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Wednesday morning, 10:45 a.m., Target Center, Minneapolis.
The Lakers shuffle into shootaround, their line single-file, their hoods up, chatter nonexistent. This is not a raucous group, not a particularly cheerful one, and when 39-year-old Steve Nash is doing squats deeper than those of any of his teammates during drills, you know there's at least something of a problem.
Thus began a four-day stretch in Minnesota during which the Timberwolves faced the three tiers of the Western Conference playoff picture: the pretenders, the contenders and finally the aspirers. That is, the Lakers, Thunder and Grizzlies.
It would be a grueling stretch for any team, not just the battered Timberwolves who are finally trying to integrate some players back into their lineup while also chasing 1,000 wins for coach Rick Adelman. Two weeks ago, to glance at this stretch on the schedule was to shudder; the quality would not be good, one had to think, and the games would no doubt be blowouts.
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After missing much of the season with a knee problem that forced him to retire earlier, Minnesota Timberwolves' Brandon Roy still feels like he can come back and play before the season ends. The Pioneer Press reports that Roy has been practicing hard for a couple of weeks and will ask to return to action this week.Injured Timberwolves shooting guard Brandon Roy said he has...
MINNEAPOLIS Saturday night, Ricky Rubio decided to score.
And score, and score. To the tune of 23 points, a career high.
Ricky Rubio decided to score, and so Luke Ridnour adjusted, facilitating rather than scoring himself and picking up the slack where it was left. So he continued to adjust, just as he's been doing since Dec. 15, the day the Spanish point guard made his heralded...
MINNEAPOLIS Nikola Pekovic will play for the Timberwolves Monday night against Boston after missing Saturday's game against Memphis with a sprained left ankle. Coach Rick Adelman said he's hardly surprised by Pekovic's quick return and that the big man was pretty close to being able to play Saturday.
"He said the other night that he just couldn't loosen it...
MINNEAPOLIS The Timberwolves will be without Nikola Pekovic on Saturday against the Grizzlies. The center tested his ankle during warmups but will sit due to a left ankle sprain he sustained during Friday night's game.
After the win over Oklahoma City, Pekovic said his foot and ankle were feeling all right, but he received treatment that night and then was a late scratch for...
Brandon Roy, who has played in only 5 games for the Timberwolves, says he will ask coach Adelman if he can play this week. Roy underwent right knee surgery in November.
According to the Pioneer Press:
Injured Timberwolves shooting guard Brandon Roy said he has been practicing hard for two weeks, that his tender right knee is improving and that he’ll ask coach Rick Adelman this...
Nikola Pekovic bruised and battered the overmatched Boston front line for 29 points to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 110-100 victory over the Celtics on Monday night.
Andrei Kirilenko had 17 points, nine rebounds and five assists, and Dante Cunningham scored 19 points off the bench for the Wolves, who delivered coach Rick Adelman his 998th career victory.
Avery Bradley scored...
Brandon Roy has been working out hard for the last two weeks and his right knee has shown improvement.
Minnesota Timberwolves 110, Boston Celtics 100 The Celtics headed to Minnesota for a match against the Timberwolves following a blowout loss last night against the New York Knicks. Paul Pierce was not available for the team, as announced yesterday, the captain sat out for personal reasons. To start the game, Avery Bradley and Courtney Lee had a difficult time guarding Ricky Rubio...
(Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports)
The 2012/13 NBA season looked like it was going to be all about power packed backcourt duos. The offseason saw numerous high profile guard combos hook up - the Lakers with Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant; Houston's Jeremy Lin and James Harden; Brooklyn teamed up Joe Johnson with Deron Williams. But which NBA backcourt starting pair...
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-Steve Nash likely out (stock up for Kobe Bryant, Steve Blake)
-LeBron, Wade, Chalmers out (stock up for Chris Bosh, Ray Allen, Shane Battier, Norris Cole)
-Noah, Belinelli likely out (stock up for Jimmy Butler, Carlos Boozer, Taj Gibson, Nate Robinson)
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Steve Blake ($3700)
Kobe Bryant ($9500)
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