The Minnesota Timberwolves don’t have anyone playing in this year’s NBA All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden in New York City, but there are still plenty of reasons for fans to be interested.
The Minnesota Timberwolves announced Wednesday they’ll have four players representing the team in the Rising Stars Challenge as part of the NBA’s All-Star Weekend in February.
Austin Daye scored a season-high 22 points and had 10 rebounds to help the San Antonio Spurs hand the Minnesota Timberwolves their 15th straight loss, 108-93 on Saturday night. Patty Mills scored 19 points and Tim Duncan added 13 points and six rebounds in 20 minutes for the Spurs (23-15), who were missing Manu Ginobili and Marco Belinelli with injuries.
Gorgui Dieng tied a career high with 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds and Shabazz Muhammad added 19 points and six boards for Minnesota. The Timberwolves shot just 43 percent and have not won since Dec. 10 while playing without Ricky Rubio, Nikola Pekovic and Kevin Martin.
Minnesota Timberwolves prospects have started preparation for the NBA Summer League. The Wolves have scheduled four days of practice at Target Center before the team’s contingent travels to Las Vegas. The sessions include a free-and-open-to-the-public scrimmage on Wednesday night. The first game for the Wolves in the annual young-player showcase in Nevada is on Saturday afternoon.
The Minnesota Timberwolves announced Thursday that center Gorgui Dieng was selected to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team. Dieng was originally acquired by the Timberwolves in a trade with the Utah Jazz on the night of the NBA Draft after the Timberwolves selected point guard Trey Burke.
Ricky Rubio scored 23 points and Gorgui Dieng had 12 points and 15 rebounds, leading the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 110-91 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night.
With playoff hopes all but eliminated for the Minnesota Timberwolves, Gorgui Dieng has been getting more playing time and it’s paying dividends. Dieng was named the NBA’s Western Conference Rookie of the Month for March on Tuesday, becoming the fifth player in Timberwolves history to earn the award.
Gorgui Dieng had 15 points and 15 rebounds to continue his out-of-nowhere emergence and the Minnesota Timberwolves dealt the slumping Atlanta Hawks another costly loss with a 107-83 victory. Corey Brewer and Kevin Martin each scored 18 points and Kevin Love had 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Timberwolves. Minnesota scored 32 points off 26 Hawks turnovers and blew the game open in the second half.
The Timberwolves will open a five-game summer league schedule on July 13 against the NBA D-League select team. Highlighting the roster will be both of the team’s first-round draft choices, Shabazz Muhammad and Gorgui Dieng.
The Utah Jazz have drafted Louisville center Gorgui Dieng with the 21st overall pick in the first round of the NBA draft and plan to trade him to Minnesota as part of a package for Trey Burke.
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