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To all the cranky and sour fans nursing a hangover from last night’s deflating loss, I hope you find something in this post to make you smile.
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Raise your hand if watching Taj Gibson on a nightly basis has improved your ability to play basketball
Taj Gibson is having the best season if his career. He’s been better than any of us could have expected. The Ringer agrees.
Despite the newfound glory on offense, Gibson still hustles like he’s last in the team’s hierarchy. He’s far more capable on offense than an Andre Roberson or a Tony Allen or maybe even a DeMarre Carroll of old, but he’s remained vocal about not caring about shots or playing time. Keep your eyes on Minny’s least exciting starter for an entire game and you’ll witness an expert in Thibodology—Gibson knows his spots, never camps out in the half court, and never idles up or down the court. Transition scoring is not Gibson’s speciality, but he’s always the first man tailing his teammate on the fast break, and ready to fight for a rebound and a second-chance opportunity.
Only two teammates have run more total miles on the court this season, and both (Towns and Wiggins) are at least nine years younger. Even Gibson’s contemporaries can’t keep up: The only players from the 2009 draft who have covered more ground this season are Jrue Holiday and DeMar DeRozan. And Gibson, who was 24 years old during his rookie season with the Bulls, is older than all of them.
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Baseball is Back!
To celebrate, here’s a gallery of current Timberwolves wearing Twins gear.