One of Minnesota’s three sterling five-star recruits is leaving his home state to play college basketball at Stanford. DeLaSalle’s Reid Travis’ top two finalists were the Gophers and the Cardinal and he decided at Friday’s press conference at his high school to head west.
Dave Lee tells Flip his favorite NBA name….listen!
C.J. Miles scored 19 points, Kyrie Irving added 15 and the Cleveland Cavaliers held off a late rally for a 93-92 victory over Minnesota on Monday night, handing the Timberwolves their first loss of the season. The Timberwolves nearly erased a 23-point deficit midway through the third quarter to stay unbeaten. Cleveland led 93-84, but was scoreless over the final 2:43. Kevin Love’s basket with 38 seconds remaining cut the lead to one point. Following a miss by Irving with 15 seconds left, the Timberwolves called timeout to set up the last shot.
When it comes to basketball in the Twin Cities, the world champion Minnesota Lynx have been getting all the love. But now, it seems the Timberwolves may be the new hot team. One game into the season, they are undefeated. And fan favorites like Ricky Rubio and Kevin Love are healthy. At the Target Center, ticket sales and energy are both up for Friday night’s game.
It’s been a dizzying summer for Flip Saunders. After being hired to return to the Minnesota Timberwolves as president of basketball operations, Saunders has been frantically reshaping the roster, meeting with the team’s business side and immersing himself in a job he’s never held before.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have exercised their fourth-year contract options on point guard Ricky Rubio and small forward Derrick Williams, as expected. The move on Williams was less of a sure thing, but the Wolves are counting on continued improvement this season from the second overall pick in the 2011 draft. The decision on these third-year players was announced by the Wolves on Saturday, along with the move to waive center Chris Johnson. That brought the roster to 15 players for the regular season, giving forward Robbie Hummel and guard A.J. Price the last two spots.
What are the odds Kevin Love leads the NBA in rebounds in 2013-14? Or what are the chances Minnesota’s favorite Spaniard – Ricky Rubio – doles out the most assists per game? Actually, pretty good.
Can the Wolves make it back to the playoffs this year?
Los Lynx are now calling themselves “Dos Lynx.” The Minnesota Lynx celebrated its second WNBA Championship in three years on Monday.
Austin Daye scored 12 points to help the Toronto Raptors win a sloppy preseason game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, 104-97 on Saturday night. Tyler Hansbrough was the only other Raptor in double figures with 11. The Raptors shot 50 percent to overcome 35 fouls and three technicals for delay of game, which is a point of emphasis with officials this season. Kevin Love had 28 points and 11 rebounds in 28 minutes for the Timberwolves. But the Wolves shot just 35 percent and lost despite forcing 26 turnovers and going to the foul line for 50 shots. They missed 15 free throws.
Nate Wolters isn’t used to coming off the bench. He routinely played every minute starring at South Dakota State, after all. Now he’s a rookie fighting for playing time with the Milwaukee Bucks, coming back to South Dakota for the first time as a pro for an NBA preseason game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday.
Lynx coach Jim Petersen joined Dave Lee on the WCCO Morning News Wednesday.
Milos Teodosic had 26 points, nine assists and five rebounds to lift CSKA Moscow to a 108-106 overtime exhibition victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night. Nenad Krstic had 13 points and seven rebounds and Sasha Kaun had 12 points and nine boards to get CSKA off to a winning start in their two-game American tour. CSKA beat the Los Angeles Clippers in 2006 and the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2010. The Russian team led by 18 points in the first half, but Derrick Williams scored 10 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter to get the Wolves back in it. Williams had nine rebounds.
Maya Moore had 23 points, including three 3-pointers in the first quarter to propel Minnesota from the start, and the Lynx delivered a dominant 84-59 victory over the Atlanta Dream in Game 1 of the WNBA Finals on Sunday night. Moore shot 10 for 16 from the floor and grabbed seven rebounds, and Monica Wright pitched in 20 points off the bench. Seimone Augustus scored her usual 19 points, and the Lynx overwhelmed the Dream by leading the entire game and shooting 49.4 percent from the field. Angel McCoughtry finished with 17 points for the Dream, but she needed 24 shots to get there, making just six field goals. Aneika Henry added 14 points for the Dream, who fell to 0-7 in the finals since 2010. They were swept by the Lynx in 2011.
Ever since the Minnesota Lynx lost in the WNBA finals last year, they’ve been focused on getting back there.