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THE BOOK an opposing team's scout sizes up the Timberwolves
Mark Bechtel
October 30, 2000
"They're one of the tougher teams to prepare for because Flip Saunders doesn't settle for running the same offensive sets as everybody else. In a playoff series you can prepare for them, but in one regular-season game they can give you headaches.... Kevin Garnett is hard to contain on the offensive boards because you never know where he's coming from. Most guys his size only go to certain areas of the floor, but he can come knifing from the corner to the top of the key and anywhere in between.... I like Terrell Brandon a lot. He's a very good pull-up jump shooter, makes good choices on the pick-and-roll and mixes it up well between setting other guys up and looking for his own shot.... Wally Szczerbiak is a smart player for someone so young. He uses good ball fakes to free himself up for shots, and he's got a really quick release.... They don't stretch a defense very well because, unless Garnett is posted I up, there's no one you have to double-team."
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October 30, 2000

The Book An Opposing Team's Scout Sizes Up The Timberwolves

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"They're one of the tougher teams to prepare for because Flip Saunders doesn't settle for running the same offensive sets as everybody else. In a playoff series you can prepare for them, but in one regular-season game they can give you headaches.... Kevin Garnett is hard to contain on the offensive boards because you never know where he's coming from. Most guys his size only go to certain areas of the floor, but he can come knifing from the corner to the top of the key and anywhere in between.... I like Terrell Brandon a lot. He's a very good pull-up jump shooter, makes good choices on the pick-and-roll and mixes it up well between setting other guys up and looking for his own shot.... Wally Szczerbiak is a smart player for someone so young. He uses good ball fakes to free himself up for shots, and he's got a really quick release.... They don't stretch a defense very well because, unless Garnett is posted I up, there's no one you have to double-team."

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