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The Minnesota Timberwolves' injury woes continue to pile up: Alexey Shved is out Monday and questionable for Wednesday with an ankle injury.
T-Wolves reporter Mark Remme reports that Shved isn't making the trip to Atlanta. He's day-to-day with no timetable.
Dante Cunningham, who was too sick to play Saturday, is making the trip.
The Wolves are already without Nikola Pekovic, Kevin Love, Brandon Roy, Chase Budinger, and Josh Howard, among others.
Shved's absence means more minutes for Ricky Rubio (4.1 points, 1.8 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.2 steals), Luke Ridnour (11.9 points, 2.8 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.1 steals) and J.J. Barea (11 points, 3 rebounds and 4.4 assists).
Shved's rookie season had been going well: 10.7 points, 4.6 assists, 2.5 rebounds and .9 steals with 52 three-pointers made in 36 games.
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MINNEAPOLIS After several days anticipating the move, the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday signed small forward Mickael Gelabale to a 10-day contract.
Gelabale, 29, last played in the NBA with the Seattle SuperSonics from 2006-08 and averaged 4.9 points and 2.1 rebounds in 109 games. The 6-foot-7 veteran's strength is his long-range shooting, and he will take Lazar Hayward...
MINNEAPOLIS Chris Johnson packed a bag. One bag.
Just 24 hours before his career night Saturday in Minneapolis, Johnson was arriving from California, two days removed from his most recent game with the Santa Cruz Warriors.
Just 48 hours before Mickael Gelabale's 11-point night at the Target Center, he was fresh off a plane from Spain, too tired even to schlep over to the arena...
Minnesota signed two players to 10-day contracts in advance of Saturday’s game against Houston: French forward Mickael Gelabale and center Chris Johnson.
Gelabale, 29, was last in the NBA with the Seattle SuperSonics from 2006-08, playing alongside current Timberwolves guard Luke Ridnour.
Johnson, a 6-foot-11 center whose biggest drawback is his skinny frame, averaged 10.9 points...
When I learned that Chris Johnson and Mickael Gelabale had been signed to 10-day contracts by the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday morning, I suspected that they’d likely see action that same evening against the Houston Rockets. After all, each player was acquired purely out of necessity — with only seven healthy bodies available, the Wolves needed at least one additional...
MINNEAPOLIS The Timberwolves may have just nine players Saturday night against Houston, even after signing Mickael Gelabale and Chris Johnson to 10-day contracts.
The latest casualty is Dante Cunningham, who missed shootaround with an illness and is listed as questionable for the game. Alexey Shved, who's status is day-to-day with a sprained ankle, is out, as is Nikola Pekovic...
Alexey Shved came out of Monday's re-evaluation confident that he'll return to the Minnesota Timberwolves sometime this week.
Minnesota Timberwolves guard J.J. Barea was fined $5,000 on Monday for his second violation this season of the NBA's anti-flopping rules. The league said Barea's second occurrence happened in a Jan. 14 loss to the Dallas Mavericks. His first warning came Nov. 5. The rule was put in place this season to stop players from excessive flopping on fouls. Brooklyn's Reggie...
Chris Johnson and Mickael Gelabale signed 10-day contracts with Minnesota on Saturday morning, then scored the first 23 points of the fourth quarter to lift the Timberwolves to a 92-79 victory over the slumping Houston Rockets on Saturday night.
Johnson, signed from Santa Cruz of the NBA Development League, scored 13 of his 15 points in the fourth. Gelabale, a forward who arrived...
MINNEAPOLIS Bill Bayno has ice taped to his back. Shawn Respert, sweating, jogging, in his warmups, is looking more like a player than anything else. And Terry Porter, in his suit, in front of the cameras, is running the show.
This is the state of the Timberwolves these days. There are too few players to practice and the coaches are too young not to jump in, even if their 40- and...
As per usual here on That NBA Lottery Pick, we love monster slam dunks and the below one from Minnesota's Derrick Williams is a nice one.During today's Hawks/Timberwolves affair, Williams got out on the fast break and put Atlanta's John Jenkins on a poster:
MINNEAPOLIS -- Somebody's losing streak had to end Saturday night at Target Center. Turns out it was the Minnesota Timberwolves' five-gamer that ended with a 92-79 victory over a Houston Rockets team that now has lost its last seven games. Neither team had won since Jan. 8 before Saturday night, when newly signed D-League center Chris Johnson became the most unlikely...
The Atlanta Hawks and Minnesota Timberwolves are having trouble putting enough healthy bodies on the court.
The Timberwolves ended an 11-game slide to the Hawks earlier this season, but it's anybody's guess as to what to expect in Monday's rematch in Atlanta.
There were eight players out for Minnesota (17-20) as it surprisingly snapped a five-game slide with Saturday...