Wolves Updates 2/10From Steve Aschburner/Star Tribune:
Since Wittman took over Jan. 23, the Wolves have outscored teams in the fourth quarter by an average of more than five points, 25.8 to 20.4. They had held opposing shooters to 34.9 percent in the final 12 minutes of the nine games before Friday night.
Aschburner also notes the following about Ricky Davis:
Heading into the game at Memphis, the 6-7 swingman had hit 55 of his past 112 three-pointers, a 49.1 percentage.
Henry at True Hoop posts about a New York Times article in which Harvey Araton writes that the "sainted old Celtics typically are given the benefit of the doubt."
Araton notices all those former Celtics--Bird in Indiana, Danny Ainge in Boston, and Kevin McHale in Minnesota--continue to enjoy decent reputations even as their teams habitally underperform. What kind of magic PR leprechaun dust do they enjoy, he wonders, and where can Isiah Thomas get some?
From Rick Alonzo/Pioneer Press:
The return of Rashad McCants to the lineup has pushed Bracey Wright to the inactive list for the past five games. The organization remains committed to reincorporating McCants, the club's 2005 first-round pick. Playing time, however, is dictated by performance, just like any other player, Wittman said.
Flip Saunders on the development of the Raptors' Chris Bosh:
"I think Sam Mitchell has done a really good job, and I think what's really helped Sam in the development of (Chris) Bosh is that Sam was around (Kevin) Garnett (in Minnesota)," Pistons coach Flip Saunders, who coached Mitchell with the Timberwolves, said Friday. "When Sam got the job, one of the first things he talked to Bosh about was being similar to Garnett as far as being professional and going about practicing and kind of being the face of the franchise. I think that's what he (Bosh) has done."