BROOKLYN, N.Y. It took a haircut and some concussion tests, a veteran coach and a magical momentum shift, and with that strange combination of luck, brains and skill, the Timberwolves coopted Brooklyn's fairy tale.
For three quarters on Monday, Brooklyn looked as if its hot streak would continue. There was an arena and then a storm, then finally a win, and then the strongest start on Monday that the Nets could have asked for. They seemed poised to go 2-0 in their shiny new home, to head to Miami on the wings of success.
And then the Timberwolves swooped into town, this ragtag bunch without its stars, from Minnesota, of all places. Minnesota is not supposed to spoil a New York miracle, and four three quarters, it couldn't. For three quarters, the Nets shots fell and the Timberwolves' simply did not, and everything seemed right in the Barclays Center bubble.
In the third quarter, the Timberwolves were down by 22 points, but something shifted. With the second unit in, a freshly sho...