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Over the years, I’ve managed to make a large number of analogies to the Timberwolves.  There have been references to movies like Rocky IV, The Shawshank Redemption, and even Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.  I’ve related the Wolves to songs from U2 and Dave Matthews Band.  But for the first time, I’m going to put my med-school education to use and make a medical analogy to sum up the Wolves current situation.  Because the 2006-2007 Minnesota Timberwolves share astounding similarities with atrial fibrillation.

[image] game winning shot
Randy Foye and the Timberwolves’ play has been erratic [image2]

For those of you who haven’t brushed up on your heart arrhythmias lately, atrial fibrillation, or A-fib as the “cool” doctors call it, is when your atrium beats very quickly and out-of-sync with the rest of your heart.  (For those of you seeking a more detailed explanation, feel free to brush up on your cardiology at MedSkool.Net) Atrial fibrillation is characterized by an EKG pattern that is “irregularly irregular”.  While not imminently life-threatening, A-fib is a problem because your heart just isn’t pumping blood as effectively, and in a worst-case scenario, it can cause blood clots in your heart which can travel to your brain resulting in a stroke.

So how does this relate to the game of basketball, you ask?

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