Kevin Love had 33 points, eight rebounds and six assists, Ricky Rubio added 16 points and a career-high 16 assists, and the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 124-95 on Wednesday night.
Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love is the NBA’s Western Conference player of the week for the opening week of the season. Love leads the NBA with 29.7 points per game and is second with 14.7 rebounds per game. He powered the Wolves to three victories last week for their first 3-0 start since 2001. His off-balance, one-handed bank shot at Madison Square Garden on Monday night helped the Wolves hold off Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks. The league also issued Love a warning for flopping in the game against the Knicks. Love was warned for flopping when Knicks rookie Tim Hardaway Jr. bumped him at the top of the key in the fourth quarter.
The Minnesota Timberwolves announced Tuesday that forward Chase Budinger had successful arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and is out indefinitely. It’s the same knee that Budinger tore the meniscus cartilage in last November, causing him to miss most of last season.
Corey Brewer has tried everything in his career to put some weight on his 6-foot-8 frame. He has lifted weights, changed his diet, even indulged in deep fried Snickers bars at the Minnesota State Fair early in his career to try to add a little bit of bulk to a comically skinny body.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have turned over their roster many times since Corey Brewer was selected in the first round in 2007. Now Brewer himself has been traded away — and re-signed.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have agreed to a trade with Oklahoma City for guard Kevin Martin that also allowed them to land swingman Corey Brewer in free agency. The Wolves agreed to terms with Martin on a four-year contract worth nearly $30 million last week.
The Timberwolves acquired forward Anthony Randolph, center Eddy Curry, cash considerations from the New York Knicks and a 2015 second-round draft pick from the Denver Nuggets, in a three-team deal Tuesday.
The Wolves were blown out for the second straight game, this time by Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have exercised contract options for next season on forwards Michael Beasley and Kevin Love, guards Jonny Flynn and Wayne Ellington, and center Kosta Koufos.