Minnesota Timberwolves News
1-9-17: The Timberwolves led the visiting Utah Jazz by as many as 11 points on Saturday, as their starting lineup did the heavy lifting. All the Minnesota starters scored more than 10 points, but the bench scored just 11 points combined. The Timberwolves received a game-high 24 points from Zach LaVine, but Minnesota fell, 94-92. The Timberwolves have yet to win a game in 2017.
12-26-16: Zach LaVine scored a career-high 40 points on Friday against the visiting Sacramento Kings, but the Timberwolves fell, 109-105. Then on Christmas Day, Karl-Anthony Towns scored 26 points and was the game-high rebounder for the seventh consecutive game. Although Minnesota fell to the Thunder on Sunday, Towns’ game-high 22 points on Monday led the Timberwolves to a 104-90 victory against the visiting Atlanta Hawks.
11-28-16: On Saturday, Zach LaVine scored a team-high 31 points, but the Timberwolves fell, 115-102, to the Golden State Warriors. Unfortunately, Ricky Rubio was benched by coach Tom Thibodeau and did not play any fourth-quarter minutes in this contest. On the bright side, Andrew Wiggins’ game-high 25 points led the Timberwolves to a 98-85 victory over the Suns at Phoenix on Friday.
11-21-16: Andrew Wiggins scored a game-high 35 points in Thursday’s 110-86 victory over the visiting Philadelphia 76ers. However, Wiggins scored just seven points on 2-for-11 shooting in Saturday’s 93-71 loss at Memphis. Zach LaVine scored a game-high 22 points in the defeat, as the Timberwolves continued to alternate losses and wins.
11-7-16: Karl-Anthony Towns’ game highs in points on Thursday (32) and Saturday (33) were not enough for the struggling Timberwolves, as their record fell to 1-4 with those losses. On Thursday, Towns also grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds, but Minnesota fell, 102-99, against the visiting Denver Nuggets. Saturday’s contest was not as close, as the Timberwolves lost, 112-92, at Oklahoma City.
4-12-16: The Timberwolves were playing great basketball near the end of the season, but they ran into the suddenly hot Houston Rockets on Monday. On the bright side, the three-game losing streak that ended on Monday included an overtime victory at Golden State and a win at Portland. Karl-Anthony Towns scored just 12 points on Monday, but dropped 27 points on the Trail Blazers.
3-29-16: The Timberwolves, who had won just three contests in the first 21 days of March, bounced back to defeat the Sacramento Kings, Washington Wizards and Phoenix Suns over the last week. Andrew Wiggins scored a game-high 32 points and Ricky Rubio had a game-high 11 assists, as Minnesota defeated the visiting Suns on Monday.
3-14-16: On Friday, Gorgui Dieng and the Timberwolves played very well in Oklahoma City. With the score at 96-96, Andrew Wiggins drove to the hoop on Minnesota’s final possession of contest and dished to Ricky Rubio for the open 3-pointer that he made with 0.2 seconds remaining. The shot proved to be the game-winner.
2-29-16: The Timberwolves ended their three-game road trip on Sunday night in Dallas with a 128-101 loss to the Mavericks. Shabazz Muhammad scored a team-high 24 points in the loss. Although Minnesota lost this contest, the team won the first game of the back-to-back set on Saturday. Behind Karl Anthony-Towns’s team-high 30 points, the Timberwolves won that contest at New Orleans, 112-110.
2-24-16: Behind Karl-Anthony Towns’s game-high 28 points, the Timberwolves defeated the visiting Boston Celtics, 124-122. Towns really enjoys playing against the Celtics, as he has his two highest-scoring NBA quarters against them. Minnesota next heads on the road to face the Raptors, Pelicans and Mavericks before alternating home and away games for the first six contests of March.
2-16-16: Karl-Anthony Towns scored 35 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in the Timberwolves’ 117-112 victory over the visiting Toronto Raptors. The win gave Minnesota its third victory in its last four games. After the All-Star break, the Timberwolves head to Memphis and host the Knicks and Celtics before having a rematch with the Raptors.
2-10-16: February has been all triple digits on the scoreboard for Minnesota. The Timberwolves and their opponents have all scored more than 100 points in Minnesota’s four games thus far this month. The Timberwolves surprisingly salvaged a split at Staples Center, as they defeated the Los Angeles Clippers, 108-102, behind a game-high 31 points by Andrew Wiggins. Then, Karl-Anthony Towns’s 26 points led Minnesota to a 112-105 win over the Chicago Bulls, but the team lost to New Orleans on Monday.
2-3-16: On Tuesday, Andrew Wiggins scored 30 points and blocked two shots while Ricky Rubio registered a game-high 15 assists, but Kobe Bryant was too much for the Timberwolves, as Minnesota lost, 119-115, to dropped its fifth consecutive game. On the bright side, Zach LaVine, who has been playing very well recently, once again scored double-digit points.
1-12-16: On a six-game losing streak, the Minnesota Timberwolves are struggling against both the good and bad teams around the league as evident to their losses against the Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets and Cleveland Cavaliers in their last four games. This week they have two matchups against the Oklahoma City Thunder and a road game against the Houston Rockets.
1-4-16: It was a poor holiday stretch for the Minnesota Timberwolves, who went 3-7 in their last 10 games and are losers of two straight games. Now at 10 games below .500, the Timberwolves look to win on the road against the Philadelphia 76ers before three straight homes games against the Denver Nuggets, Cleveland Cavaliers and Dallas Mavericks.
12-28-15: The Minnesota Timberwolves did not fare well during their stretch against quality opponents, losing three straight games to the Boston Celtics, San Antonio Spurs and Indiana Pacers. This week they have four games against the Spurs, Utah Jazz, Detroit Pistons and Milwaukee Bucks to try and stop the bleeding.
12-21-15: Although they’re 3-7 in their last 10 games, the Minnesota Timberwolves have won back-to-back games against the Sacramento Kings and Brooklyn Nets to pull within five games of .500. A road game against the Boston Celtics is on deck before two straight home games against the San Antonio Spurs and Indiana Pacers.
12-11-15: Oddly enough, the Timberwolves have a better record on the road (6-3) compared to home (3-9). Luckily for them, the TWolves have two road games this weekend against the Nuggets and Suns.
11-20-15: The Timberwolves have had one of the toughest schedules to start the season in terms of play consecutive games. After a hot start they’re 3-7 in their last 10 games had a two-day break before playing the Pistons on Friday night.
11-13-15: Has the Minnesota Timberwolves plan finally arrived? It’s too early to tell, but their 4-4 start shows they’ve been competitive in every game thus far. Oddly enough, the Timberwolves have a 4-0 road record but have yet to win a game at home.
11-5-15: The youthful Minnesota Timberwolves, fueled by having heavy hearts for the passing of Flip Saunders, are .500 through four games after winning their first two, but dropping the following two. Ricky Rubio’s hot start has surprised many, and the No. 1 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft Karl Anthony-Towns is proving his worth early on in the season.
10-6-15: Last season's Rookie of the Year Andrew Wiggins and the Minnesota Timberwolves begin their preseason schedule tomorrow night against the Oklahoma City Thunder at home at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. They are also the home team in their second game against the Chicago Bulls on October 10th, when they play at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Canada.
3-31-15: The Minnesota Timberwolves still have a mathematical chance at the playoffs this season after posting a 15-53 record but the chances of that happening are slim to none after struggling for much of this season. Rather than gearing up for a playoff push the team is instead working towards the draft and the 2015/2016 NBA season. The Timberwolves started this week by staying at home in Minnesota to play host to the Charlotte Hornets. During the game the Hornets defense got tough when it counted holding the Timberwolves to just 39 points in the second half en route to a 109-89 victory over Minnesota. The leading scorer in the contest was Mo Williams who had 24 points for the Hornets while Al Jefferson pulled down 11 rebounds in the victory for Charlotte. Meanwhile the scoring attack for the Wolves was led by Dieng who had 16 points but it was not enough in the loss for Minnesota. For the Timberwolves next contest the team made the trip out to Utah to face off with Gordon Hayward and the Utah Jazz. During the game four quarters could not decide a winner between the Utah Jazz and the Minnesota Timberwolves and these two teams went into overtime. This game came down to who would have the basketball last as these two teams traded bucket for bucket and shot for shot for much of the contest. When the final buzzer rang the Minnesota Timberwolves and Andrew Wiggins were able to come out on top over Gordon Hayward and the Utah Jazz by the final score of 106-104. For the Timberwolves next contest the team made the trip back home to Minnesota to play host to Jeremy Lin and the Los Angeles Lakers. During the game four quarters could not decide a winner between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Los Angeles Lakers so these two teams went into overtime. Los Angeles took a big first quarter lead before Minnesota chipped away at it in the second and third and closing the gap to just seven entering the fourth. In the fourth the Timberwolves closed the gap and tied the game up at 90 each before the last buzzer sounded forcing the extra five minute period. In the overtime the Lakers had the hotter shooting hand and were able to narrowly escape with a 101-99 victory over Minnesota. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 16-55. Get your tickets for next week as the team plays a pair of road games against the Houston Rockets and the New Orleans Pelicans before returning home to play host to the Utah Jazz and the Toronto Raptors.
3-24-15: The Minnesota Timberwolves have turned their attention away from the playoffs and now have their sights set on the NBA Draft Lottery and the 2015/2016 season. The team took another step in the wrong direction last week and currently sports a 14-49 record. The Timberwolves started this week by making the trip to Oklahoma City to face off with Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder. During the contest Russell Westbrook continued to post triple doubles and the Thunder continued to win as Oklahoma City won the game by the final score of 113-99. Westbrook led the Thunder’s scoring attack with 29 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists while Enes Kanter added 23 points in the victory for Oklahoma City. Meanwhile the scoring attack for the Timberwolves was led by 21 points from Gorgui Dieng and 19 points from Andrew Wiggins but it was not enough in the loss for Minnesota. For the Timberwolves next contest the team made the trip to San Antonio to face off with Tony Parker and the San Antonio Spurs. During the contest San Antonio had maybe their best game of the season offensively as the team scored no less than 29 points in a quarter in a 123-97 victory over Minnesota. The Spurs scoring leader was Kawhi Leonard who had 15 points in the game with the help of eight assists from Tony Parker in the victory. Meanwhile the Timberwolves scoring attack was led by Kevin Martin who had 19 points but it was not enough in the loss for Minnesota. The Timberwolves were back out on the road the very next night at home in Minnesota playing host to Jarrett Jack and the Brooklyn Nets. During the game the Nets offense exploded eclipsing the 30 point plateau in each of the first three quarters in an eventual 122-106 victory over Minnesota. The leading scorer in the contest was Kevin Martin who had 23 points for the Timberwolves while Andrew Wiggins added six rebounds in the loss for Minnesota. Meanwhile the scoring attack for the Nets was led by Joe Johnson who had 22 points while Mason Plumlee added nine rebounds in the victory for Brooklyn. For the Timberwolves next contest the team made the trip to our neighbors from the north to face off with the Toronto Raptors. During the game the Wolves and the Raptors traded buckets for much of the first half before Toronto took over in the third quarter in an eventual 105-100 victory. The leading scorer in the contest was Kevin Martin who had 37 points for Minnesota but had little scoring help from his supporting cast in the loss for the Timberwolves. Meanwhile the scoring attack for the Raptors was led by DeMar DeRozan who had 21 points while Jonas Valanciunas had 15 rebounds in the victory for Toronto. For the final game of the week for the Timberwolves the team made the trip out to Madison Square Garden to face off with the New York Knicks. During the game four quarters could not decide a winner between the Knicks and the Timberwolves as these two teams went into overtime. In the second straight overtime game for the Knicks the team had to stage a huge third quarter in which they outscored Minnesota by eight points to force the extra period. The Timberwolves were held to just 31 points in the second half but were able to outscore the Knicks in the overtime to win the game by the final score of 95-92. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 15-53. Get your tickets for next week as the team stays home to host the Charlotte Hornets before traveling to Utah to take on the Utah Jazz. The team will then finish their week off back at home in Minnesota when the team plays host to the Los Angeles Lakers.
3-3-15: The Minnesota Timberwolves come into the week fresh and rested up after the NBA All Star Week hoping to turn around one of the worst records in the NBA this season boasting an 11-42 record. The Timberwolves started this week by staying at home in Minnesota to play host to the Phoenix Suns. During the contest the Timberwolves did not have Garnett active for the game after acquiring him at the trading deadline but Kevin Martin was active for Minnesota and scored 28 points in a 111-109 victory over the Suns. Meanwhile Phoenix was shorthanded after trading Isaiah Thomas at the trading deadline and could not take advantage of 31 points from Markieff Morris in the loss for the Suns. Brandon Knight who was also acquired by Phoenix before the trading deadline was also inactive for the contest. For the Timberwolves next contest the team made the trip out to Houston to face off against James Harden and the rest of the Houston Rockets. During the contest the Timberwolves managed to shoot just 33% from the field as a team after introducing Kevin Garnett back to team in a 113-102 loss to Houston. Andrew Wiggins scored 30 points on the night to lead Minnesota in scoring while Kevin Martin added 21 points but it was not enough in the loss for the Timberwolves. Meanwhile the Rockets scoring attack was led by 31 points from James Harden while Josh Smith added 17 points in the victory for Houston. For the Timberwolves next contest the team stayed home in Minnesota to introduce Kevin Garnett to John Wall and the Washington Wizards. During the game Washington was held to just 77 points on the night which was not nearly enough in a 97-77 loss to Minnesota. The Timberwolves welcomes back Kevin Garnett to the team where his career started and in his first game he posted five points and eight rebounds while Kevin Martin added 28 points and Andrew Wiggins scored 19 points in the victory for Minnesota. Meanwhile the Wizards scoring attack was led by 13 points from Otto Porter while Nene added 12 points but it was not nearly enough in the loss for Washington. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 13-43. Get your tickets for next week as the team travels to Chicago to take on the Chicago Bulls before returning home to Minnesota to play host to the Memphis Grizzlies, the Los Angeles Clippers and the Denver Nuggets.
2-20-15: The Minnesota Timberwolves enters the NBA’s All Star Weekend with no much to cheer about as the team has posted one of the worst records in the NBA this season with an 11-42 record. The
Timberwolves started this week by watching Andrew Wiggins become the MVP of the World vs. USA
Rising Stars Game dropping 22 points and pulling down 12 rebounds in the victory for the World. Gorgui
Dieng also participated in the game for the World and added 14 points in the victory. Zach LaVine and
Shabazz Muhammad also played in the game for Team USA and scored 22 points and 10 points
respectively but it was not enough in the loss for the US. The next night LaVine was back out on the
court in NBA All Star Saturday night as he competed in the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest. During the first
round LaVine garnered a perfect score of 50 with his first dunk. With his second dunk LaVine grabbed 50
more points which made for a total of 100 points which was good enough to send him to the finals
against Victor Oladipo. In the finals LaVine’s dunk got him another 45 points with his first dunk while the
second dunk landed him 49 points for a total score of 94 points. With that 94 point total LaVine was
named the 2015 Sprite Slam Dunk Contest taking down Oladipo in convincing and exciting fashion. The
next night NBA All Star Weekend culminated with the playing of the 2014/2015 NBA All Star Game. The
All Star Game pit the best of the Eastern Conference against the best of the Western Conference in a
contest that defense was thrown out the window in lieu of loads of offense. These two teams did not
disappoint in the offensive department as these two teams combined for 321 points total on the night
inside Madison Square Garden. Leading the way for the Western Conference was Russell Westbrook
who had 41 points winning the MVP Award while James Harden added another 29 points for the West.
In the East the hometown hero Carmelo Anthony had 14 points in front of his home crowd while LeBron
James led the way with 30 points. It was not enough for Carmelo and LeBron in the contest as the
Western Conference once again showed its dominance in a 163-158 victory over the Eastern Conference
in the 2015 NBA All Star Game. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 11-42.
2-9-15: The Minnesota Timberwolves came into the week still sitting as one of the cellar dwellers in the Western
Conference this season posting an 8-37 record. The Timberwolves started this week by making the trip
to Philadelphia to take on the Philadelphia 76ers. During the contest the Sixers shot 50% from the field
as a team and rode the hot shooting hand of Luc Mbah a Moute to take down the Timberwolves by the
final score of 103-94. Moute led the Sixers with 18 points on the day while Michael Carter Williams
added 17 points in the victory for Philadelphia. Kevin Martin was the leading scorer for the
Timberwolves with 19 points while Nikola Pekovic added 18 points in the loss for Minnesota. The
Wolves were back out on the court the very next night at home in Minnesota when the team played
host to the Cleveland Cavaliers. During the contest Cleveland won their second game in as many nights
behind a huge night from LeBron James. James led all scorers in the contest with 36 points while Kevin
Love led the team in rebounding with 17 rebounds in a 106-90 victory over Minnesota. The
Timberwolves offensive attack was led by 33 points from Andrew Wiggins while Nikola Pekovic grabbed
12 rebounds but it was not enough in the loss for the Timberwolves. For the Wolves next contest the
team made the trip to Dallas to take on the Dallas Mavericks. During the contest Dallas outlasted the
Timberwolves despite a slow fourth quarter to win the game 100-94. Despite 19 points from Kevin
Martin and 10 rebounds from Pekovic the Western Conference’s worst team was not able to take down
the Mavericks. In the victory Monta Ellis led Dallas with 23 points while Tyson Chandler added 10
rebounds in the victory for the Mavericks. For the Timberwolves next contest the team stayed at home
in Minnesota to play host to Chris Bosh and the Miami Heat. During the game the Heat exploded in the
third quarter with 32 points taking seven point lead into the fourth quarter but could not stop Kevin
Martin. In the final quarter Minnesota came roaring back led by Martin’s 30 point effort helped by Mo
Williams’ 10 assists as the Timberwolves came from behind to edge the Heat 102-101. Hassan Whiteside
led Miami in scoring in rebounding with 24 points and 20 rebounds but it was not enough in the loss for
the Heat. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 9-40. Get
your tickets for next week as the team stays home to play host to the Memphis Grizzlies before traveling to Detroit to take on the Detroit Pistons. The Wolves will then travel back home to Minnesota to finish their week off against the Atlanta Hawks and the Golden State Warriors.
1-29-15: The Minnesota Timberwolves struggled once again last week dropping games and dropping their overall record to 6-31 on the 2014/2015 NBA season. The Timberwolves started this week by traveling to
Phoenix to take on the run and gun offense of the Phoenix Suns. During the contest the Suns once again
had the hot hand shooting 55% from the field as a team in an easy 110-99 victory over the
Timberwolves. Minnesota did their best in the contest led by 26 points from Mo Williams and 17 points
from Andrew Wiggins but it was not enough in the loss to the Suns. The offensive attack for Phoenix was
led by 21 points from Goran Dragic and 19 points from Gerald Green in the victory for the Suns. The
Wolves were back out on the court the very next night when the team traveled to Denver to take on the
Denver Nuggets. During the contest the Timberwolves used 54% shooting as a team and 91% free throw
shooting to take down the Nuggets by the final score of 113-105. Andrew Wiggins enjoyed a career night
for the Timberwolves scoring 31 points and grabbing 9 rebounds in the contest as the Wolves easily took
down the Nuggets. Denver’s offensive attack was led by 22 points from Ty Lawson but it was not enough
in the loss to Minnesota. For the next Timberwolves game the team made the trip out to Charlotte to
take on Michael Jordan’s Charlotte Hornets out on the road. During the contest Charlotte used 45%
shooting as a team and a rough night shooting from the Timberwolves to take down Minnesota by the
final score of 105-80. Charlotte’s leading scorer in the contest was Gerald Henderson who scored 17
points while Brian Roberts added 16 points in the win for the Hornets. Meanwhile Thaddeus Young did
his best for the Wolves scoring 18 points but it was not nearly enough in the loss for Minnesota. For the
Timberwolves next contest the team stayed home in Minnesota to play host to a tough Dallas Mavericks
team led by Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis. During the contest the Mavericks defense played the
Timberwolves especially tough allowing no more than 21 points in a quarter in an easy 98-75 victory for
Dallas. Chandler Parsons led the way for Dallas with 22 points as the Mavericks simply outscored
Minnesota in every quarter but the third. Andrew Wiggins led the way for Minnesota with 18 points
while Young added 11 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the team but it was not enough in the loss for the
Timberwolves. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 7-34.
Get your tickets for next week as the team stays home to play host to the New Orleans Pelicans before
playing a pair of road games against the Atlanta Hawks and the Oklahoma City Thunder. The
Timberwolves will then finish their week off back at home in Minnesota when the team plays host to the Boston Celtics.
1-12-15: The Minnesota Timberwolves came into the week reeling off another bad week that left their overall record on the season at 5-26. The Timberwolves started this week by staying home inside Minnesota to take on the Utah Jazz. During the game Utah used 51% shooting as a team and 28 points from Trey Burke to take down the Timberwolves by the final score of 101-89. During the contest Minnesota was led by Andrew Wiggins and Mo Williams who each scored 20 points but it was not enough in the loss to the Jazz. Minnesota searched for their 6th win of the season in their next contest when the team stayed home to play host to their division rivals in the Denver Nuggets. During the contest the Nuggets and the Timberwolves went back and forth in the scoring department with Denver dominating much of the first half and Minnesota dominating the majority of the second half. Denver’s attack was led by 34 points from Arron Afflalo while the team posted 62 points in the first 24 minutes. Despite Dieng’s 22 points and 12 rebound night for the Timberwolves the Nuggets held off Minnesota’s second half comeback attempt to win the game 110-101. For the Timberwolves next contest the team stayed at home in Minnesota to play host to Eric Bledsoe and the Phoenix Suns. During the contest it was easy to see very early on that the fans were in for a shootout between the Suns and the Wolves. Andrew Wiggins led the Minnesota attack and finished with 25 points while Goran Dragic matched his 25 point total with his own for the Suns. Phoenix trailed by seven points entering the fourth quarter before proceeding to hang 42 points up on the Timberwolves. Minnesota scored 33 of their own in the final 12 minutes but it was not enough in a 113-111 loss to the Suns. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 5-29. Get your tickets for next week as the team travels to Milwaukee to take on the Milwaukee Bucks before returning home to Minnesota to play host to the San Antonio Spurs. The Wolves will then finish their week off back out on the road in Indiana taking on the Indiana Pacers.
1-2-15: The Minnesota Timberwolves 2014/2015 season to date has not gone according to plan as the team has one of the worst records in all of the Western Conference posting a 5-22 overall record. The Timberwolves started this week by traveling to Denver to take on their Western Conference foes in the Denver Nuggets. During the contest these two teams played close and comparable games with the exception of one quarter. The difference in the contest came in the second quarter when Minnesota was held to just 20 points while Denver scored 27 en route to a 106-102 victory over the Wolves. Despite 23 points from Thaddeus Young the Wolves fell to Denver and 26 points from Kenneth Faried. Minnesota was back at it again the very next night when the team was in Golden State taking on Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors. During the contest Stephen Curry and the Warriors finally got back to their winning ways with a big scoring output. Curry led all scorers in the contest with 25 points while Klay Thompson added 21 in a 110-97 victory over the Wolves. Minnesota’s attack was led by 17 points from Thaddeus Young but it was not enough in the loss to the NBA’s best team. Minnesota looked to turn things around in their next contest when the team traveled to Utah to take on the Utah Jazz. During the contest the Timberwolves took a lead into the fourth quarter before giving up a late comeback to Utah. The Jazz attack was led by 26 points each from Gordon Hayward and Trey Burke in a 100-94 victory over Minnesota. The Wolves watched as Shabazz Muhammad led all scorers with 30 points on the night but it was not enough in the loss to the Jazz. To finish the week off the Timberwolves returned home to Minnesota to play host to their rivals the Sacramento Kings. During the contest the Kings shot an impressive 54% from the field en route to a 110-107 victory over the Timberwolves. The Kings also used nine more free throws and 21 points each from Rudy Gay and Darren Collison in their narrow victory over Minnesota. The Timberwolves attack was led by 27 points from Andrew Wiggins but it was not enough in the loss to Sacramento. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 5-26. Get your tickets for next week as the team stays home in Minnesota all week to play host to the Utah Jazz, the Denver Nuggets and the Phoenix Suns.
12-22-14: The Minnesota Timberwolves start to the 2014/2015 season has not gone according to plan as the team has struggled while posting a 5-16 record. The Timberwolves started this week by traveling home to Minnesota to play host to the Oklahoma City Thunder. During the contest Oklahoma City’s shooting was on fire as the team finished with 51% shooting while holding Minnesota to just 46% from the field. Russell Westbrook led all scorers with 34 points while Kevin Durant added 16 in a 111-92 victory over the Timberwolves. Andrew Wiggins had 18 points for Minnesota but it was not enough for the suddenly high powered offense in Oklahoma City. The Wolves hoped for better results in their next contest when the team traveled home to Minnesota to host Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers. During in the contest the Lakers star Kobe Bryant passed another great in NBA history when his 26 points were enough to pass Michael Jordan on the All-Time scoring list. While the milestone was great Bryant wanted a win and his teammates led by 22 points from Carlos Boozer propelled Los Angeles to a 100-94 victory. Minnesota’s attack was led by 28 points from Shabazz Muhammad but it was not enough for the home team. Minnesota looked to turn things around in their next contest when the team traveled to Washington to take on the Washington Wizards. During the contest the Wizards held the Wolves to just 44% shooting while Washington had the hot hand on the night shooting an even 50% from the field. Washington also used seven extra free throws and 23 points from Rasual Butler to distance them from Minnesota. The Timberwolves watched Thaddeus Young lead all scorers in the contest with 29 points but it was not enough in a 109-95 victory for the Wizards. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 5-19. Get your tickets for next week as the team travels to Boston to take on the Boston Celtics before coming back home to play host to the Indiana Pacers. Minnesota will then finish their week off back out on the road in Cleveland taking on the Cleveland Cavaliers.
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.