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MINNEAPOLIS In the NBA, the distinction between Dec. 31, 2012 and Jan. 1, 2013 is nil. The season continues, the games keep on coming and teams are largely the same as they were the night before. Regardless, though, there's some finality to the end of a calendar year, especially for a team like the Timberwolves that's so dramatically different today than it was at the end of last season. On that note, let's look back at the five best and five worst moments for the Timberwolves in 2012, everything from botched dunks to the amnesty clause to the point guard who's assumed an almost mythical persona in just 12 months in the league.
THE WORST OF TIMES
1. Ricky Rubio's torn ACL, obviously. March 9. Target Center. Fourth quarter. Lakers. Timberwolves up, 102-101. You remember, too vividly, most likely. I'm pretty sure March 9 will always be the day Rubio tore his ACL to me, even 20 years from now, wherever I am, even if my first-born child enters the world on tha...
BEST OF MAXIM
MINNEAPOLIS Ricky Rubio did not practice Monday after missing Saturday's game against Phoenix with back spasms. The point guard began feeling back pain and stiffness on Friday at practice, and it got worse from there. He warmed up Saturday and hoped as late as an hour before the game that he'd be able to play, but he still felt too stiff, he said.
Rubio said that he feels...
MINNEAPOLIS Happy New Year, and welcome to 2013 in the NBA, where Tuesday's games mean as much as Monday's, where win streaks remain and losing streaks linger and today looks about the same as yesterday. The New Year in basketball is little more than semantics, its only value being that the playoffs are one day closer, the season that much more advanced, identities that...
MINNEAPOLIS J.J. Barea raised his arms in incredulity, the most J.J. Barea of shrugs. It was directed mostly at the refs -- he ended up with a technical foul -- but at least partly at the shot he'd just accidentally assisted. It was the sloppiest kind of pretty.
As the clock ticked down at the end of the third quarter, Barea had just heaved a shot while teetering beyond the...
MINNEAPOLIS – Two-time All Star Kevin Love worked overtime the last three days in an effort to carry himself and his team successfully into 2013, and then teammate Nikola Pekovic took the Timberwolves there in Saturday’s 111-107 victory over Phoenix at Target Center. Losers of big leads in consecutive games before Saturday, the Wolves watched a nine-point, third-quarter lead...
Oh what could have been...
Derrick Williams had a decent showing in Minnesota’s 111-107 win over Phoenix Saturday, but he probably would have like to have this alley-oop attempt back. Williams got a long pass from Alexey Shved and tried dunking it home except the rim got in the way. The result was a pretty solid brick for the blooper reel.
Video via @cjzero
We here at That NBA Lottery Pick are fans of missed slam dunks and there was an epic one over the weekend.In Saturday's Phoenix Suns/Minnesota Timberwolves affair, Timberwolves forward Alexey Shved tried to throw an alley-oop to Derrick Williams.Watch as Derrick completes the catch but gets denied by the rim:
MINNEAPOLIS -- Two-time All Star Kevin Love put in three days worth of hard work in an attempt to carry himself and his team successfully into 2013, and then teammate Nikola Pekovic took the Timberwolves there in Saturday’s 111-107 victory over Phoenix at Target Center. Sidetracked most of the season by injury, illness and some untimely comments made to Yahoo! Sports, Love stayed...
MINNEAPOLIS -- Ricky Rubio will remain in Minneapolis this week while the Timberwolves play back-to-back games Wednesday and Thursday against the Jazz and Nuggets.Rubio has not played since the team's Dec. 26 game against Houston. He began suffering from back spasms Friday, and though he attempted to play Saturday, he remained too stiff. The point guard did not practice Monday...