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Minnesota focusing on improving their high five efficiency rating

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Two weeks ago, Kevin Love and Wesley Johnson botched an in-game high five in amazingly awkward fashion. That one particularly graceless moment sparked hard-hitting journalists across the country into action, and the folks at have put together a probing, insightful look into “one of the most tragic moment in Minnesota sports history.”

You know what else is awkward? Calling a high five “a handshake.” Johnson and Love never meant to wish each other “good day,” but just execute a quick, affirming, congratulatory gesture. Get with it, otherwise excellent Minnesota web crew.

It’s good to see that the Wolves are putting in work, though. A study cited earlier this year by the New York Times linked touching with winning in the NBA. The Lakers and the Celtics touched more than any other team last season, and they did pretty well for themselves. Maybe, then, this missed connection between Love and Johnson explains why the Timberwolves are 29th in the league in offensive efficiency (points scored per 100 possessions) and 27 in defensive efficiency (points allowed per 100 possessions). A more efficient high-five game would undoubtedly translate to the rest of the court and help Minny surface from their doldrums. Or at least help Love, Johnson, and the rest of their teammates feel a little better about themselves when being completely demolished on a routine basis.

You can’t win ’em all. But with practice, you can win every high five, Timberwolves.

Khris Middleton dunks, Jimmy Butler can’t stop him (VIDEO)

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Khris Middleton has more expectations and more pressure on him after a breakout season in Milwaukee, followed by him getting him PAID this summer.

Well, he looked pretty good on this play against the Bulls, making the steal then throwing down despite Jimmy Butler‘s efforts to stop him.

Middleton finished with 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting for the Bucks. However, Butler had the last laugh as he went off for 23 points on 12 shots and led the Bulls to the (meaningless) preseason win.

Somebody looks comfortable: Paul George drops 20 in first quarter

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Paul George‘s first experience starting as a power forward was going up against Anthony Davis — not just one of the best power forwards in the game, one of the handful of best players in the game period. That didn’t go well for George, and he wasn’t happy about it.

His second experience was in another preseason game Tuesday, going up against the Pistons and their four, Ersan İlyasova. He’s not quite as intimidating.

George scored 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting, 4-of-5 on threes — and that was just the first quarter (you can see it all in the video above).

As we have said before, George at the four is not a bad call by the Pacers, but some of that depends on the matchup. On the nights the Pacers face Davis or Blake Griffin or LaMarcus Aldridge or Zach Randolph (or a handful of others) the Pacers’ coaching staff is going to have to adjust. But there are a lot of nights where George at the four is going to force the other team to adjust, and that will play into the Pacers’ hands.