Originally written November 10, 2012 on Fox Sports North:
MINNEAPOLIS The early days of this Timberwolves season are putting some severe restrictions on Alexey Shveds vocabulary. Great. Everything look great. We play great. Everybody play great. The rookie might sound like a Russian parrot, repeating it back, over and over, but in this case, what else has there been to say? Theres been no need for him to add "terrible" or "disappointing" or "frustrating," all of which have significantly more syllables than his current standby. Someday hell have to learn, but for now, great is enough. But it was not so great when Nikola Pekovic missed an easy layup with 10 seconds left and the Timberwolves up by three, even less great when George Hill took the ball down the court and sunk a 3-pointer with 3 seconds to go. But when Luke Ridnour inbounded the ball to Andrei Kirilenko, and Chase Budinger cut in from the 3-point line, wide open, and Kirilenko passed him the ball to set up a shot almost identical to Peks just s...
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