12-15-14: The Minnesota Timberwolves have been one of the worst teams in the NBA in this still young 2014/2015 NBA campaign as the team has started the new season posting a 4-13 record. The Timberwolves started this week by heading back home to play host to the Houston Rockets in Minnesota. During the contest Trevor Ariza kept the Rockets close with five three point shots and James Harden put Houston on his back leading all scorers with 38 points before fouling out. Minnesota took advantage of 20 points from Shabazz Muhammad to force an overtime period. Jason Terry and the Rockets would narrowly edge the Timberwolves after the overtime period to win the game by the score of 114-112. Minnesota was back at it again the very next night this time playing on the road in San Antonio against the San Antonio Spurs. During the contest the Spurs came out with a hot hand eclipsing the 30 point plateau in each of the first two quarters led by 20 points from Marco Belinelli. San Antonio finished the contest shooting 57% from the field while Minnesota shot just 42% from the field. The Timberwolves struggled to keep pace with the Spurs despite 22 points from Zach Lavine as Minnesota fell to San Antonio by the score of 123-101. The Timberwolves looked to get back to their winning ways in their next contest when the team stayed home to play host to the Golden State Warriors who were winners of 12 games in a row coming in. During the contest the Warriors held the Timberwolves to just 36% from the field as the defense, not the offense, took center stage in the game. Andrew Wiggins led the Wolves with 21 points as just one of four players to score in double figures for Minnesota. Golden State on the other hand extended their winning streak to 13 games behind 21 points each from Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry. The Warriors defeated the Timberwolves easily by the score of 102-86. The Wolves finished their week off back at home in Minnesota when the team played host to the Portland Trail Blazers. During the contest the Timberwolves put some distance between them and Portland on the free throw line as Minnesota knocked down 15 more shots from the charity stripe then the Blazers did. Portland made up that deficit and kept the game close from beyond the arc as the team shot 10-35 from beyond the arc while Minnesota managed just one three point shot. Minnesota grabbed 18 more rebounds than the Trail Blazers in the contest and used the extra opportunities to get fouled, go to the line and win the contest by the score of 90-82. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 5-16. Get your Timberwolves tickets for next week as the team travels home to Minnesota to host the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Lakers before finishing their week in Washington playing the Washington Wizards.
12-5-14: The Minnesota Timberwolves have been one of the worst teams in the Western Conference this season as the team has only been able to post a 3-10 record in the first five weeks of the new NBA season. The Timberwolves started this week by packing their bags and traveling to Staples Center to take on the Los Angeles Lakers in a road contest. During the contest the Lakers and the Timberwolves traded buckets for much of this contest as the game went down to the final buzzer to determine a winner. With just 0:05 left in the game Kobe Bryant scored two of his 26 points to tie the game giving the Wolves one more shot in regulation. Minnesota would call a time out before knocking down a quick bucket to take a one point lead late setting up a buzzer beating shot for Bryant. Kobe missed the shot as the buzzer went off as the Lakers went on to lose the contest by the score of 120-119. The Wolves were back at it again this time in Portland taking on the Portland Trail Blazers inside the Moda Center. During the contest the Wolves jumped all over the Blazers in the first quarter only to give it right back with a 14 point second quarter to limp into halftime trailing by 10 points. Minnesota did not recover from that second quarter blunder as Shabazz Muhammad’s 28 point night was not enough in a 107-93 loss to the Trail Blazers. Portland was led by 26 points and 15 rebounds from LeMarcus Aldridge and 23 points from Wesley Matthews in the victory over the Wolves. The Timberwolves were back at it again the very next night as the team traveled to Los Angeles to take on the Los Angeles Clippers in a road contest. During the contest the Clippers enjoyed an offensive explosion as the team eclipsed the 30 point mark in three of the four quarters in the contest. Los Angeles finished the contest shooting 51% from the field and 44% from beyond the arc but the team especially made their strides at the free throw line. The Clippers knocked down 30-36 free throw attempts which were good for 83% shooting. The Clippers took down the Wolves by the score of 127-101 despite 18 points from Minnesota’s Shabazz Muhammad. Minnesota felt good about ending their week on a high note though as the team played host to the winless Philadelphia 76ers to end their week. During the contest the Sixers jumped out quickly and early as emotions ran high in the game for the winless 76ers but the team gave it all back and then some in the second quarter. The Wolves held the 76ers to just 9 points in the second quarter erasing a 10 point first quarter deficit and then some. Philadelphia came roaring back in the third quarter to take a one point lead in the fourth before breaking out in a high scoring fourth quarter. When all was said and done the 76ers had finally gotten their first victory of the season after 17 straight losses when they beat Minnesota by the score of 85-77. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 4-13. Get your Timberwolves tickets for next week as the team stays home to host the Houston Rockets before setting out on the road to face off with the San Antonio Spurs. Minnesota will then travel back home to play host to the Golden State Warriors and the Portland Trail Blazers to finish their week.
11-28-14: The Minnesota Timberwolves start to the 2014/2015 can be described as disappointing as the team has only been able to muster a 3-17 record to begin the campaign. The Timberwolves started this week by heading back home to Minnesota to host the San Antonio Spurs. In the contest the Spurs trio of Tony Parker, Manu Ginobli, and Tim Duncan combined for 42 points while six players from San Antonio scored in double figures. The Timberwolves were led by 20 points from Anthony Bennett but the team shot just 41% from the field in a 121-92 loss to the Spurs. The very next night the Timberwolves were back at it when the team traveled back home to host the Sacramento Kings in Minnesota. In the contest DeMarcus Cousins had an offensive outburst scoring 31 points and snagging 18 rebounds while Ben McLemore added 22 points in a 113-101 rout of the Timberwolves. Minnesota’s offensive attack was led by 29 points from Andrew Wiggins and a double-double from Mo Williams but it was not enough in the loss to the Kings. The Timberwolves traveled back to Minnesota to finish out a short week as the team played host to the Milwaukee Bucks at home. During the contest the Wolves were led by 19 points from Corey Brewer while Andrew Wiggins added 14 points in a cold night of shooting for Minnesota. The Wolves managed just 38% shooting from the field and 21% from beyond the arc as Minnesota fell to the Bucks by the score of 103-86. Milwaukee had seven players that finished in double figures while the team shot 47% in the victory. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 3-10. Get your Timberwolves tickets for next week as the team travels to play a trio of road games against the Los Angeles Lakers, the Portland Trail Blazers and the Los Angeles Clippers before returning back home to Minnesota to host the Philadelphia 76ers.
11-21-14: The Minnesota Timberwolves have had a rough go of things at the beginning of their 2014/2015 season
as the team has posted a 2-5 record in the first two weeks of the campaign. The Timberwolves started
this week by traveling to New Orleans to take on a red hot New Orleans Pelicans team on the road. The
Pelicans were led by 24 points from Jrue Holiday and 22 points from Anthony Davis while seven New
Orleans players scored in double digits in the contest. The Wolves were led by 20 points from Andrew
Wiggins but it was not enough as Minnesota fell to New Orleans by the score of139-91. The next night
the Timberwolves were in Dallas taking on the Dallas Mavericks in a road game. In the contest Kevin
Martin scored 34 points for Minnesota while the Wolves shot 50% from the field in the game.
Minnesota had no answer for the Dallas offensive explosion as Dallas shot 55.3% from the field while
being led by 30 points from Monta Ellis as eight members of the Mavericks scored in double digits. The
Mavericks went on to beat the Wolves by the score of 131-117 in the contest. The Wolves finished their
week off back at home as Minnesota was hosting the New York Knicks. In the game the Timberwolves
definitely had a plan to keep the ball out of Carmelo Anthony’s hand and the team executed the plan
quite well. Anthony was held to just 10 shots on the night and five three point attempts while only
finishing with 20 points, although he did still lead the Knicks offensively. In fact the Wolves held Amar’e
Stoudemire to just nine shots on the night and the Knicks team to just 69 shots in the contest. The
Wolves on the other hand took 89 shots knocking down 49% of them in a 115-99 victory over the Knicks.
Minnesota was led by 37 points from Kevin Martin in the win for the Timberwolves. When the week was
all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 3-7. Get your Timberwolves tickets for next
week as the team heads home to host the San Antonio Spurs, Sacramento Kings and the Milwaukee
Bucks in Minnesota.
11-14-14: The Minnesota Timberwolves posted an even 2-2 record to start their 2014/2015 campaign and the team will head into this week looking to improve on that .500 record. The Timberwolves started this week by traveling to the great state of Florida to take on the Orlando Magic in a road contest. The Magic’s Evan Fournier set the tone with 20 points while Tobias Harris added 17 as two of six Orlando players to score in double digits. The Timberwolves played all 15 of their players on the active roster in this contest and were led offensively by 21 points from Kevin Martin. Martin’s efforts were not enough for Minnesota as the Timberwolves went on to lose this game to the Magic by the score of 112-103. Minnesota completed a short three game trip on the road the next night when the team was in Miami taking on the Miami Heat. In the contest the Heat were led by 25 points from Dwayne Wade and 24 points from Chris Bosh as the heat went on to beat the Wolves easily by the score of 102-92. In the game the Wolves scoring attack was led by Nikola Pekovic’s 19 points but it was not enough for Minnesota in the loss. Minnesota finished their week off when they headed home to host the Houston Rockets at home in a Western Conference showdown. James Harden led the way for the NBA’s best team in this contest with 23 points while Dwight Howard chipped in 22 points in an easy victory for the Rockets by the score of 113-101. The Timberwolves were led by 18 points from Corey Brewer and 15 points from Andrew Wiggins in the loss for Minnesota. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 2-5. Get your Timberwolves tickets for next week as the team travels out on the road to take on the New Orleans Pelicans and the Dallas Mavericks before heading back home to take on the New York Knicks.
11-7-14: The Minnesota Timberwolves started their 2014/2015 season off last week by traveling to Memphis in a
game that the team lost to the Grizzlies. Minnesota then went home and won their home opener over
the Detroit Pistons to start their season 1-1. With the 2014/2015 season entering its first full week the
Timberwolves stayed home for their next game to host the Chicago Bulls. In the contest Minnesota’s
Kevin Martin led all scorers with 33 points while the combo of Jimmy Butler and Pau Gasol led the way
for the Bulls. This game came down to the free throw line as Chicago went to the line 40 times in the
contest knocking down 31 shots while Minnesota went 25-31 from the charity stripe. The Bulls went on
to win the game by the score of 106-105 making the trips to the free throw line all that more important.
Minnesota finished up their schedule for the week when the Wolves traveled to Brooklyn to take on the
Brooklyn Nets. In the game Minnesota was led by 26 points from Kevin Martin and four other Wolves in
double figures in a 98-91 victory over the Nets. Brooklyn was led by Joe Johnson’s 22 points and Deron
Williams 19 points in the loss. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall
record of 2-2. Get your Timberwolves tickets for next week as the team heads out on the road to play
the Orlando Magic and the Miami Heat before heading home to host the Houston Rockets in Mexico
10-31-14: The Minnesota Timberwolves tipped off the 2014-2015 season by facing off with the Memphis Grizzlies on the road after posting a 5-2 preseason including four straight victories. This summer the Wolves traded star Kevin Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers with the hopes that Ricky Rubio would be able to lead the team in the present and in the future. Having Rubio lead the team in the future would require a contract extension and the guard received that extension before the tip off of the 2014/2015 season as the team and Rubio agreed on a four year deal worth $55 million with $1 million in incentives. With the Wolves new $24 Billion television deal and the rising salary cap over the next few seasons it made a lot of sense for Minnesota to extend their star now rather than let him hit free agency. Rubio and the Wolves went into Memphis to start their season off on the right foot but the scoring attack of Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph proved to be too much in a Grizzlies 105-101 victory. Rubio and the Wolves had a chance at redemption the next night as they hosted the Detroit Pistons. Thaddeus Young, Rubio, and three others scored in double figures as the Timberwolves went on to their first victory of the season beating Detroit by the score of 97-91. Get your Timberwolves tickets for next week as the team hosts the Chicago Bulls on Saturday and travels to take on the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday.
10-29-14: The Timberwolves added No. 1 draft pick Andrew Wiggins to their roster after a shakeup in the Cavaliers camp allowed them to acquire Kevin Love. With Ricky Rubio at the point and additional help from Zach LaVine and Thad Young, they’ll hope to improve on their 40-42 record from a season ago. The average price for Timberwolves tickets at the Target Center this season is $85.42, which is actually up 45.5% from their season average of $58.68 last year. The team will play its most expensive game of the season against the Pelicans on April 13, with the average price listed at $286.83 and a get-in price of $7.
10-24-14:The Minnesota Timberwolves finished two games under .500 last season, but have shown promise with a young core of talent. No.1 draft pick Andrew Wiggins will also join the team this season alongside point guard Ricky Rubio, Kevin Martin and Thad Young. The team is 4-2 in the preseason, splitting 2-1 records at home and on the road.
10-15-14: The Minnesota Timberwolves have played two of their 7 scheduled preseason games so far, opening their preseason with a 103-90 loss to the Indiana Pacers, but rebounded with a win 116-110 win over the Philadelphia 76ers in their last outing on Oct 10. Next on the Minnesota Timberwolves preseason schedule is a matchup with Milwaukee Bucks this Friday at the U.S. Cellular Center, followed by four more remaining preseason games with OKC, Indiana, another meeting with Milwuakee, and Chicago before the Timberwolves kick off their regular season on Oct 29 on the road against the Memphis Grizzlies.
10-8-14: The Minnesota Timberwolves kicked off their preseason last night with a loss on the road to the Indianan Pacers. Minnesota will be at home in the Target Center for their next preseason game a matchup with the Philadelphia 76ers, followed by a October 17 date with the Milwaukee Bucks, with remaining preseason games with the Thunder, Pacers, Bucks, and Bulls to finish out their preseason schedule. Minnesota looks forward to basketball life without Kevin Love, opting to trade him to Cleveland for two of the last first picks in the NBA draft, but will be in a rebuilding phase this season.
9-22-14: The Timberwolves finally traded Kevin Love this offseason after much speculation. Flip Saunders the GM and Coach shipped Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett. He then traded Alexey Shved and Luc Mbah a Moute for Thaddeus Young. Along with 2014 draft picks Zach LaVine and Glenn Robinson III the Timberwolves suddenly have a young, athletic roster with incredible upside. The playoffs are still unlikely so expect Flip Saunders to start trading away some of the veteran players from last years team such as Kevin Martin, Corey Brewer, and Ronny Turiaf.
8-13-14: The Minnesota Timberwolves have agreed in principle to trade their star forward player Kevin Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett and a future first round pick in the 2015 draft. Flip Suanders is again the head coach of the franchise, a team that is much different now than the one he left in 2004 where he led them to the Western Conference Finals. Saunders is not the biggest name to coach this team but he might be the right guy to lead this franchise back into playoff contention.
Minnesota Timberwolves 2014 Draft Overview
Round 1, Pick 13, Zach LaVine, PG, UCLA
Round 2, Pick 40, Glenn Robinson III, SF, Michigan
Round 2, Pick 53, Alessandro Gentile, SF, Italy
4-7-14: The Timberwolves split their four games this past week. On Friday, Kevin Love recorded his second career triple-double as Minnesota defeated the Los Angeles Lakers, 143-107. In addition, Nikola Pekovic scored a game-high 26 points that night. Love and Pekovic have another frontcourt man who can help them in future seasons. The NBA announced that Gorgui Dieng was the Western Conference Rookie of the Month for March. He was also the game-high rebounder on Sunday. Although the Wolves lost that game at Brooklyn and then dropped Monday’s contest against the Los Angeles Clippers, Love put up another triple-double to defeat the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday.
4-1-14: The Timberwolves went 1-2 this past week. They began with a back-to-back set against Western Conference opponents. Kevin Love put up 36 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists on Sunday against the Phoenix Suns, but the Wolves did not have a strong fourth quarter. They squandered a huge lead and lost, 127-120. On Monday, Gorgui Dieng put up a double-double, including a game-high 17 rebounds against the Memphis Grizzlies, but Minnesota lost by 17 points. Dieng made it back-to-back double-doubles with 15 points and 15 rebounds on Wednesday as he helped the Wolves to a 107-83 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.
3-24-14: The Timberwolves continue to hover around .500 as the organization ponders the future of this squad. Unfortunately, Friday night did not go so well for Minnesota. Late in the third quarter, Nikola Pekovic, who has had ankle issues this season, left the game with a sore right ankle. The team lost by 12 points that night in Charlotte. Pekovic remained out for the rest of the week. The Wolves played very close games on Sunday and Wednesday and were victorious in both of them. Then, on Thursday, Gorgui Dieng put up 22 points and 21 rebounds, but Minnesota lost to the Houston Rockets by 23 points.
3-17-14: The Timberwolves ended their four-game homestand this past week. Since they were not able to take advantage of this easy part of the schedule, their playoff hopes continue to slip away. They finished with a 2-2 record in those four home games against opponents from the Eastern Conference. The two victories were against the Detroit Pistons and the Milwaukee Bucks. In the loss on Sunday to the Toronto Raptors, Kevin Love almost triple-doubled, but that was not the highlight of the night. With 144 made 3-pointers through 59 games in 2013-14, Love is now the single-season franchise leader in 3-pointers made.
3-10-14: The Timberwolves fought their way back to above .500, but they will need to play even better if they want to make the playoffs this season. Minnesota began the week by finishing its five-game road trip. On Saturday, both Kevin Martin and Nikola Pekovic returned from their injuries to lead the Wolves past the Sacramento Kings, 108-97. Martin’s 26 points were a game-high. Then on Monday, Kevin Love took over. His 33 points and 19 rebounds were both game-highs as he registered his league-leading 50th double-double of the season. He helped the Wolves beat the Denver Nuggets by four points that evening, but Love only scored 19 points in Minnesota’s double-digit loss to the New York Knicks on Wednesday.
3-3-14: The Timberwolves started a five-game road trip this past week. Each of the games was against an opponent from the Western Conference. On Saturday, Kevin Love posted his first career triple-double in Minnesota’s 121-104 victory over the Utah Jazz. The Utah crowd respected Love’s tremendous performance, as he put up 22 points in the third quarter. The Wolves then played the second night of the back-to-back set in Portland. Love had another great game, but his 31 points and 10 rebounds were not enough. Minnesota fell to the Trail Blazers, 108-97. However, the Wolves bounced back on Tuesday. Love was the man of the match again. He almost had another triple-double in the 110-101 win against the Phoenix Suns.
2-24-14: Kevin Love had a relatively busy All-Star weekend as the only participant from the Timberwolves. He took part in the 3-Point Shootout on Saturday and then started in the All-Star game the following night. He put up 13 points and nine rebounds, but the Western Conference lost. However, it was a successful week for the Minnesota basketball team. Kevin Love led all players with 42 points and 16 rebounds as he guided the Wolves past the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday. Although it was Minnesota’s only game of the week, it was an important victory over one of the best teams in the league.
2-18-14: Heading into the All-Star break, the Timberwolves are six games out of a Western Conference playoff spot, meaning that they could miss the postseason for the 10th consecutive season. Minnesota’s recent struggles have been due in part to major injuries to a couple of the team’s starters. After a 98-91 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday, the Wolves learned that they would be without their top two leading scorers on Saturday. Minnesota lost by seven points to the Portland Trail Blazers that evening. While Kevin Love returned for Monday’s contest, Kevin Martin remains out indefinitely with a broken thumb. Although the Wolves fell to the Houston Rockets on Monday, Kevin Love led the way with 32 points in their 117-90 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday.
2-10-14: Without starting center Nikola Pekovic, the Timberwolves are struggling to get to above .500. This past week, they went 1-3 to fall to 24-25 on the season. On Friday, Kevin Love scored 28 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, but it was not enough in Minnesota’s loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. The Wolves then traveled to Atlanta to face the Hawks the next night, and Love was fantastic again. However, his 43 points and 19 rebounds could not bring them the victory. Finally, another player stepped up on Tuesday: Kevin Martin’s game-high 32 points complemented Love’s 31 as Minnesota defeated the Los Angeles Lakers by double digits. Wednesday was a frustrating night for the Wolves, as Love sat out due to a stiff neck, and they fell by nine points to the Thunder in Oklahoma City.
2-4-14: The Timberwolves might have some life left in them to make a run at a playoff position in the difficult Western Conference. On Friday, Minnesota shocked the Golden State crowd as Kevin Martin hit the game-winning shot in a 121-120 victory over the Warriors. Martin and Kevin Love each posted 26 points to lead the Wolves past Golden State. Then, Martin continued his strong scoring stretch with a game-high 30 points on Saturday at Portland. However, it was not enough as the Trail Blazers defeated the Wolves, 115-104. On Monday, Nikola Pekovic suffered a right Achilles injury early in the game, but Ronny Turiaf filled in with his season-highs in points and blocks to help get Minnesota the important victory over the Bulls in Chicago. The Wolves made it two in a row without Pekovic as they beat the New Orleans Pelicans by 11 points on Wednesday.
1-27-14: The Timberwolves had a somewhat easy schedule this past week, as they took on the Toronto Raptors and faced the Utah Jazz in a home-and-home set. Although Minnesota lost to the Raptors by five points in Toronto on Friday, the Timberwolves bounced back very quickly to blow out the Jazz, 98-72, at the Target Center. Nikola Pekovic scored a game-high 27 points, as he had one of his best games of the season. Then, Rick Adelman’s squad made it consecutive victories against the Jazz as the Timberwolves won, 112-97, on Tuesday night in Utah. Each of Minnesota’s five starters scored double-digit points as they dominated the Jazz’s starting lineup.
1-20-14: The Timberwolves still cannot win a close game. Dating back to last season, they have lost 14 consecutive contests decided by four or fewer points. The last time they won a close game was on March 17 when they defeated New Orleans, 97-95. With their inability to close out games, the Timberwolves have not been above .500 since late November. On Wednesday, they suffered another frustrating defeat. They lost, 111-108, to the Sacramento Kings to move to 18-20 on the season. The playoffs are looking like less of a possibility, and it looks like the Timberwolves will be sellers at the trade deadline.
1-7-14: The Timberwolves had a strong week, as they are once again back at .500. They have won three of their last four games, and Kevin Love has been one of the main reasons for their success. Love, who has scored double-digit points in all 31 of his games played this season, averaged almost 29 points per game in those four contests. Minnesota’s only loss this past week came on Monday against the Dallas Mavericks, and the NBA said that the officials missed a controversial foul call on Love’s jumper. However, the Timberwolves bounced back to match their highest-scoring game of the season in their victory on Wednesday over the New Orleans Pelicans.
12-30-13: The Timberwolves had a light week with little travel, but were disappointed with the results. They entered with a record of 13-13 with two games in three days at the Staples Center. First, it was Friday evening’s contest against the Los Angeles Lakers. However, Kevin Love’s 25 points and Nikola Pekovic’s 10 offensive rebounds were not enough to defeat the Kobe Bryant-less Lakers. Then on Sunday, Love had an unbelievable stat line with a season-high 45 points and 19 rebounds, but the Timberwolves gave up their late lead and lost a game that they should have won. There were costly Minnesota mistakes in the fourth quarter that led to the Clippers’ furious comeback.
12-22-13: The Timberwolves had a difficult schedule this past week, but fought back to get to .500. They began with a loss in San Antonio to the Spurs on Friday, but then traveled to Tennessee to beat the Memphis Grizzlies two days later. However, back-to-back games did not treat Minnesota very well. On Monday, they made a comeback at the TD Garden against the Celtics, but lost by four points. The Timberwolves then bounced back to get an important double-digit victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday. Kevin Love had an unbelievable week, as he averaged 32 points per game in those four contests.
12-13-13: Kevin Love has been amazing for the Timberwolves this season. He has registered a double-double in 20 of his 21 games this season. After sitting out Saturday’s loss to the Miami Heat, he has returned with excellent play. As Love has done several times this season, he led all players in points and rebounds in each of the Timberwolves’ last two games. The first was a 27-point victory over the Pistons in Detroit and the second was a home win over the Philadelphia 76ers. For the Timberwolves to make the playoffs in the difficult Western Conference, they will need Love to be at his best.
12-6-13: After a strong start to the 2013-14 season, it has been a struggle for the Timberwolves. However, the players got a nice resting period between contests with the postponement of their game in Mexico City on Wednesday evening. With Minnesota’s schedule getting a lot tougher recently, the time off is very helpful for the young team. After winning in Dallas on the previous Saturday, Minnesota lost to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday. While Kevin Love, Ricky Rubio and Nicola Pekovic have remained extremely strong contributors to the team, new starters Kevin Martin and Corey Brewer have brought great scoring production to Minnesota.
11-28-13: Minnesota is sitting at 8-9 on the season and has now lost five of their last six games, with the only win coming against a down Brooklyn Nets team. The five losses have all come against teams that would be playoff teams if the postseason were to start today. The big news this week in Minny was a trade that sent former number two overall pick Derrick Williams to Sacramento in exchange for reserve forward Luc Mbah a Moute. It was also announced that Chase Budinger and Ronny Turiaf could return to the team in 3-4 weeks.
11-22-13: Minnesota is sitting at 7-6 on the season and straddling a place they feel most comfortable – the 9th seed in the West. After starting the season 6-3, the Timberwolves have lost three of their last four. All three losses were by four points. After some recent questionable late game rotations (Rubio on the bench), Rick Adelman will have to work some magic to get Minnesota back into the win column. Impressive play from Corey Brewer and Kevin Martin has added a whole new element to this Timberwolves squad – they just need to sustain it.
11-15-13: It’s all about offense in Minnesota, where Kevin Love and Kevin Martin are red-hot with their shooting strokes and point guard Ricky Rubio is dishing out assists at a career-high rate. Minnesota took care of business in week three, beating the Mavericks, Lakers and Cavaliers. Their only loss in the past week was to a very talented Clippers team by just two points.
11-8-13: The T’Wolves knew it wasn’t any fun trying to win games without an injured Kevin Love last year, but they probably didn’t remember how fun it was actually winning with him around. Love is back and as good as ever, as he’s been a top scorer in the league during Minnesota’s solid 3-2 start. With a healthy Love, Ricky Rubio and the addition of scoring threat Kevin Martin, Minnesota is looking like a potential playoff team early on in 2013.
11-1-13: Soon after the Timberwolves’ busy draft night in which they took Shabazz Muhammad and Gorgui Dieng among other players, Minnesota completed a trade for sharpshooter Kevin Martin. He starts alongside young phenom Ricky Rubio in the backcourt. Corey Brewer, who also recently came to Minnesota, starts at small forward alongside returning veterans Kevin Love and Nikola Pekovic. Love, who averaged 17 points per game in the preseason, is ready to stop the Timberwolves’ nine-year postseason drought. Rick Adelman enters his third year in Minnesota as he looks to have this team increase its win total for the third consecutive season.
10-18-13: The Minnesota Timberwolves are 2-2 through four 2013-2014 preseason games. The Timberwolves beat the Toronto Raptors 101-89 behind 20 points and nine rebounds from Kevin Love and seven assists from Ricky Rubio. Despite a similar performance from those two players, 28 points and 11 rebounds from Love and six assists from Rubio, Minnesota lost its most recent game against those same Raptors 104-97. Minnesota is averaging 100.5 points per game so far this preseason. The Timberwolves still have three preseason games left:
- Oct 20 vs Boston
- Oct 23 at Philadelphia
- Oct 24 at Detroit
8-23-13: The Minnesota Timberwolves entered the summer with two primary roster goals in mind. First, re-sign the bruising Nikola Pekovic and secondly, improve the shooting guard position. They succeeded at both. With Big Pek re-signed to a 5-year, $60M deal and Kevin Martin joining the team on a 4-year, $27M deal, Minnesota is going all in. The T-Wolves also brought back free agent Corey Brewer from Denver, their former 7th overall draft pick in 2007. The team had two first round picks this year and selected Shabazz Muhammad (14th) and Gorgui Dieng (21st) for further depth.
The Timberwolves will start their home schedule on Wednesday, October 30th against the Orlando Magic. The Oklahoma City Thunder come to town on Friday, November 1st and again on Saturday, January 4th.The Brooklyn Nets visit on Friday, November 22nd and the New York Knicks visit on Wednesday, March 5th. LeBron James and the Miami Heat will make a single appearance in Minneapolis on Saturday, December 7th.
Key Home Games:
- October 30th – Orlando Magic
- November 1st – Oklahoma City Thunder
- November 20th – L.A. Clippers
- December 4th – San Antonio Spurs
- December 7th – Miami Heat
8-13-13: The Timberwolves an free agent forward Nikola Pekovic have agreed on a five-year, $60 million deal. The deal will also include up to and additional $8 million in incentives.
7-1-13: The Minnesota Timberwolves selected Trey Burke, the talented point guard out of Michigan. The T-Wolves are not exactly rebuilding and will likely trade the pick to the Utah Jazz once trades can be executed. The Wolves already have a young point guard in Ricky Rubio. Burke is a 6-1 point guard with all around skills and a great scoring ability. Wherever he lands he will make an immediate impact. Burke led his Michigan team to the NCAA championship game and just fell short to an older Louisville team last year. Minnesota dealt with a lot of injuries last year to their prime players, especially Kevin Love. This season they will attempt to continue what they started I a positive way with their young talent. Burke averaged over 18 points per game last year and was high school teammates with the Celtics’ Jared Sullinger. Last year at Michigan Burke shot 46% from the field and 38% from three-point range. He also dished out 6.7 assists per game. Home games in Minnesota had an average ticket price of $61 per game. Once Love fully returns, look for these prices to head north of a $61 average.
Timberwolves 2013 Draft Summary:
Round 1, Pick 14: SF Shabazz Muhammad, UCLA (from Jazz).
Round 1, Pick 21: C Gorgui Dieng (from Jazz).
Round 2, Pick 22: PG Lorenzo Brown, NC State.
Round 2, Pick 29: PF Bojan Dubljevic, Serbia.
6-12-13: Kevin Love was only able to play in 18 games this season and that resulted in a dismal 31 win season for his respected ball club. Ricky Rubio missed the first portion of the season as well while he recovered from a torn ACL injury from the year prior. Head coach Rick Adleman has a very nice young group to work with that has a winning future, health pending. Due to the absence of Kevin Love, Nikola Pekovic was able to evolve into one of the most potent offensive big men in the league. At 6’11 290lbs. the center averaged 16 points and 8 rebounds per game. Once he and Love are able to coexist, the ‘Wolves front line will certainly make serious noise in the west.
2-20-13: This season has once again been a struggle for the Minnesota Timberwolves. At 19-31, they are 7.5 games outside of the final playoff spot and with injuries to superstar forward Kevin Love and talented wingman Andrei Kirilenko the future doesn’t seem much brighter ahead as far as this season is concerned. It’s hard to compete with upper echelon teams when you have a 7-18 road record. The Wolves have also lost 7 of their last ten games and their next opponents include Philadelphia, Oklahoma City and Golden State. Look for some serious roster changes perhaps this offseason that may or may not include Kevin Love.
11-26-12: The Timberwolves were happy to welcome back Kevin Love to the lineup who debuted with a 34 point performance against the Nuggets in a losing effort. With games against the Kings and Clippers this week, the T-wolves will be looking to improve upon their 5-7 record as they await the return of another young star, Ricky Rubio. The Timberwolves currently possess the league’s 4th best defense allowing just over 92 points per game.