Kahn travels, Ridnour ‘didn’t’

CHICAGO – Timberwolves president David Kahn made a pit stop at United Center Tuesday night, stopping on his way back from Minnesota’s game in Boston Monday night and a meeting in New York Tuesday morning. Kahn said he hadn’t yet seen the Toronto Raptors in person this season, and the Wolves have Toronto at Target Center later this month.

When it was casually mentioned to Kahn that his team still needs a “closer” — the Wolves lost to the Celtics 96-93 after leading 85-77 with 6:55 left — he challenged that conventional wisdom. “Michael was our closer last night,” Kahn said, referring to forward Michael Beasley, who scored six points in the final 1:48. Kahn was more bothered by the Wolves’ 17 turnovers, which led directly to 19 Boston points. Among them: a 5-second inbounds turnover, a shot clock violation in the fourth quarter and Martell Webster stepping out of bounds.

Actually, the Wolves haven’t been very good in close games this season: 4-15 when the margin is less than 10 points, 2-12 when it is six points or less. But losing close games has to be considered progress for a team that went 4-39 in games decided by 10 points or more. They were 11-28 in 2009-10 when the margin was single digits.

Kahn also said that the Wolves were sending to the NBA office for review tape of Luke Ridnour’s traveling call with 9.5 seconds left. Ridnour broke to the basket and received a pass with a chance to put Minnesota up 95-94. But he took what sure looked like three steps (no dribble) and it was called that way. The Wolves had to foul and when they finally caught up with Nate Robinson in the backcourt with 4.6 seconds left, the backup Celtics guard sank both foul shots. Then Beasley missed an off-balance 3-pointer.

Kahn said that, when he saw Ridnour’s cut to the rim in replay, he wasn’t convinced it was a travel. Even though Boston’s Ray Allen blocked Ridnour’s layup attempt, the Wolves would have had the ball with 9.5 seconds, still down 94-93. Again, though, the Wolves are just seeking clarification — they’re not protesting the outcome. Because, y’know, no one ever successfully protests anyway.

5 Comments

  1. vedell says:

    He might not have traveled. If you go to the nba.com recap video for the game and pause it at the right time, I think you would note the following. (1) The quality of the image of Ridnour and the ball very near the time that he received the ball is very very poor. (2) His right foot was either about to leave the floor when he received the ball or it had just left the floor. If it was still on the floor, then it was his pivot foot and then he took 3 steps and therefore did travel. If it had left the floor, then when his left foot landed that would be his pivot foot and he would have still had 2 more steps after that and then he did not travel. So, this was a very close call. I don`t think you can tell unless you have better quality video (which someone probably has). I think it seems odd that an NBA ref would make such a close traveling call especially at that point of the game.

  2. marcus says:

    Asch,

    We miss you in Minn. You’re the best BB writer.

  3. zee says:

    If that were ‘bron, no way that travel would have been whistled

    • NBAguy says:

      Dude, shut up! Bron isn’t mentioned at all in this article so why you gotta bring him up? I hate it when people always bring up superstars who are completely irrelevant to the article being presented, and then say absolute nonsense! Did you even watch the play? Luke Ridnour travelled so badly that if LeBron did that and the refs didn’t call it, you’d know something was wrong! So shut up, sit down and think about who you’re bringing in into a discussion about Luke Ridnour, the Celtics, and David Kahn.

      • Mew says:

        Wade and Bron take 3.5 steps at times uncalled. If the referees consistently called travel on them, people like the person above wouldn’t need to mention such things. You need to calm down.