Timberwolves Update – Week of April 14th
The Minnesota Timberwolves were unable the make the postseason in
2013-14 despite lofty expectations of doing just that coming into the season. The Wolves finished with the 10th-best record
in the Western Conference, which is a solid accomplishment considering the competitiveness of the conference as a whole. The
last team to get into the postseason in the West won nearly 50 games, which speaks to the quality of the conference. Minnesota
got one heck of a season out of power forward Kevin Love, who made the leap and became one of the best players in the National
Basketball Association this year. Love was coming off an injury-riddled 2012-13 campaign and returned focused and in the best
shape of his career. Love was the double-double machine that he was expected to be yet again this season, but it was his passing,
efficiency and overall dominance that all were taken to the next level by the UCLA big man. Love did everything he could to
help this team to the playoffs, but the rest of the roster was unable to support him enough to get the job done.
guard Ricky Rubio was a maestro with the basketball this season, racking up the assists with his incredible court vision,
but his inability to score regularly held the team back a bit. Rubio is undoubtedly one of the best passers in the NBA, but
he would benefit from spending the offseason working on his scoring, as it would greatly benefit the Wolves, especially in
crunch time. The team may have landed a steal in the 2013 NBA Draft when they selected Louisville center Gorgui Dieng. With
Nikola Pecovic sidelined late in the year, Dieng flourished in the starting lineup, racking up loads of boards and showing
that he is more than just a viable NBA player but a prospect with real promise. The Wolves will surely tweak this roster in
the offseason with the hope of making the playoffs next year.
Timberwolves Update – Week of April 7th
Minnesota Timberwolves won't make the playoffs this season, something that the club was really shooting for this year, but
that does not mean they're going to be simply going through the motions on the court down the stretch. This group has more
pride than that, and they know that a strong finish to the season could build some momentum and confidence for 2014-15. Minnesota
has had a tough go of it in 2013-14, losing a lot of close games at the last moment. Their point differential reflects that
of a team with a much better record, suggesting that this team is one the cusp of making the leap to a playoff contender next
year. Wolves big man Kevin Love has put together his best season as a pro, and is general considered to be one of the ten
best players in the National Basketball Association.
The Wolves took down the reigning NBA Champion Miami Heat last
week in overtime, a huge win for this Minnesota team. The Wolves got a nice game out of Chase Budinger, who dropped 24 points
in the contest. Budinger has not been the addition that the Wolves have hoped for this season, but that is mostly due to injury.
The Arizona product has always has all of the talent in the world, but has not been able to tap it as well as some had hoped
thus far in his pro career. Love did not shoot a great percentage from the floor in this game, but he was able to drop 28
points and 11 rebounds. Center Gorgui Dieng added 15 in the contest, as he has been a big surprise late in the season for
Minny. Dieng is a rookie out of Louisville that has not received much playing time this season until recently, and he has
made the most of his opportunity.
Timberwolves Update – Week of March 31st
It doesn't look like
the playoffs are on tap for the Minnesota Timberwolves this season, but this team is not ready to quit. They'll fight down
the stretch to finish the 2013-14 season with as many wins as possible. The Wolves fought hard against the Los Angeles Clippers,
one of the best teams in the Western Conference, last week but were unable to emerge victorious. Kevin Love was able to drop
a double-double on the Clips, but he had a hard time shooting from the floor, hitting just eight of his 21 attempts. Love
has had a monster season, but it's possible he is wearing down a little, as he has had to put this team on his back many a
night in 2013-14. The bench played well for the Wolves in this game, but the Clippers were just too much for Minny in this
one. DeAndre Jordan was an absolute monster on the boards for the Clippers in this game, collecting an astounding 24 rebounds.
Darren Collison had himself a nice game as well, notching 28 points.
The Wolves did get a nice win against a potential
playoff team later in the week when they took down the Memphis Grizzlies. Love was really on his game in this contest, notching
a triple-double thanks to 24 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists, Love really has taken his game to the next level this season,
especially as a passer. Love has to be considered a Top 10 player in the entire National Basketball Association right now,
and the Wolves will be looking to get some more talent around him as soon as possible to maximize his prime years. Minnesota
will keep playing hard and giving it all they've got in order to at least finish with a.500 record.
Update – Week of March 24th
The Minnesota Timberwolves remain within relative striking distance of the playoffs
in the Western Conferences despite dropping two of their three games last week. The Wolves started the week of on a positive
note by defeating the Dallas Mavericks in overtime. Ricky Rubio was a maestro for Minnesota in this game, notching a triple-double
with 22 points, 10 rebounds and 15 assists. Rubio has had trouble scoring the ball this season, but he showed no signs of
that difficulty against Dallas, helping to lead the Wolves to a victory in this one. As usual, Kevin Love had himself a great
game, as the former UCLA star posted 35 points in the contest. Love is having a fantastic season, and while he isn't a contender
in what has become a two-man MVP race, he has a chance to land in the Top 5 in voting for that particular award.
Wolves had a chance to take down the Phoenix Suns, another team fighting for one of the final sports in the postseason, later
in the week. However, Phoenix provided to be too much for Minnesota to handle on this particular night. It certainly was not
from a lack of effort from Love, no narrowly missed out on a triple-double thanks to 36 points, 14 boards and nine assists.
The Wolves actually led heading into the fourth quarter, but Phoenix's 34 points in the final period of play put them ahead
toward the end. The Suns got one heck of a game out of Markieff Morris off the bench, as the Kansas product hit 10 of his
13 field goal attempts in his scoring 25 points while grabbing eight rebounds. The Wolves are going to have to beat teams
like Phoenix down the stretch if they're going to make a real run at a spot in the postseason.
– Week of March 10th
The Minnesota Timberwolves split their four games last week, winning two of those contests.
The Wolves started the week off with a win over the Denver Nuggets. The Nuggets had just gotten their best player, point guard
Ty Lawson, back from injury, and while the North Carolina product notched 31 points and 11 assists in the game it was not
enough to push the Nuggets over the top. The Wolves saw star player Kevin Love drop 33 points and a whopping 19 rebounds.
Love has been playing incredibly well as of late, scoring in bunches, corralling loads of rebounds and passing the ball better
than he has in his entire career. Love has launched himself into the upper echelon of players in the entire National Basketball
Association this season, rebounding from a tough 2012-13 season that saw him miss a lot of time due to injury. Love has this
team fighting hard for a shot at the postseason.
Later in the week Minnesota took down the Detroit Pistons at the Target
Center. Love was magnificent yet again, scoring 28 points and grabbing 14 boards while dishing out four assists. Kevin Martin
contributed 24 points of his own, while Ricky Rubio handed out 10 assists in running the offense. The Wolves were able to
overcome 20 points and 15 rebounds from Pistons big man Greg Monroe thanks to the defense containing most of the other players
on the floor for the Pistons. The team got Detroit center Andre Drummond in foul trouble (he eventually fouled out) that limited
him to just 21 points in the game. Drummond is a budding star in this league, so keeping him on the bench as much as possible
was big for Minny. The Wolves will continue to hunt for victories as they make a push for the postseason down the stretch.
Timberwolves Update – Week of March 3rd
The Minnesota Timberwolves are showing that they are not going
to go away quietly in the Western Conference this season, as the team won both of its games last week. The Wolves kicked off
the week against the Phoenix Suns, a team that is also contending for a spot in the postseason out West. The Suns have been
quite the surprise in the Western Conference this season, as many people expected them to contend for the first pick in the
draft rather than a spot in the playoffs. The Wolves needed a big fourth quarter comeback against the Suns in this one after
both teams played somewhat inconsistent basketball throughout the contest. Minnesota power forward Kevin Love continued his
impressive play, notching 33 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists in the game. Love has been on a tear as of late, playing
some of the best basketball of his career. It's clear that Love wants his team in the playoffs this season. Ricky Rubio added
11 assists in this contest and the Wolves were able to overcome Markieff Morris' 24 points off the bench for Phoenix.
Wolves got themselves another win later in the week when they took down the Sacramento Kings in Northern California. The Kings
have been an improved team since acquiring Rudy Gay from Toronto this season and Kings fans are hoping that the organization
is pointed in the right direction, but the Wolves did not give Sacramento much of a chance in this contest. The Wolves completely
took over the game in the third quarter and saw Love flirt with yet another triple-double, as the UCLA product posted 22 points,
10 rebounds and seven assists. Kevin Martin led all scorers with 26 on the night as the Wolves prevailed despite three Kings
eclipsing the 20-point mark themselves.
Timberwolves Update – Week of February 17th
Timberwolves have the playoffs on their minds, but they know that they're going to have to play better after the All-Star
break than they have been. This team has the talent and makeup to make some noise down the stretch this season, and it can't
all fall on forward Kevin Love. The Wolves suffered a tough loss to the Houston Rockets on February 10th in which they fell
by a score of 107-89. The Rockets are one of the better teams in the Western Conference, but the Wolves need to at least compete
with these kinds of teams when they're matched up against them. Houston center Dwight Howard has his way with the Wolves on
the boards, collecting 15 rebounds in the contest. Love snatched 10 rebounds of his own to go along with his 31 points, but
the absence of Minnesota center Nikola Pekovic was evident in this contest. Love certainly needs more help on the offensive
end of the court going forward.
The Wolves were able to bounce back two nights later when they hosted the Denver Nuggets
in their final contest before the All-Star break. The Wolves got a nice game out of Kevin Love, who flirted with a triple-double,
finishing with 32 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists. The Nuggets, however, are not the same team that made some serious
noise in the West last season. The loss of Andre Iguodala and head coach George Karl has had a major impact on this Denver
team, but the Wolves will take wins wherever they can get them. Love is one of the best players in the NBA right now, but
he doesn't consistently get the kind of support he needs to lead this team to the playoffs. Surely the rest of the team is
looking to step it up down the stretch and make a real push for the postseason.
Timberwolves Update – Week
of February 10th
The Minnesota Timberwolves are fighting to get into the playoff mix in the Western Conference this
season, but they did not do themselves any favors last week by dropping three of their four games. The Wolves kicked off the
week with a victory over the Los Angeles Lakers. A 38-point first quarter from Minnesota set the tone for the game, and though
the Lakers tried to battle back they ended up coming up short. The Wolves got a fantastic performance out of forward Kevin
Love in this game, as the UCLA product dropped 31 points and collected 17 rebounds. Love is one of the best rebounders in
the game, but 17 is an accomplishment no matter who you are. Guard Kevin Martin added 32 points of his own, as he's provided
the Wolves with a serious scoring punch from the perimeter this season. The bad news is that Martin would suffer a broken
thumb two games later that will keep him out of the lineup for a while. The team will rely on Chase Budinger to help pick
up the slack in Martin's absence.
The Wolves had a chance to make a big statement when they took on the Portland Trail
Blazers on February 8th. The Blazers have been one of the best teams in the Western Conference this season, and a win against
a quality opponent like Portland would have been a big boost for the Wolves. Minnesota hung tough in this game, losing by
a mere seven points, but the Wolves had the game tied heading into the fourth quarter. Finishing games is something that the
best teams do, and the Wolves have to figure out how to make this happen going forward. There are some positives to take away
from this loss, though, especially considering the margin of the defeat with Kevin Love out of the game with a quad contusion.
The Minnesota Timberwolves – Schedule in 2013-14
The Minnesota Timberwolves are on the hunt for victories
in 2013-14, determined to make a run at the postseason this year. This team has a lot of talent on the roster and looks like
a club that should be in serious contention for a playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Wolves play in the Northwest
Division, a division that features some of the top teams in the conference. If the Wolves are going to make a real run at
the division title, they're going to have to play some great hoops at home this season. Last season the Wolves finished in
last place in the division standings, but they were without their best player, Kevin Love, for most of the season. With Love
and Ricky Rubio back in place this team looks to have two serious play-makers complimented by a number of solid options around
them. The Wolves will play 41 games at the Target Center, and it always helps to have a strong home crowd behind them. A raucous
group of fans at the arena can give the team a great home court advantage, and that could be huge when one considers the level
of competition that will be coming to Minnesota this season. The home schedule is absolutely loaded with tough teams, so head
out to the Target Center to see if the Wolves can withstand some of the top teams in the National Basketball Association.
Wolves know that they're going to have their paws full when the Oklahoma City Thunder visit the Target Center this season.
The Thunder are one of the best teams in the Western Conference, and they finished atop the Northwest standings in 2012-13.
The Thunder played well enough to earn the top record in the conference last regular season, though they were unable to return
to the NBA Finals, a place they reached just two seasons ago. The Thunder have one of the premier players in the NBA in Kevin
Durant, a long and talented forward that can score the ball from anywhere on the court. Durant is nearly unstoppable on most
nights, but the Wolves are hoping that defensive maven Corey Brewer can help slow down one of the best players in the league.
The Wolves will need a big night to defeat the Thunder, especially from Kevin Love. Love is one of the best scoring big men
in the league, and consistently one of the best rebounders in the NBA, but he'll have to deal with the athletic Serge Ibaka.
If Ibaka's length and athleticism can give Love problems, the Wolves will have a hard tie sending the Thunder back to OKC
with a loss.
The Wolves will also have some big match-ups coming their way when they take on the Portland Trail Blazers.
The Blazers have their sights set on the Northwest Division title, and might have what it takes to at least contend for the
division crown. With one of the premier big men in the NBA in LaMarcus Aldridge, the Blazers have a nice counterpoint to Kevin
Love. If Love can't outdo Aldridge down low, it's going to be difficult to overcome Portland. Portland point guard Damian
Lillard has quickly become a dead-eye shooter from distance, making him incredibly difficult to guard. While Ricky Rubio should
play solid defense on Lillard thanks largely in part to his length, the Blazers pose a tough match-up for any team, even the
Wolves. This should be a great season filled with intense match-ups at the Target Center, and you can be there to see the
best games of the year.
The Minnesota Timberwolves are a team that is a part of the National
Basketball Association. The Wolves play in the Northwest Division, which is in the Western Conference, and battle it out with
the Portland Trail Blazers, Utah Jazz, Denver Nuggets and Oklahoma City Thunder for the division title on an annual basis.
The Timberwolves have a lot of talent on their roster this season, and look like they could reach the postseason for the first
time in years. Some people think this is the year that the Wolves will return to the playoffs since the franchise traded away
Kevin Garnett, and for good reason. With Kevin Love anchoring things down low, the Wolves have one of the best and most consistent
low post threats in the game. Ricky Rubio is one of the most electric point guards in the game, seeing the floor with great
anticipation and threading passes through traffic with regularity. The addition of shooting guard Kevin Martin could prove
to be a huge addition for a team that has struggled to get consistent production out of the two spot in recent years. Martin
brings veteran leadership to this young team, as well as a guy that can create offense for himself and get to the free throw
The National Basketball Association provides basketball fans the chance to see the
top level of basketball played in person, and that's something that appeals to sports fans all over the country. Being there
in person for an NBA game is an incredible experience that you can enjoy at the Target Center this season.
is the home country of Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio?
The answer is Spain, where Rubio played before
coming over to the National Basketball Association.
The Minnesota Timberwolves are an organization
that is a part of the National Basketball Association, where basketball's elite come together to compete for the NBA Championship
each and every exciting season. The Timberwolves were founded in 1989 as an expansion franchise and have been a member of
the NBA ever since. The team experienced some successful seasons when forward Kevin Garnett was in his prime, but the club
has been unable to capture a conference title as of yet.
Fans of the National Basketball Association
are some of the most die-hard fans you'll find in the world of sports. At the Target Center you'll find plenty of them cheering
on the Wolves as they vie for a playoff spot this season.