remember him saying that. But it appears that he's allowing Cody to fight for offensive rebounds too and he seems to be pretty good at it. Especially at cleaning up ugly airballs (Ridnour vs Wizards, Hendo vs Timberwolves).
    ...another solid win against a team that schooled us earlier in the season...guys are playing tough at the right time...
    Another masterpiece. Our bigs and MKG made Pek and Love look like DNPs out there. So damn impressed with how the team is playing as a single unit...on both ends of the court.

    The ultimate unhearalded piece of the unit, CDR, has been such a great addition to the team. Guy does nothing exceptional but does everything well with tonight being no different.


    Sequence of the night for me was the MKG swat and dunk. All others sleepwalk by comparison to MKG.


    So cool to see the Cats making the last impression of the name not as a punchline but as the beginning of many playoff appearances to come.


    Go Cats!
    Cody has shown a lot of improvement the past several weeks. Very happy with his progress.
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    InProblematique
    Mar 14 2014 09:13 PM
    Fun game to watch. Charlotte hasn't been an above-the-rim team this season, but they sure were tonight. Great game from Cody again, it's just great to watch his confidence rise with each game.

    I know Al had the big double-double, and Neal put some serious work in, but for my money, MKG gets the gameball. Scored when he needed to, rebounded like a machine, and played outstanding defense. I'm thinking the best case scenario for Charlotte's draft this year is to draft Nik Stauskas with the DET pick and KJ McDaniels with the PDX pick, at SG and SF respectively, but our wing did well tonight. Still our biggest area of need, though.

    Eventually starting Stauskas and McDaniels would give our bench a whole lot of depth, longevity, and dependability with Henderson and MKG both being good sixth men, second unit leaders.
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    gamecocksmitty4
    Mar 14 2014 09:47 PM
    I take it KJ McDaniels is the basketball version of Hakeem Nicks. A slightly above average player that's overrated because of his location.
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    InProblematique
    Mar 14 2014 10:08 PM

    I take it KJ McDaniels is the basketball version of Hakeem Nicks. A slightly above average player that's overrated because of his location.


    Overrated because of his location? He's carried a team on his back that has no offensive talent otherwise. He's a defensive monster. If it weren't for KJ, Clemson would've been dead last in the ACC. If he played somewhere surrounded by talent, like Duke or Michigan, or any other team you want to throw out there, he'd be finding much better shots, and he definitely wouldn't be double and tripled down on every time he had the ball.

    And for my money, in the 20's, KJ is still vastly UNDERRATED.

    And also, for the record, I don't want a guy to be drafted by the Charlotte Hornets because he's from AROUND HERE (even though he's from Alabama, just plays in Clemson...makes as much sense for Atlanta to jump on the "location" wagon as Charlotte fans). I think that's stupid. I just know that KJ is the real deal, has all of the tools to be a an above average offensive threat, and a total lockdown defender.
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    Hornet4Ever
    Mar 15 2014 03:39 PM

    McDaniels is already better than MKG.

    MKG's best game of the season.  Game ball for me.

     

    Zeller's "lets just call it an alley oop" finish from the Hendo twirling up and under was beautiful.   And Josh McRoberts with the fancy mid air scoop-oop was also a thing to behold.

     

     

    Most importantly:  Kevin Love had 14 points in the first quarter.  He ended the game with 18.  Thats impressive as hell. 

    MKG's best game of the season. Game ball for me.

    Zeller's "lets just call it an alley oop" finish from the Hendo twirling up and under was beautiful. And Josh McRoberts with the fancy mid air scoop-oop was also a thing to behold.


    Most importantly: Kevin Love had 14 points in the first quarter. He ended the game with 18. Thats impressive as hell.


    Pitch perfect post. Couldn't agree more. And the free tix for everyone in attendance for the Hawks game was Bobcat gravy.

    Pitch perfect post. Couldn't agree more. And the free tix for everyone in attendance for the Hawks game was Bobcat gravy.

     

     

    Mmmm, Bobcat Gravy.

     

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    InProblematique
    Mar 15 2014 09:27 PM

    McDaniels is already better than MKG.

    Totally agree. He has a nice jumper, even though his accuracy slips past 20 feet, but it is a very effective mid-range jumper that can be extended to three-point land on occasion. He's vicious on offensive boards, he moves ridiculously well without the ball, ball handling is solid, good cutter, great finisher, incredible athlete. Defensive beast. 6'6" SF blocking 2.7 shots per game? Jesus. 

     

    And just as a cherry on top, he's one of the 5 best athletes in the draft. 

     

    He's basically a more offensively versatile/polished version of MKG.

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    gamecocksmitty4
    Mar 15 2014 10:09 PM

    Either MKG is criminally underrated on this board or McDaniels is extremely overrated. Saying McDaniels, a good-but-not-great college player, is better than arguably the best defensive and rebounding SF in the NBA (as the 5th youngest player) is a bit ridiculous. And his <30% from the college 3 point line does not suggest that he will be a 3 point threat in the NBA. Not saying he can't work on it, but he's in his 3rd year in college and still missing over 70% of his 3 point attempts. At least MKG knows he can't shoot. McDaniels is reaching Josh Smith levels.

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    InProblematique
    Mar 15 2014 10:55 PM

    Either MKG is criminally underrated on this board or McDaniels is extremely overrated. Saying McDaniels, a good-but-not-great college player, is better than arguably the best defensive and rebounding SF in the NBA (as the 5th youngest player) is a bit ridiculous. And his <30% from the college 3 point line does not suggest that he will be a 3 point threat in the NBA. Not saying he can't work on it, but he's in his 3rd year in college and still missing over 70% of his 3 point attempts. At least MKG knows he can't shoot. McDaniels is reaching Josh Smith levels.

    Again, McDaniels was forced to be the primary, and oftentimes only offensive threat on the floor. When teams realize that, you double and triple team him. Which everyone who played Clemson did. And that's why his 17.2 points per game is impressive.

     

    Yes he took some bad shots. So does Kemba. So does Henderson. Shit, so does Al, sometimes.

     

    I'm not underrating MKG at all. If you'll notice earlier on, I gave the game ball to MKG for his rebounding, defense, and efficient scoring.

     

    The fact is that with KJ, you get the defensive talent that MKG has. You also get a player who can score, and with more talent around him, will be able to do so with more ease. If KJ had Jabari Parker or even just someone like Gary Harris or any kind of offensive threat on his team, he would be a lottery pick.