As a minority owner, team president and coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves, Flip Saunders holds as much power in one organization as any person in the NBA. What sounds like the ideal situation for a person who is confident in his abilities to evaluate talent, build a roster and develop young players into difference-making professionals can have its downside, and Saunders hit that in the early morning hours on Thursday after his team allowed the Philadelphia 76ers snap a 17-game losing streak on Minnesota’s home court.
The Philadelphia 76ers avoided tying the record for the worst start to a season in NBA history, ending their 0-17 skid with an 85-77 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night.
Andre Hollins scored a season-high 27 points and Minnesota beat Wake Forest 84-69 on Tuesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Hollins hit a career-high seven 3-pointers while Carlos Morris added 15 points and Joey King had 14 for the Golden Gophers (5-2).
The banged-up Minnesota Timberwolves are going to get a little help. The Timberwolves signed free agent forward Jeff Adrien on Saturday to add some much-needed depth to a roster decimated by injuries.
Steve McWhorter scored 17 points and Milwaukee hit 26 of 31 free throws, including 5 of 6 in the final minute, to hold on to defeat Concordia (Minn.) 64-59 on Saturday. Cody Wichmann added 13 points and 11 rebounds and Trinson White had 12 points for the Panthers (3-4), who trailed the Division II Golden Bears (3-2) 26-24 at the half.
Larry Sanders had 15 points, seven rebounds and five blocks to help the Milwaukee Bucks to a 103-86 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night. Brandon Knight scored 13 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter for the Bucks (9-7), who have won five of their last seven games in a spirited start under new coach Jason Kidd.
D’Angelo Harrison had a key four-point play and finished with 19 points and five steals to help St. John’s beat Minnesota 70-61 on Wednesday night in the NIT Season Tip-Off semifinals. Harrison converted the four-point play with 2:23 left to give St. John’s a 65-59 lead. He saved a loose ball before diving out of bounds, then drifted to the right corner and was fouled on a 3-pointer.
Tony Parker scored 28 points in 25 minutes and the San Antonio Spurs cruised past the short-handed Minnesota Timberwolves 121-92 on Friday night. Parker made 12 of 18 shots, including all three of his 3-pointers, and Danny Green scored 18 points for the Spurs, who got an easy night with a game against the Brooklyn Nets at home on Saturday.
Kevin Martin’s 37-point effort against the New York Knicks on Wednesday night just got even more impressive. Martin played the final three and a half quarters of that game with a fractured wrist on his shooting hand, the Minnesota Timberwolves announced Friday hours before hosting San Antonio. He is out indefinitely.
Carlos Morris scored 16 points and freshman Nate Mason added 15 Thursday night as Minnesota defeated Franklin Pierce 109-57 in NIT Season Tip-Off action. Minnesota shot 58.3 percent from the field, 11 of 15 3-pointers (73.3 percent) in the romp. Senior guard Andre Hollinshad 14 points and eight rebounds, while forward Joey King added 11 points.
Ricky Rubio met with reporters for the first time since his injury almost two weeks ago. Rubio suffered a sprained ankle during a game against the Orlando Magic after landing awkwardly on a drive to the basket with 2:28 left in the second quarter. He said he’s not sure when he’ll be able to return to the game.
Kevin Martin shook off an illness to score 37 points, and the Minnesota Timberwolves, missing three starters, beat the New York Knicks 115-99 on Wednesday night. Martin tied a career high with seven 3-pointers and Shabazz Muhammad had 17 points and eight rebounds for the Wolves, who were missing Ricky Rubio, Thaddeus Young and Nikola Pekovic.
The NCAA announced Friday that Minneapolis will host the 2019 NCAA Final Four tournament. Eight states were competing to host. The announcement was made at TCF Bank Stadium Friday night.
Former Minnesota Timberwolves all-star Kevin Garnett is telling the world that when he retires from the game he wants to buy the Minnesota Timberwolves. The ‘Big Ticket’ told reporters he wants to put together a group and someday buy the team.
The Gophers women’s basketball team will start the season at home against Southeastern Louisiana. This won’t be just another opener. Friday night will be the first game for new head coach Marlene Stollings, who was hired in April to replace Pam Borton. She spent the last two years at VCU. Stollings will rely heavily on guard Rachel Banham, the Preseason Player of the Year pick in the Big Ten.
The Timberwolves announced point guard Ricky Rubio is out indefinitely due to an ankle injury. A MRI taken Saturday showed the injury was a significant sprain.
Looking for their first home win of the season, the Orlando Magic got a big lift from a pair of rookies. Aaron Gordon had six of his 17 points in overtime, and the Magic beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 112-103 on Friday night. “This is why they drafted me,” said Gordon, a 19-year-old reserve forward who also had six rebounds. “They know what I can do. My number was called and I was ready to go. I don’t want to hear about (age). That would be a crutch, and I don’t want any part of it.”
Ricky Rubio has left the Minnesota Timberwolves’ game at Orlando with a sprained left ankle. The 24-year-old Rubio was helped off the floor and taken to the locker room for X-rays after landing awkwardly with 2:28 remaining in the second quarter. The point guard had drawn a foul on a drive to the basket.
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Nikola Pekovic converted a tiebreaking three-point play with 48 seconds left, and the Minnesota Timberwolves scored the final nine points of the game to beat the Brooklyn Nets 98-91 on Wednesday night.
Minnesota Timberwolves forward Thaddeus Young has passed concussions tests and returned to practice after a scary collision with Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler on Saturday night. Young took an inadvertent elbow to the head from Butler shortly before halftime on Saturday. He remained down on the court for more than 10 minutes while Timberwolves medical staff tended to him and was unable to finish the game.
The NBA has fined Minnesota Timberwolves guard Kevin Martin $15,000 for what the league called an “obscene gesture” during the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bulls. The league announced the fine Monday. The gesture came after Martin hit a 3-pointer with just over 90 seconds to play in the game Saturday night. As he headed back to the other end of the court, Martin cupped his hands and held them just below his waist.
Thaddeus Young scored 19 points and hit a big 3-pointer with 90 seconds to play to lift the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 97-91 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Thursday night. Nikola Pekovic had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Ricky Rubio added 11 points, eight assists and seven boards for the Timberwolves in their home opener. Caron Butler scored 24 points and D.J. Augustin had 20 points and six assists for the Pistons, who have opened the season with two straight losses on the road under first-year coach Stan Van Gundy.
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Marc Gasol scored a career-high 32 points, and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 105-101 on Wednesday night for the franchise’s first victory in a season opener since 2000. Zach Randolph added 25 points and 13 rebounds for Memphis, which had dropped its last 13 openers. Gasol also had nine rebounds, Mike Conley scored 16 points and Courtney Lee finished with 14.