Timberwolves News, Rumors, Injuries & Recruiting
Star Tribune: Timberwolves not talking of tanking, even though the gas is low
The Wolves' loss to Golden State Tuesday at Target Center -- the team's fourth in a row -- made any playoff talk mathematical in nature. The eight-team Western Conference field is all but set, with the eighth-place Los Angeles Clippers seven games clear of Sacramento.
But players and coach Ryan Saunders were not sounding like a team just playing out the string.
Karl-Anthony Towns talked about not letting up, about pushing for the playoffs until the team is eliminated, then playing hard even after that happens.
"We have to play for the playoffs next year," he said.
Star Tribune: Wolves-Memphis gameday preview
7 p.m. at Memphis * FSN Plus, 830-AM
Wolves update: The Wolves' winding road on the road is coming to an end. They have just three games away from Target Center remaining, and that's a good thing if they want to get some wins. The Wolves have lost 13 of their past 14 on the road, with the lone win coming against the Knicks in Madison Square Garden. The Wolves' defensive rating on the road this season, 116.3 points per 100 possessions, is 9.3 points more than their defensive rating at home. The Wolves' 117.5 defensive rating since the All-Star break is the worst in the league.
Star Tribune: Timberwolves' Josh Okogie hits the rookie wall and negotiates it
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Josh Okogie has hesitated to use the term "rookie wall" all season, thinking that avoiding speaking the phrase into existence was going to prevent him from running into it.
But this week Okogie finally conceded he had met that wall, the time in a first-year player's season when the fatigue of an 82-game season affects his play in a major way.
"I didn't want to admit it, but I'll admit it," Okogie said this week. "These past two weeks have been really hard just trying to push through, but now that I think I got over that hump, I think I can just finish off the year strong and keep growing.
Star Tribune: Gameday preview: Wolves at Charlotte
At Charlotte, 6 p.m. at Spectrum Center; FSN, 830-AM
Injuries pile up as Wolves look to reverse road woes
Preview: With the playoffs only a possibility in the mathematical sense and riding a four-game losing streak, the Wolves head out on the road, where they have lost eight straight. Already without a slew of players, the Wolves' injury list grew with the loss of Taj Gibson, who left Tuesday's loss to the Golden State Warriors with a left calf strain. The Hornets are three games out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference despite losing seven of 10.
Star Tribune: Chris Bosh ready to see his jersey retired by Miami Heat
MIAMI -- Chris Bosh is making a lot of music these days. He drinks beer and thinks about making more beer. He sketches. He paints. He plays with his kids. He has even learned how to use a wrench.
He is also happy and healthy.
And finally, he's made peace with the devastating way that blood clots ended his NBA career without warning and when he was still in his prime. The Miami Heat will retire his No. 1 jersey on Tuesday night, making Bosh the fourth former franchise pillar with a jersey swaying from the rafters of AmericanAirlines Arena after Alonzo Mourning, Tim Hardaway and Shaquille O'Neal.
Official Site of the Timberwolves: The Layup Line | Shahbaz Khan
In this episode, Kyle and Julian are joined by Shahbaz Khan, the Senior Manager of Digital Content for the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx. The three discuss the challenges of creating content throughout the length of the NBA season.
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Canis Hoopus: Robert Covington, Jeff Teague, and Derrick Rose to Miss Remainder of Season
The Wolves provided an injury update today on Robert Covington, Jeff Teague, and Derrick Rose, announcing that all three of them are expected to miss the remainder of the season. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, as it means more playing time for the youngsters we are eager to see develop, but it has its downsides. Let's go through it quickly:
Robert Covington was progressing from his bone bruise suffered at the New Year, but has had an unspecified set-back. Covington is obviously a vital player for the Wolves--a true three-and-D guy that they desperately need.
Canis Hoopus: Wolvescast 107: So Much Smoke
With only three weeks remaining in the season, the Timberwolves are shelving a number of injured players. *insert tank.gif* We discuss the injury-plagued seasons of Covington, Teague and Rose. Also potential Wolves draftees to watch in the NCAA tournament, "The Mayor" becomes a cornhusker, predicting the future, pace of play, Prince night halftime shows, a game and more.
This episode of Wolvescast is sponsored by the Minnesota Timberwolves 2019-2020 Season Ticket Memberships
Star Tribune: Covington, Rose, Teague expected to miss rest of year for Wolves
Robert Covington, who has missed the last 34 games with a right knee bone bruise, suffered a recent setback and is expected to miss the rest of the season, the Wolves announced Thursday.
And he'll have extended company in street clothes. Guards Jeff Teague (left foot) and Derrick Rose (elbow), who have both missed the last four games and had been sidelined at other points this season, are also expected to miss the rest of the year.
An MRI on Rose's elbow revealed a chip fracture, while Teague is slated to be in a walking boot before being re-evaluated in three weeks.
Fansided: Minnesota Timberwolves: The problems run deeper than Andrew Wiggins
The easiest single person to blame for the Minnesota Timberwolves' disappointing season (this side of Jimmy Butler, of course) is, without question, Andrew Wiggins.
While some criticism of the young wing is justified, a closer look at the roster construction reveals a much deeper problem.
Setting aside Wiggins for a moment, the team's problem can be summed up in just one word: shooting. The Timberwolves lack perimeter shooting in the worst way. Outside of Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota has approximately zero reliable shooters. (Perhaps 0.5 if we count a healthy Robert Covington.)
As opponents consistently send double-teams towards Towns, the team's woeful inability to space the floor has become even more obvious.
Official Site of the Timberwolves: Wiggins And Towns' Big Nights Not Enough As Wolves Fall To Hornets
A late push by the Wolves on Thursday night came up short as they fell to the Hornets 113-106 in Charlotte. It was a back and forth game, and the Wolves led by as many as eight in the first half, but a solid defensive performance by the Wolves dropped off in the fourth quarter and they weren't able to generate enough offense to keep up with a phenomenal game from Kemba Walker.
Andrew Wiggins played very well on Thursday night, finishing with 20 points on eight-of-fifteen shooting. Karl-Anthony Towns had a relatively quiet outing, scoring just 21, but added 16 rebounds and six assists.
Star Tribune: Hurting Timberwolves lose ninth consecutive road game, 113-106 to Charlotte
The Wolves (32-40) dropped their fifth consecutive game and ninth in a row away from Target Center on Thursday night with a 113-106 loss to the Charlotte Hornets (32-39) in the Spectrum Center, despite being in it for three quarters against a similarly trending Hornets team that had lost four of its previous five.
Karl-Anthony Towns had 21 points and 16 boards to lead Minnesota, while Andrew Wiggins scored 20. Dario Saric and Gorgui Dieng also scored in double figures with 15 and 10 points, respectively.
But the Hornets' depth paid off hours after the Wolves announced that three players -- guards Derrick Rose and Jeff Teague, along with forward Robert Covington -- would likely miss the rest of the season with nagging injuries.
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Canis Hoopus: Hornets 113, Wolves 106: Is it Over Yet?
When I asked in the Canis slack channel if anyone wanted to recap this one, I got nothing. The room could not have cleared out any faster. It turns out everyone else is smarter than me, as this was among the least interesting games I can remember this season. With essentially nothing to play for on either side, the disinterest was palpable. In the end, the Hornets were a little better and handed the Wolves another road loss, 113-106.
I really have no idea what to say about this one. Nobody had a particularly outstanding game.