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Wolves Hit The Wall In 103-96 Loss To Wizards

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Love Gets 50th Straight Double-Double In Loss To Wizards

Kevin Love is seeing more 20/20s lately than your local optometrist, but despite Love's third consecutive game of at least 20 points and 20 rebounds, the Wolves lost their second of those three games tonight in Washington, D.C.

John Wall led the Wizards with 18 points and 11 assists, as the Wizards snapped their seven-game losing streak with a 103-96 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves tonight at the Verizon Center. Andray Blatche led the victors with 20 points, while Maurice Evans chipped in with 15.

Love put up 20 points and 21 rebounds for Minnesota tonight, giving him his 50th consecutive double-double. That puts him one short of the mark that Moses Malone set in the 1978-79 season, the longest post-merger streak in NBA history. Michael Beasley added 18, and Wayne Ellington put up 15 points, five rebounds, and four assists.

The Wolves had a four-point lead going into the fourth quarter, but the Wizards outscored Minnesota 35-24 in the final stanza to take him the victory in front of their home fans.

Minnesota's next game will take place on Monday when they return to the Target Center to host the Dallas Mavericks.


Timberwolves Travel To Washington To Battle Wizards

A couple of NBA cellar dwellers will be getting together tonight in Washington, D.C., and something is going to have to give one way or another.

The Minnesota Timberwolves, despite their victory in Detroit this past week, only have five road wins in the entire 2010-11 season. The Washington Wizards have lost seven consecutive games, and have the same number of wins this season (15) as the Timberwolves. Of the Wizards' 15 wins, however, 14 of them have come at the Verizon Center, where tonight's game will take place.

The Wolves hung tight with the Philadelphia 76ers in their last game, even getting another 20/20 performance from Kevin Love. However, a late 10-0 Philadelphia run sealed their fate, as they fell to the Sixers 111-100. The Wizards missed what would have been a game-tying three pointer at the end of their game against the Golden State Warriors, and wound up losing 106-102.

When these two teams met back on January 13 in Minneapolis, it was the Wolves that came out with a victory, 109-97. Kevin Love led the way for Minnesota that night with 35 points and 11 rebounds, and will look to have a similar performance as the Wolves look to sweep another Eastern Conference opponent, as they've done with both the Cleveland Cavaliers and Detroit Pistons thus far this season.

Tip off for this one is scheduled for 6:00 PM Central time this evening, and you can watch the action on My29, listen to it on KFAN-AM 1130, or jump into the Game Thread with our good friends over at Canis Hoopus.


Late 10-0 Run By Philadelphia Drops Wolves, 111-100

Another monster game from Kevin Love wasn't enough to overcome a late collapse against the Philadelphia 76ers, as the Wolves fell tonight in Philly by a score of 111-100.

Andre Iguodala was on fire for the Sixers this evening, registering a triple-double with 22 points, 10 rebounds, and 13 assists for the victors. He was helped by 21 points from Elton Brand and 16 more off of the bench by Thaddeus Young.

Love put on another monster performance, putting up 21 points and 23 rebounds. . .his tenth 20/20 performance of the 2010-11 season. Nikola Pekovic scored 16 points, and Anthony Randolph chipped in with 12.

The Wolves actually got off to a very good start, ending the first quarter with a 31-22 lead. However, the home team came roaring back in the second quarter, as the Sixers nearly doubled the Wolves point output in that quarter to go into the locker room with a 56-49 lead. The Sixers still held a seven-point lead after three quarters, but the Wolves got to within 101-100 late in the fourth quarter before Philadelphia went on a 10-0 run to end Minnesota's chances.

The loss dropped the Timberwolves to 5-26 on the road this season, and the Sixers' win pushed them one game over the .500 mark and into the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference playoff chase.

The Timberwolves will continue their East Coast road trip tomorrow when they travel to the nation's capital to take on the Washington Wizards. For more feedback on tonight's game, check out the recap over at Canis Hoopus and join in the discussion.


Wolves Travel To Philadelphia To Take On 76ers

The last time these two teams got together, the Sixers left the Target Center with a win, pummeling the Wolves by 20 points, 107-87. Tonight, fresh off of a road win against a team in turmoil in Detroit, the Wolves look to keep the momentum alive and reverse their fortunes against a team in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Our friends at Canis Hoopus have broken down the match-ups again, and here's the one that stands out.

Kevin Love vs. Elton Brand

A lot of numb#rs are being thrown around about what Kevin Love is worth. Is he worth a max deal? is he worth $70 million? How will the new CBA impact how much we can, and how much we will, pay him?

I'm not sure I know the correct answer to those questions. Hopefully, we'll be able to pay him something, which means that he is still playing for the Minnesota Timberwolves. As good as Love is playing this season, I think the team should try to feature him more in the offense. The pick-and-pop works well, so run it more often (or tell Jonny Flynn to actually look for the 'pop'). Maybe throw it to him in the post and let him go to work from time to time. If we can improve his game to the point where he can consistently create his own shot, Love will be worth whatever we can give him. 

How much is Elton Brand worth?

Winner: Kevin Love

I think that Kevin Love is going to be the "winner" against a lot of guys at his position these days, what with his double-double streak and everything.

There isn't any local television coverage for this one, but you can hear the game on KFAN-AM 1130, or you can jump into the Game Thread over at Canis Hoopus to follow the action.


Hot-Shooting Timberwolves Top Pistons, 116-105

The Minnesota Timberwolves got some big contributions from some unexpected sources at the Palace of Auburn Hills tonight, as they got a rare road win against the Detroit Pistons, 116-105 on Wednesday night.

Kevin Love had 20 points and 20 rebounds. . .his eighth 20/20 game of the season. . .but the biggest shock was definitely the play of point guard Jonny Flynn. Flynn, who has been (rightly) much maligned since his return from the D-League, only had seven points on the evening, but contributed with 14 assists and only turned the ball over twice on the evening. Those assists helped the Wolves to shoot 52.6% from the field on their way to tonight's 11-point victory.

Not to be overlooked were the contributions of Minnesota's bench. The Pistons had a 32-30 lead after the first quarter, but the Minnesota bench eventually wore them down. In fact, the Minnesota bench scored 33 straight points for the Timberwolves. . .the last eight of the first quarter and the first 25 of the second quarter. By the time the teams went to the locker room at the half, Minnesota had a 63-61 lead.

The newest Timberwolf, Anthony Randolph, chipped in with 19 points on the night, and rookie Lazar Hayward tossed in 16.

Austin Daye led the Pistons in scoring with 22, and Greg Monroe added 18 points and 11 rebounds in a losing effort.

For more on the fallout from this one, be sure to check out the good folks at Canis Hoopus.


Wolves Travel To Detroit, Look To Sweep Pistons

The Timberwolves are looking for a rare season sweep of an opponent this evening, as they travel to the Palace of Auburn Hills to take on the Detroit Pistons. The Wolves won the first match-up of the year between these two teams back in Minnesota, and will be looking to complete the deal this evening.

The folks over at Canis Hoopus have broken down all of the match-ups for this game, and are projecting a rare Timberwolves' road victory tonight.

Luke Ridnour vs. Rodney Stuckey

Choosing Rodney Stuckey over Chauncey Billups is probably not the worst basketball decision of the past ten years. Chris Wallace traded Pau Gasol to save money and then spent it all on Zach Randolph and Rudy Gay anyway. Mark Cuban decided not to resign Steve Nash. The Hawksdecided to draft Marvin Williams over Chris Paul and Deron Williams.

But Stuckey over Billups has not been a great one. Has Stuckey been as underwhelming for Detroit fans as Jonny Flynn has been for some Minnesota fans (not me, of course; I still love J-Fly)? Will he get an extension from Detroit or will they just let him walk onto the free agent market? How far back will the Billups decision set the Pistons' franchise back?

Luke Ridnour is going to embarrass him tonight, provided that Luke watched those "How to Run a Successful Fast Break" video tapes that I sent him.

Winner: Luke Ridnour

Gotta like the optimism from Canis Hoopus. . .that's why they're the best Wolves' fan site on the internet.

Jump into the Game Thread at Canis Hoopus, or watch the action on Fox Sports North. . .or, if neither of those are an option, turn your AM radio to KFAN 1130.


Timberwolves Fight Hard, Fall 90-79 To Lakers

Rather than regale you with my take on the game, let's kick this off with what Canis Hoopus has to say about tonight's match-up against the Lakers.

Does SB Nation have a WWE blog?  Do I even need to write a game wrap about this one?  Was there any doubt about what would happen? The Lakers slog through the 1st half (hey, there's Joe Smith on the bench!) while complaining non-stop to the refs about the calls and exerting very little to zero effort.  

At the half, Phil Jackson finds time to pick his head up from Jeanie Buss's Twitter feed on his BlackBerry to give a thrilling Gipper-esque speech: "Guys.  For sh%ts sake. Guys."  

How zen. 

The Lakers then come out with no noticeable extra energy but amazingly their tackling defense is tighter and their non-stop bitching aggressiveness pays off with trip after trip after trip to the line. The fans at the Target Center reward the World Champs for their half-assed valiant road effort with an relative smattering avalanche of cheers.  The Laker announcers gush about Minnesota Nice.  

Wes Johnson played his ass off tonight.  On both ends of the court he outplayed the cartoonishly coasting (on everything) Kobe Bryant and he was rewarded with 6 ridiculous foul calls, a smirking Bryant, and a lesson in how the NBA is rigged really works for the wrestlers with the fancy intros big name teams and players. 

Ugh, sometimes I just don't know about this league anymore.  That was a really, really tough game to take seriously, let alone make it all the way through the 2nd half without wanting to go do laundry or wash the dishes.  At least the game finished in time for me to turn off the Twitter feed before the Charlie Sheen nonsense started.

(For the record, SB Nation does, indeed, have a fine WWE blog called Cageside Seats. If you like the wrestling as much as I do, they should be a big part of your internet regimen.)

But the NBA has been like this ever since the Jordan era. Stars get the calls, as they always have, and the little guy gets hosed. The best we can hope for is that the Wolves are on the other side of that equation someday, but I wouldn't hold my breath for it happening any time soon.

Such is life as a Minnesota professional sports team. Most of us are used to this sort of thing by now.


Timberwolves To Take On Lakers Tonight At Target Center

Coming off their emotional win over Golden State, the Wolves will host a slightly more formidable opponent this evening when they get a visit from Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers.

Our friends over at Canis Hoopus have an interesting perspective on tonight's game, taking the opportunity to channel their inner Hollywood superstars and put together their own Timberwolves awards show. My personal favorite?

Best Director - David Kahn

Anyone who has ever worked on a film set knows that it is important to have a skilled director involved with the project. The director not only helps select the cast, he or she also sets the tone for the entire production. Some directors, like James Cameron and Steven Spielberg, are well known for their quality work. Others, like M. Night Shyamalan and Vincent Gallo are the opposite of that.

The Timberwolves have been directed this season by David Kahn, a skilled director who has been involved with previous successes like the Indiana Pacers and the NBA Developmental League. He has created a wonderful and cohesive atmosphere among all of the cast and crew. The finished product should go down as historic in Minnesota basketball film history.

Mitch Kupcheck just took over an already-established franchise. Anyone can do that.

Good stuff right there.

Tonight's game tips off at 7:00 PM Central time, and you can watch the action on Fox Sports North, listen to it on KFAN-AM 1130, or jump into the Game Thread at Canis Hoopus.

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