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Monday Musings: The Calm Before the Storm

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The All-Star Weekend festivities have wrapped up with the All-Star game last night, where the West defeated the East 196-173. NBA games will recommence on February 18th.

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The waiting period begins. 

I didn't catch the All-Star game last night, but after watching the highlights and looking over some of the comments in last night's thread it seemed I missed the usual high-intensity defensive match-up along with a humble and quick ceremony before the game honoring Kobe Bryant.

These next few days will likely be very quiet around the league as players are enjoying their well deserved breaks. There will be a flurry of trade rumors as the upcoming trade deadline is right around the corner. Whether or not many of these "scoops" will be substantiated at all is anyone's guess, as we have already seen with the recent Rubio trade rumors that broke in the last day.

While there may be a few trades that go down during the next few days, if last year is any indicator we will likely have to wait until the last moment before we see any major movement around the league.

The 2015 trade deadline was one of the craziest moments in the NBA that I can remember. Grantland's recap (Article Here) does a great job highlighting the confusion as the media scrambled to catch up to all the moves. Although reading over that article has made me sad all over again due to Grantland's semi-recent demise.

There obviously isn't a lot of other Basketball news, Timberwolves or otherwise, so I will just let this serve as an open thread.

This Week in...Things that are Great!

Ex Machina debuted last year, staring Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, and Alicia Vikander. It is one of the smartest science fiction movies that I have seen in recent years and centers around the Turing Test. For those who are not familiar with the phrase, the Turing Test is basically a method to see if an artificial intelligence "passes" as human. The movie plays around with this idea and what it would even mean if humanity were able to basically create a sentient life form. If you are into science fiction this movie is an easy sell, but if that's not your cup of tea than the impressive performances from the three leads are also worth the watch, especially that of Vikander as the artificial intelligence "Eva."

For those that have already seen the movie, I recently found this great breakdown on Youtube on the symbolism within the movie and how this reflects the director's thesis on humanity's future relationship with artificial intelligence.

Youtube Breakdown

Trailer

Happy Monday!