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The good news is that the Minnesota Timberwolves were able to hold Phoenix Suns’ point guard Steve Nash to just nine assists. The bad news is that the Suns barely played their starters, aside from Marcin Gortat who finished with 20 points to go with 16 rebounds — and still left Minnesota on Wednesday night with 108-98 victory over the Wolves.
Michael Beasley led the Wolves with 24 points, 11 rebounds and five steals to nearly offset his five turnovers, but the Wolves — without Kevin Love due to his groin injury — were unable to pick up the victory. With a record of 17-62, Minnesota now has the worst record in the league since the Cleveland Cavaliers won their third straight game earlier in the evening.
Martell Webster finished with 13 points on 5-of-5 shooting, but didn’t have many positive things to say postgame.“All young guys want to be the top scorers in the league,” Webster told NBA.com’s Phil Miller. “They don’t understand what it takes to win. You’ve got to let them flesh it out, and just hope they get it out of their system fast, because then you can move on.”
Anthony Randolph, the Wolves rebounder while Love is out, finished with just three rebounds while scoring 19 points in 28 minutes.
The Wolves now go on the road to play the Denver Nuggets on Saturday. After that game, this season will be closer to being complete.
The Minnesota Timberwolves literally have nothing left to play for this season aside from maybe trying to end their current 11-game losing streak so I can’t blame them for holding Kevin Love out, but tonight’s game against Steve Nash and the Phoenix Suns won’t be an easy game to watch.
Love is out with the lingering groin injury that’s caused him to miss the last few games, more than likely leaving Michael Beasley to start at power forward for the third straight game. Last game out, Beasley put forth a nice all-around effort with 20 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds, but he made just seven of his 17 attempts from the field and was unable to hit a game-winning three-pointer as time expired.
For the Suns, Steve Nash will be looking to post the second-straight 20+ assist performance against the Wolves in as many nights after Deron Williams had a career-high 21 in last night’s game against the Nets. When the Wolves visited Phoenix earlier this season, Nash had 19 dimes in a 128-122 Suns victory.
After tonight’s game, the Wolves only have three games left in the season — including a rematch of tonight’s game on Monday night in Phoenix.
The Minnesota Timberwolves looked like they were going to be able to force overtime in Tuesday night’s game against the New Jersey Nets after Michael Beasley’s jumper with 7.8 seconds left in the contest pulled the teams even at 105 apiece.
Unfortunately Deron Williams, who had a career-high 21 assists, decided it was time for him to score as he hit a step-back jumper with 1.7 seconds left in the contest to give the Nets a 107-105 victory and ensure the Timberwolves will now have to lug around an 11-game losing streak.
The Timberwolves were without both Kevin Love and Darko Milicic, who stayed home due to injuries, but somehow still won the rebounding battle 57-44. That would typically mean the Wolves should have won, but when Anthony Randolph and Nikola Pekovic combine for 11 turnovers, the ending will rarely swing in favor of the Wolves.
Beasley put forth a nice all-around effort with 20 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds, but he made just seven of his 17 attempts from the field and was unable to hit a three-point attempt as time expired. Randolph again had a double-double in the absence of Love with 20 points and 10 rebounds, but his six turnovers certainly didn’t help.
Brook Lopez feasted inside due to the absence of Milicic and Love, posting 30 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks. Aside from Williams’ career-night in assists, he also dropped in 18 points.
The Wolves will host the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night.
One thing that would have been interesting to watch this evening — if you’re not into watching two losing teams late in the season, that is — would have been the battle between Kevin Love and former Minnesota Golden Gopher Kris Humphries.
Unfortunately, both of the double-double machines are sitting out with injuries and instead the loyal fans listening to tonight’s game on the radio will instead be subjected to Michael Beasley and Travis Outlaw masquerading as power forwards.
Wolves’ beatwriter Jerry Zgoda tweeted the following: Rare night when neither team is telecasting game. Only way to follow #Timberwolves-Nets is on the radio or by my insightful Twitter updates.
Unfortunately, there are four quarters in NBA basketball and Dwyane Wade and his teammates decided they weren’t going to lose, resulting a 25-1 Heat run early in the third quarter to defeat the Wolves 111-92 at the Target Center.
Impressively, Dwyane Wade scored 32 points — 16 in the third quarter alone — while fellow Heat all-stars LeBron James and Chris Bosh chipped in double-doubles to keep the Heat in the mix for the top seed in the Eastern Conference with just six games left until the NBA playoffs begin. James scored 27 points and added 10 assists while Bosh had 24 points and 11 assists.
The Wolves surprisingly struggled in the rebounding department, losing that battle 55-39 thanks to a substandard seven rebounds from Kevin Love along with his 17 points. Martell Webster led the team in scoring with 22 points on 4-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc.
The Wolves left after the game to head to Memphis to play the Grizzlies on Saturday night.
The Minnesota Timberwolves don’t have much to play for tonight as a team, but forward Michael Beasley probably has a bit to prove as he faces LeBron James and the Miami Heat — the team that drafted him — on his new homecourt.
Beasley, a 6-foot-10 forward and the former No. 2 overall pick by the Heat in the 2008 NBA Draft, is averaging 18.9 points and 5.5 rebounds in 66 starts for the Timberwolves this season after being traded by Miami to Minnesota during last summer’s Vegas Summer League for two future second round picks and cash considerations.
The reason Beasley was traded from the Heat was to make room for LeBron James in the starting lineup. With Miami this season, James is averaging 26.6 points, 7.5 rebounds and 6.9 assists while helping Miami — along with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh — to the second best record in the NBA’s Eastern Conference.
If the Wolves lose tonight, it will be the team’s ninth-straight loss.
The Minnesota Timberwolves were blown out in a 108-91 loss to the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night, which isn't good considering Chicago was missing starting center Joakim Noah and the Wolves had Kevin Love returning from a three-game absence.
"For whatever reason, it wasn't there tonight," Wolves coach Kurt Rambis told the media after the game. "We didn't bring the effort and intensity and focus for the vast majority of the ballgame."
Aside from a lack of effort and intensity and focus, however, not everything that happened on Wednesday night at the Target Center was a negative for the home team.
For instance, Love returned from injury to contribute a near-double-double with 16 points and nine rebounds in less than 27 minutes of action despite the recent groin injury. Well, Love actually only scored 14 points, but was the closest man to the basket when Bulls forward TaJ Gibson tipped the ball into the wrong basket on accident. Since Love was the closest Wolves player, however, he was credited with the basket. Way to be close to the basket while tricking the other team into scoring baskets for you, Mr. Love.
Another positive is that coach Kurt Rambis allowed all of the starters plenty of rest for the upcoming
playoff run drawn-out, lockout-laden offseason. In fact, no starter played more than 28 minutes and all of them sat on the bench during the fourth quarter while watching the Wolves' bench outscore the Bulls' bench -- and Kurt Thomas -- 25-22. This obviously means the Wolves bench is deep.
The Timberwolves' stingy defense also held NBA MVP candidate Derrick Rose to his worst scoring performance over Chicago's last five games as Rose with just 23 points on 5-of-14 shooting from the field. Rose also finished with 10 assists, just one turnover, shot 4-of-9 from beyond the arc and sat out the entire fourth quarter, but the Wolves can still hang their hat on holding him to a mere 23 points after he scored 31 against the Philadelphia 76ers last game.
Lazar Hayward played for the 37th time this season and even scored three points!
Kevin Love would probably be considered an MVP candidate if the Minnesota Timberwolves were able to muster more than 17 wins so far this season. Instead, it’s Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose — visiting the Target Center tonight — who is garnering quite a bit of attention when it comes to those discussing who might be the NBA’s most valuable player.
Tonight hopefully goes better than the last meeting between these two teams, which ended in a 31-point loss on December 11.
Love is listed as day-to-day on the team’s official injury report and could make his return tonight after missing the team’s previous three and a half games due to a groin injury. In his absence, Anthony Randolph and Anthony Tolliver were able to produce double-doubles, but having Love available again certainly helps the Wolves chances of winning.
While this game doesn’t mean anything for the Wolves — aside from a better chance at more lottery balls, I guess — the Bulls actually need to win this to stay atop the Eastern Conference to hold off the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics.
The Minnesota Timberwolves trailed 32-13 to the Boston Celtics on Sunday at the Target Center, but never gave up — and nearly came back — before eventually falling 85-82 to give the team its seventh-straight loss.
The Wolves actually led in the third quarter after putting together a 21-7 run, but Boston’s talent eventually took over as Paul Pierce scored 23 points and former Wolves player Kevin Garnett picked up a double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds in 33 minutes.
For Minnesota, Anthony Randolph returned to earth. After averaging 27.5 points and 13.0 rebounds over the past two games, Kevin Love’s replacement scored three points, turned the ball over three times and grabbed for rebounds while missing all five of his field goal attempts.
Anthony Tolliver, the team’s other power forward (and other Anthony), was able to do a nice Love impression off the bench as he scored 16 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and added four blocks while spelling the ineffective Randolph. Michael Beasley also scored a game-high 28 points on 28 shots.
The bright side? The Wolves’ current losing streak isn’t quite as bad as the Minnesota Wild’s eight-game losing streak.
The dark side? Everything else.
The Minnesota Timberwolves will look to discontinue their six-game losing streak this evening at the Target Center against the Boston Celtics, but if that doesn’t happen — and let’s face it, it isn’t likely — Anthony Randolph continuing a streak of his own would be a nice consolation prize for Wolves fans looking for positives.
Randolph, a potential-laden power forward that has yet to make his mark in pro basketball, was inserted into the starting lineup for the Wolves past two games against the Dallas Mavericks and Oklahoma City Thunder because Kevin Love was out with a groin injury and responded with back-to-back double-doubles. It pales in comparison to Love’s 53-game streak, but at least it shows that the Wolves might have something to build on off of their bench.
the most meaningful Minnesotan match-up to watch would be former franchise player Kevin Garnett squaring off against current franchise player Kevin Love in a Battle of the Kevins. That seems unlikely due to Love’s injury, however, though he was listed as questionable on the Wolves’ injury report.
Even without Kevin Love, the Minnesota Timberwolves have a consistent double-double threat in the starting lineup. Anthony Randolph, Love’s replacement for as long as the power forward is out with his groin injury, put up 24 points and 15 rebounds on Friday night.
Despite Randolph’s contributions, however, the Wolves were still defeated 111-103 as the Oklahoma City Thunder used a balanced attack to take out the Love-less Timberwolves.
The Wolves actually hung with the Thunder through three quarters, even pulling within 82-80 after trailing by 16, but the trio of Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka proved to be too much.
The Wolves starters were fine as Michael Beasley scored 20, Darko Milicic had 16, Luke Ridnour had 12 and Wes Johnson scored 10 to go with Randolph’s game-high 24, but Minnesota’s bench mustered an inefficient 23 points on 21 shot attempts to keep the Wolves from winning.
The Thunder had seven players in double figures, led by Durant’s 23.
Without Kevin Love — who missed his first game of the season Thursday night against the Dallas Mavericks — one would think that the Minnesota Timberwolves probably shouldn’t expect much out of the power forward position.
That person (me) would be wrong, however, as Anthony Randolph performed admirably in Love’s position as the potential-laden power forward scored 31 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in 36 minutes of playing time on Thursday night.
Dirk Nowitzki, Randolph’s opposition from Dallas, nearly matched that output with 30 points and 11 rebounds of his own, however, as the Mavericks went picked up their 50th victory of the season in a 104-96 victory over the struggling Wolves. It was the 11th straight season that the Mavericks have won at least 50 games.
The Minnesota Timberwolves will look a bit different — and not in a good way — as they begin their two-game road trip tonight with a game against the Dallas Mavericks. Instead of reliable employee No. 42, Kevin Love of the 53-game double-double streak, the Wolves will instead insert Anthony Randolph into the starting lineup.
Randolph, acquired at the trade deadline from the New York Knicks, will be making the 31st start of his career but just his first start this season. Thus far with the Wolves, Randolph is averaging 7.8 points and 3.8 rebounds in a bit more than 15 minutes per game.
On the other side of the spectrum, Peja Stojakovic is making a bit of a career resurgence with Dallas. In the veteran’s last game — his first since returning from injury — he shot 5-of-8 from beyond the arc to finish with 17 points in 19 minutes.
It won’t be easy without Love tonight, but I guess nothing is impossible.
Not a lot of good things have happened to Kevin Love recently: his double-double has ended, his team has lost seven of its last nine games and he had to leave in the second quarter of the Minnesota Timberwolves game against the Sacramento Kings due to a groin injury.
It’s not getting any better, either.
It was announced today that Love will miss Minnesota’s upcoming two-game road trip which begins Thursday. The injury apparently happened last week against the Utah Jazz when Love had 22 points and 11 rebounds despite shooting 8-of-18 from the field.
This means the Timberwolves will be without the power forward’s services for against both the Dallas Mavericks tomorrow night as well as Friday night’s game against Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder.
On the season, Love is averaging 20.3 points and 15.4 rebounds while starting all 71 of the Wolves games thus far.
Power forward Kevin Love was honored for his 53-game double-double streak by the Minnesota Timberwolves prior to their game against the Sacramento Kings on Sunday afternoon, but it was all down hill from there as Love left in the second quarter due to a groin injury and the Wolves dropped the game 127-95.
Love was held to just three rebounds and zero points in 14 minutes and 14 seconds of court time before leaving in the second quarter. The Wolves best player winced in pain and had trouble getting up and down the court, eventually checking himself out of the game with 3:18 to play in the first half. He went straight to the locker room and the team said he would not return.
The Wolves, who were outscored 70-47 in the second half, were led by Luke Ridnour's 22 points and four assists. Anthony Randolph replaced Kevin Love as the second half starter, but the newly-acquired forward turned the ball over seven times and picked up four fouls in addition to his 14 points.
The Kings were led by Samuel Dalembert as he scored 26 points and grabbed 17 rebounds in the absence of Love. Guard Marcus Thornton flirted with a triple-double by scoring 23 points to go with nine assists and eight rebounds.
The Wolves are now off until Thursday when they visit the Mavericks in Dallas.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have are currently on a three-game losing streak -- and they've also lost six of their past eight -- but that could all change today as the struggling Sacramento Kings (or Anaheim Royals, maybe) visit the Target Center.
Hopefully today's the day it changes, too, as the next six teams on the schedule are the Dallas Mavericks, Oklahoma City Thunder, Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls and finally the Miami Heat. If it doesn't end today, this losing streak could last a bit, folks.
Enough with the negativity, however, as CanisHoopus scribe TimAllen suggests Wolves fans all decide to become more positive in an effort to lift the collective spirits for the remainder of the season. That said, let's check out Mr. Allen's prediction for today's game:
After the Wolves demolish the Kings today, I expect a positive game wrap with nothing about Kurt Rambis' rotations, David Kahn's shorts or Glen Taylor's wedding invitations.
This is Canis Hoopus. We stay positive, even when the evidence tells us not to.
My Prediction: Timberwolves 107 - Sacramento Kings 99
Let's see if he's right.
The Minnesota Timberwolves and Los Angeles Lakers shouldn't really have anything that constitutes a rivalry as the Lakers were able to defeat the Wolves for the fifteenth straight time on Friday night, but one might not be able to tell after watching the following video of Andrew Bynum as he slams Michael Beasley to the floor in the fourth quarter with the scored tied at 87 apiece.
Bynum was assessed a "flagrant foul type 2" on the play, which means that it involved a foul "committed against a player, with or without the ball, is interpreted to be unnecessary and excessive" according to the official NBA rulebook. The biggest difference between the flagrant foul 2 and the flagrant foul 1 is that the type 2 also causes the player who committed the offense to be automatically ejected from the game.
Beasley, who scored 18 points prior to the collision, had to leave the game with what was being described as a "bruised right hip."
As you can see in the above video -- and as reported by ESPN LA's Dave McMenamin -- players from both teams had to be separated after the foul and Beasley was called for a technical for his confrontation with Lakers forward Matt Barnes.
This isn't the first time Bynum has done something like this, either. In 2009, Bynum hit Gerald Wallace on his way to the basket that led to Wallace going to the hospital due to a collapsed lung and broken ribs.
The Timberwolves led the Lakers 94-93 with less than four minutes to play in the fourth quarter, but when all was said and done, Los Angeles was able to pick up its 15th straight victory over Minnesota with Friday night’s 106-98 victory.
The Wolves actually led for the majority of the first three quarters, but lost all momentum when Lakers center Andrew Bynum was hit for a flagrant-two foul after nailing Michael Beasley as he drove to the hoop in the fourth quarter that eventually resulted in Beasley and Matt Barnes jawing before they were separated.
The Lakers (49-20), spurred by Kobe Bryant, went on a 13-5 run after the incident to seal the Wolves’ fate.
Surprisingly enough, rookie wingman Wesley Johnson scored a career-high 29 points for the Timberwolves at STAPLES Center for his second nice game against Los Angeles as he scored 20 points and added eight rebounds in the Wolves last meeting with the Lakers.
Other leaders for the Wolves included Beasley, who scored 18 points before leaving due to an injury that seemingly stemmed from Bynum’s foul, and Kevin Love with 15 points and 13 rebounds for his second straight double-double.
Los Angeles was led by Pau Gasol’s 25 points while Bryant chipped in 18 on 17 shot attempts.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have been unable to beat the Lakers for over four years — March 6, 2007, to be exact — and have lost nine straight in the series at Staples Center, but the team will be looking to change that tonight in their last meeting of the season with Los Angeles.
The Wolves (17-52) really don’t have much to play for at this juncture of the season with Kevin Love’s record-breaking double-double streak recently ended and their chances at making the playoffs a distant memory, but, like most seasons, the Lakers do.
If the Lakers (48-20) win tonight, they’ll clinch the Pacific Division once again. With 14 games left in the season, however, that’s not much of a concern for L.A. tonight.
I don’t know what those bigger goals might be in the regular season so I’ll go ahead and venture a guess — holding Kevin Love without a double-double. Lamar Odom was referred to as a Love-stopper prior to the last match-up between these two teams and Andrew Bynum hasn’t been given a challenge like Love recently as the Lakers center is averaging 15.8 rebounds per game over his last six.
Oh, and Kobe Bryant is expected to be available despite not practicing all week due to a sprained ankle. Everyone should be healthy enough for the Wolves.
The Minnesota Timberwolves had hoped to repeat their victory of five days ago this evening against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City, but were unable to do so, falling to the Jazz by a score of 119-104. C.J. Miles. . .yes, I had to look him up, too. . .scored forty points for Utah tonight, while Kevin Love's double-double streak now stands at one after he scored 22 points and brought in 11 rebounds in tonight's loss.
The folks over at Canis Hoopus have come to a conclusion. . .it's time for Kurt Rambis to go.
Dwane Casey was a better coach than Kurt Rambis and he was axed for FAR less than what the Zen Apprentice has gotten away with during his embarrassing tenure with the Wolves. Casey has the 2nd highest coaching win percentage in team history (.434). He got the most out of a squad that gave him nothing in terms of respect from the get-go and was not backed up in his efforts by the front office, ownership, or the local press. Kurt Rambis has the 2nd lowest coaching win percentage in team history (.213). His team runs a nonsensical offense that has not only failed to produce results on the court, but has also led the equally inept POBO to create a roster ("these are Kurt's guys") for what doesn't work. Long, athletic, triangle, whatever. Rambis has now coached in 151 games at the head of the Wolves bench and he's won 32 of them. He shouldn't be allowed back on the plane. Then again, the Wolves do not seem to have any standards so I'm sure he'll be with us the rest of the season, maybe longer.
When McHale made his comment about inconsistency, the Wolves were 20-20. It's been downhill ever since. They've gone from 32 to 22 to 24 to 15 (15!) wins to likely another sub-20 win season. The reasons for them doing so have been obvious and, amazingly, consistent (the predictability of their failure has been the only consistent thing in the post-KG era). This is the reason why most games look exactly like all of the other ones and why all of the game wraps seem to point in one direction: It's because that's what the team does and to ignore it is insane...probably just as insane as continuing to pay money to follow a franchise that refuses to do anything different in order to win. The reason for all the negativity is because the team has consistently declining standards and they continue to push any chance of winning further and further and further off into the future. Any talk of a non Kevin Love silver lining at this point should be placed in a Fan Post called Mrs. Lincoln's Play.
With what we've seen from the Wolves recently, it's pretty hard to disagree.
Since the last time the Minnesota Timberwolves played the Utah Jazz, a lot has changed — power forward Kevin Love’s NBA record 53-game double-double streak has ended and the Timberwolves fourth winning-streak of the season (two games!) has also came to a close.
Oddly enough, that all happened in the past five days as the Jazz visited the Wolves just last Friday night.
In that game, the Wolves were once again led by Love as he scored 24 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead Minnesota to a 122-101 victory over Utah. After the game, Darko Milicic made a joking comment about the Wolves winning the rest of their games by 20 points — something the basketball gods apparently frowned upon — and the Wolves put up just 77 points against the Golden State Warriors in a 23-point loss on Sunday night.
That was all last week, though, and tonight starts a new week for the Timberwolves. And, if last week’s result was any indication, there’s a good chance at least one streak (either Wolves winning or Kevin Love finishing with a double-double) will begin again tonight.
Kevin Love's double-double streak has, unfortunately, come to an end. But the Wolves no longer find themselves in the basement of the Western Conference standings, at least temporarily. They currently have one more victory than the Sacramento Kings, and their .250 winning percentage (with a 17-51 record) has them as the fourth-worst team in the NBA, ahead of the Kings, the Washington Wizards, and the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Wolves and Kings are, as it stands now, the only two teams in the league that have been officially eliminated from post-season contention. Yes, even the 16-49 Bullets and the 12-53 Cavaliers are, technically, still alive as of today. Long live the Eastern Conference.
The Wolves will take to the court three times this week, hoping to move themselves a little higher in the conference by the end of the season. Minnesota only has 14 games left this year, and only six of those 14 are at the Target Center, so if you were hoping to get out and see the team this season, your chances are running out.
The week will start on Wednesday against a team that the Wolves recently defeated in the Utah Jazz. The Jazz are currently in fourth place in the Northwest Division with a 35-33 record, which puts them 18 games clear of the fifth-place Timberwolves. This will be the fourth and final meeting between these teams this season, with the Jazz having taken two out of the first three. Utah won on December 22 at the Target Center by a score of 112-107, and were triumphant in Salt Lake City back on Jan. 28, 108-100. The Wolves did win the most recent match-up between these two teams this past Friday at the Target Center, blowing out the Jazz 122-101. Tipoff for this one is a little later, with the game set to begin at 8:00 p.m. Central time, and you'll be able to see the television coverage on Fox Sports North.
The Wolves will follow that one up on Friday with a trip to Tinseltown to take on the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers lead the Pacific Division with a 48-20 record, and have swept all three of the meetings between the Wolves and Lakers this year. The Lakers got a 99-94 victory in L.A. on Nov. 9, and a 112-95 victory at the Target Center on Nov. 19 to go along with a 90-79 victory in Minneapolis on March 1. Late tipoff for this one as well, as the game is scheduled to get underway at 9:30 PM Central time, and will also be televised by Fox Sports North.
Minnesota will finish the week on Sunday by returning home to face the aforementioned Sacramento Kings. The Kings are in last place in the Pacific Division, and these two teams have split their season series so far, with both teams winning on the other's home floor. Sacramento managed to squeak out a 117-116 victory over the Timberwolves at the Target Center on October 27, with the Timberwolves returning the favor on Nov. 10 with a 98-89 victory in Sacramento. This one will be an early afternoon tilt, with the tipoff set for 2:30 PM Central time, and this one will be on Fox Sports North as well.
You can also hear all of these games on the radio by tuning in to KFAN-AM 1130.
There's your week in Timberwolves basketball, ladies and gentlemen!