Timberwolves Update – Week of April 7th
The 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.
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.
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.
Timberwolves 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.
The 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
Timberwolves Update – 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
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.
The 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.
Update – Week of February 17th
The Minnesota 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.
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.
The 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 line.
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.
What 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
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.