Category Archives: Minnesota Timberwolves

Steve Novak Enjoys the Jeremy Lin vs. Ricky Rubio Matchup

(AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

The matchup of Jeremy Lin and Ricky Rubio brought plenty of fans to the Target Center, but it was Steve Novak who put the Knicks in position to win the game.  Let’s take a look at how Novak, a player whose only offensive skill is shooting threes, found himself wide open in crunch time.

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Nikola Pekovic Playing Prison Ball

AP Photo/Alan Spearman

Nikola Pekovic has undergone a complete transformation into a highly useful player this season.  His PER has jumped up to 21.6 from a below league average of 11.2 in 2010-’11.  He’s shooting at a higher percentage and hitting the offensive boards at a much higher rate.  Since last year, Pekovic has improved in almost every offensive situation:

Despite having the 5th best PER among 1st and 2nd year players, he still got snubbed from the Rookie-Sophomore Game.  Let’s take a look at Pek’s under-the-radar success.

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