Kevin Martin learned a lot in his one year in Oklahoma City, about playing for a contender, about using team defensive principles to account for individual weaknesses and about tailoring his game to what’s needed from him. The simplest truth turned out to be the most important to him — life is a whole lot easier playing alongside a couple of stars like Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Now he’s hoping Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio will have the same effect in Minnesota. “After playing with Kevin Durant and Russell, I wasn’t going to another team without a superstar,” Martin said on Saturday. “It just elevates your game and makes your life a lot easier.
The Minnesota Timberwolves selected Michigan point guard Trey Burke with the ninth overall pick in the first round of the NBA draft on Thursday night, then shipped him to the Utah Jazz for pick Nos. 14 and 21, according to a person with knowledge of the deal.
Flip Saunders heads into his first draft in charge of the Minnesota Timberwolves with one big need, and two big chances to address it. The Timberwolves were the worst team in the league in 3-point shooting last season and need a big guard to play alongside Ricky Rubio and knock down open jumpers.
To no one’s surprise, the Minnesota Timberwolves were unlucky in the NBA lottery once again. The Wolves finished with the No. 9 pick in the league’s annual draft lottery on Tuesday night.
Derrick Williams had 21 points to help the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Spurs 108-95 Wednesday night, ending a 16-game losing streak at San Antonio.
Ricky Rubio had a career-high 24 points, 10 assists and five steals, and J.J. Barea scored 16 points to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 105-93 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Saturday night.
Al Jefferson tied a career high with 40 points, including a clutch jumper with 39 seconds left, to power the Utah Jazz past the Minnesota Timberwolves, 107-100 on Friday night.
Marc Gasol scored 21 points and the Memphis Grizzlies pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 99-86 on Saturday night.
Nikola Pekovic had 22 points and 15 rebounds and Ricky Rubio added 17 points and seven assists to help the Minnesota Timberwolves stun the Oklahoma City Thunder 101-93 on Friday night.
A person with knowledge of the discussions says the NBA has informed the Minnesota Timberwolves that the referee crew erred on Wednesday night in not calling a foul on Lakers guard Kobe Bryant on the final play of the game.
Kobe Bryant had 31 points and seven assists and Dwight Howard had 25 points, 16 rebounds and five blocks to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 120-117 victory over Minnesota on Wednesday night, their 22nd straight win over the Timberwolves.
Derrick Williams scored a career-high 28 points and Ricky Rubio had 16 with six assists as the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the New Orleans Hornets 97-95 on Sunday night.
Ricky Rubio goes for a Triple Double on THE SMACK DOWN!
Ricky Rubio goes for a double double on the SMACK DOWN!
Ricky Rubio had his first career triple-double with 21 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists, leading the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 107-83 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night.