Zach LaVine tried not to think about guarding Derrick Rose. After starring late in the Minnesota Timberwolves’ rally from a 13-point deficit, the 19-year-old rookie didn’t try hiding his admiration.
Shabazz Muhammad had 19 points and Nikola Pekovic tallied 15 points and 13 rebounds as the Minnesota Timberwolves cruised past the Milwaukee Bucks 110-91 on Wednesday. Chase Budinger also scored 15 for the Timberwolves, who started the game on a 12-1 run and never trailed.
Anthony Bennett scored 17 points and Ricky Rubio had 16, leading the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 107-89 preseason victory over the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday night. Bennett was 7 for 9 from the field. The reserve scored Minnesota’s first six points of the fourth quarter to help the Wolves maintain their comfortable lead over the injury-depleted Pacers.
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Mo Williams had 19 points, seven assists and six rebounds, and Zach LaVine scored 15 points for the Minnesota Timberwolves in a 116-110 preseason victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night. First overall pick Andrew Wiggins, who came to Minnesota in the Kevin Love trade, scored 11 points in his home debut. Anthony Bennett had 13 points and eight rebounds.
Basketball. The sport has been around for longer than football, but for whatever reason, there just aren’t anywhere near as many films centered around the sport as there are for football or, especially, baseball. So bear in mind of course that by “ever,” I basically just mean from the last three or four decades.
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George Hill had 17 points and seven assists, Shayne Whittington scored all of his 11 points in the second half, and the Indiana Pacers beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 103-90 in the teams’ preseason opener on Tuesday night. Hill scored 11 of the Pacers’ 36 points in the third quarter points and Lavoy Allen had eight as the Pacers closed the quarter on a 19-5 run to stretch their four-point halftime lead to 82-62.
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Last season was plagued by injuries to the league’s most noted stars, but this offseason proved to be full of action: the draft, big announcements, players sporting new jerseys, coaching changes and the controversies – just to name a few.
On the third day of training camp, the Minnesota Timberwolves went hard at each other as Nikola Pekovic watched from the baseline seats dressed in jogging pants and a T-shirt. The image immediately conjured concerns that the oft-injured big man was hurt again. In reality, it was just the opposite.
In the final game of last season, and the final game of Rick Adelman’s coaching career, Kevin Martin went down swinging. While most of the Minnesota Timberwolves slogged through one last game in a massively disappointing season, Martin went after the Utah Jazz. He scored a season-high 36 points, attacked the rim to get to the free throw line for 10 shots and even came up with a couple of steals before fouling out in a rare show of aggression on the defensive end from him.
The Kevin Love era officially ended in Minnesota in August when he was traded to Cleveland to team up with LeBron James and the Cavaliers. In retrospect, it may have been over far sooner.