Western Conference Finals: Minnesota Timberwolves (3) vs Dallas Mavericks (5)

Euclis20

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Had Luka in man and immediately passed it
Their refusal to challenge Luka at all on defense is incredible. He's hurt, he's a bad defender, and you want to wear him out so he's less effective on offense.

Coming into the series I was hoping to play Dallas in the finals, but this version of Minnesota is just too easy defend. I'm not the only one that assumed Ant wouldn't continue to be the best in the league on contested mid-range jumpers, but this is some pretty rough regression to the mean for him.
 

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My takeaway is that neither of these teams can beat Boston 4 times in 7 games without KP. If KP is back to being KP I don’t think it gets to 6
 

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KAT has been so bad but they finally may have figured out a way to get him in space downhill to the basket the last couple minutes. But he can’t shoot for shit right now.
 

Auger34

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Will Draymond make any salient points or just continue with his grudge against Gobert?
 

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Kevin Harlan is a low key awful announcer. Fails to recognize critical plays, is 3-4 seconds late on every call, and gets excited at *all* the wrong times. And his signature calls are things a six-year old would say shooting a nerf ball like, “WHAT A SHOT!”

Always makes me realize how good Breen is by comparison.
 

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Their refusal to challenge Luka at all on defense is incredible. He's hurt, he's a bad defender, and you want to wear him out so he's less effective on offense.

Coming into the series I was hoping to play Dallas in the finals, but this version of Minnesota is just too easy defend. I'm not the only one that assumed Ant wouldn't continue to be the best in the league on contested mid-range jumpers, but this is some pretty rough regression to the mean for him.
Being good at activating and exploiting defensive weak links is a learned skill. Most teams don't have as many reps doing it as Boston, and we're used to watching them (the best offense by rating in history).

Minnesota is just plain bad at it.
 

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Draymond Green is really terrible as a media personality, why do they think he's a good choice for this? The Gobert stuff is and has been so unprofessional.

KAT 4-29 from 3 in his last 5 games. They need him to exploit his permanent mismatch by driving, kick out for open shots. Started doing it at the end of Q2 and they need a lot more of it.
 

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Being good at activating and exploiting defensive weak links is a learned skill. Most teams don't have as many reps doing it as Boston, and we're used to watching them (the best offense by rating in history).

Minnesota is just plain bad at it.
really, “offense” could be the “it” above

they have some great talent but it often is just a series of one on one actions, and their top two guys don’t create all that well for others.

fully agree they aren’t able to hunt…and I feel like the gaps show before that on the maturity curve too
 

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Their refusal to challenge Luka at all on defense is incredible. He's hurt, he's a bad defender, and you want to wear him out so he's less effective on offense.
It should be relentless. Get him on Ant at the three point line or on KAT at the foul line or on the block. Make him do something
 

bosockboy

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Kevin Harlan is a low key awful announcer. Fails to recognize critical plays, is 3-4 seconds late on every call, and gets excited at *all* the wrong times. And his signature calls are things a six-year old would say shooting a nerf ball like, “WHAT A SHOT!”

Always makes me realize how good Breen is by comparison.
Sorry but that’s crazy. Harlan is sensational. To each their own though.
 

Euclis20

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The problem with Kevin Harlan is that he's sitting next to SVG and Reggie Miller. Probably not his fault.

It feels like this thing is over, but Minnesota is keeping this under control.
 

Senator Donut

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Do the referees think they’re suppose to rig it in favor of Dallas? This doesn’t even make sense from a conspiracy perspective.