MINNEAPOLIS There's this music that plays at the Target Center coming out of breaks when games are close late. It's got this "leading up to a great cage match," Rocky-esque vibe, high drama and such, the sort of thing that's supposed to inspire confidence and make the veins in players' temples bulge.
On Friday, though, it was the Timberwolves' death knell. They'd heard it before.
On Friday, you had to know better. That music had played at some point Wednesday against San Antonio, when the thing was within four points with just more than four minutes left. It had played Monday, too, against Portland, the night when the Timberwolves could have tied the game at the buzzer and failed. A week before, against the Lakers, there was a five-point margin with five minutes left, another time when that music, coupled with momentum, seemed perhaps appropriate.
Against New York, though, after each of those three close games had ended in a loss, the music seemed prescient of something other th...