Wolves Updates 1/31Britt Robson/City Pages doesn't fully buy into the theory that Dwane Casey got a "raw deal":
Casey knew what he was getting into and bought into the rose-colored rhetoric, if not the sentiment, flatly stating on the day he was hired that the Wolves should make the playoffs. While McHale's recent trades and free-agent signings have been questionable at best, his last two drafts—Rashad McCants and Bracey Wright in 2005, Randy Foye and Craig Smith in 2006—have been surprisingly strong. And while Casey evinced ongoing improvement as a coach, he still had some glaring weak spots...
From Kent Youngblood/Star Tribune:
Wittman has taken Madsen and Marko Jaric -- two players whose contributions dwindled -- and dusted them off and re-inserted them into the mix, with strong results.
From Gordon Wittenmyer/Pioneer Press:
"Coach Wittman has injected confidence in everybody on this team," Garnett said. "Even the guys that don't play. … I've seen guys sort of get redefined as far as confidence and become a big factor in our winning. It's definitely a shot in the arm."
Jon Krawczynski on Garnett hugging Wittman after Monday's win:
The two are fiery competitors who speak the same language. But the overt gesture by Garnett at the end of the Phoenix game still came as a bit of a surprise considering the all-business relationship he's had with previous coaches in Minnesota.
Maurice Brooks/NBA.com ranks KG at #7 in the "Race to the MVP" and comments on the team:
But if they want to make a deep run into the Western Conference playoffs, the formula for their success is simple: More shot attempts for KG means more wins for the franchise.
Mike Kahn/Fox Sports's list of mid-season awards has McHale tied with Danny Ainge for worst executive of the year.
A preview of tonight's game against the Kings. Justin Reed will be back after missing the last two games because of an illness in the family.