Just when the Minnesota Timberwolves appeared to be getting some good news on the injury front, they suffered another blow.
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.
The Minnesota Timberwolves announced Sunday that forward Ronny Turiaf will have arthroscopic hip surgery this week and will be sidelined indefinitely.
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Minnesota Timberwolves shooting guard Kevin Martin will be out indefinitely after fracturing his right wrist in a victory over the New York Knicks.
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.
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.
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.
Talks were tense and tempers flared as the Minnesota Timberwolves and Ricky Rubio’s representatives tried to hammer out a contract extension before the Friday deadline, which isn’t all that uncommon with the kind of big-money deal Rubio received in the end.
The clock was ticking down toward the deadline for reaching agreement on an extension of his rookie contract, and just like he does on the court for the Minnesota Timberwolves, Ricky Rubio took charge.
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It can be easy to forget the electricity that crackled through Target Center every time Ricky Rubio walked to the scorer’s table to check in during his rookie season with Minnesota.
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.
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.
The Minnesota Timberwolves know the story. They know that no one expects them to be very good this season. After all, they just traded the face of their franchise and remade their core around some very dynamic and very young players.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have about two weeks before the regular season starts and the games start counting for real. The start of the season brings out many predictions and educated guesses as to what will happen over the course of the season.
Training camp had a much different feel for the Minnesota Timberwolves this year as they headed to Minnesota State University in Mankato for six straight days of workouts and practice. The Timberwolves enter the 2014-15 season much younger than they were a year ago, but far more athletic.
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During his first three seasons with the Timberwolves, Rubio usually deferred to Love when leadership was needed. Love was the All-Star. Love was the headliner. Love was here first.
Now Love is gone, traded to Cleveland this summer in a blockbuster that brought Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and Thaddeus Young to Minnesota. Seemingly overnight, the Wolves have morphed from a deliberate, plodding group to a dynamic young team brimming with athleticism.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have hired Mike Penberthy as a full-time shooting coach to help Ricky Rubio and the rest of the team with their shooting during the season. The Timberwolves announced the hire on Thursday, along with Jason Hervey as a scout and the promotion of Derek Pierce to advance scout.
With dust finally settled after the blockbuster Kevin Love trade that changed the face of the Minnesota Timberwolves, the franchise has one big move still to address before the start of the season.
The Minnesota Timberwolves haven’t made the playoffs in 10 years and just traded the face of their franchise so he can go chase a championship with LeBron James in Cleveland. Kevin Love is gone now, and yet somehow the Timberwolves have parlayed that into a record-setting week at the box office.