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SALT LAKE CITY -- During player introductions, Minnesota's Andrei Kirilenko received a warm welcome by the fans who cheered for him during the first 10 years of his NBA career. His old team was much less hospitable once the ball tipped off. The Utah Jazz spoiled Kirilenko's first return to Utah on Wednesday night, beating their former player and the Timberwolves 106-84 at EnergySolutions Arena. "It's very nice to play against this crowd. They've been very friendly," Kirilenko said. "I had a lot of adrenaline, of course, coming back here, playing in front the, I call, home crowd. I get used to this crowd." During his decade as a Jazz player, he also got used to a lot of blowouts in this arena. His team, however, rarely was the one getting trounced in Utah. That was the case on Wednesday night, though, after bench players Gordon Hayward and Enes Kanter scored 17 and 15 points, respectively, to lead six Jazz players in double figures. Tha...
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MINNEAPOLIS It's where he learned to be a pro. It's where Jerry Sloan "created" him. It's where he has so many friends, so many acquaintances after 10 seasons that he thinks he might know everyone in the first 20 rows of the arena. It's where he learned English, "the bad words first, but then you're got that base, and you're playing around...
As he works himself back into game shape, the T'Wolves point guard has been experiencing back spasms that will prevent him from traveling with the team on a road trip.
The season from hell continues for Kevin Love, but Thursday night didn't end quite as badly as did the power forward's last trip to Denver, when he suffered a concussion that ended his 2011-12 season.Love left Thursday's 101-97 win with a sprained finger on his right hand with 4:15 remaining in the third quarter. At the time, his team was down, 66-55, and he had logged...
MINNEAPOLIS As the clock ticked to zero on the Timberwolves' 111-107 win over Phoenix on Sunday, Kevin Love walked to the sideline and enveloped Shawn Respert in a hug.
This wasn't just an "oh, hey, we won, let's hug" sort of embrace. That's hardly Love's style. It was a pointed move after the power forward finished the night with 23 points and 18...
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...
When Lazar Hayward was growing up, he says he would “see some things,” but when he described them to his friends, their reaction was predictable.
“Lazar, you might need some help.”
The Minnesota Timberwolves forward has not let their skepticism dissuade him from trying to keep seeing those things — “spiritual things,” in his words — and while he was unsigned earlier...
Back in November I explained how among the many amazing things Jeremy Lin did last year, the greatest of them all was giving us the gift of knowing how many “dead” Yahoo! fantasy basketball leagues existed. Here’s how we knew, before Jeremy Lin became Jeremy Lin he was around 1% owned. After Jeremy Lin became Jeremy Lin his ownership shot up to 92%. 92% was his peak ownership...
Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio will not travel with the team for a two-game road trip to Utah and Denver this week because of back spasms.
Adelman thinks some of Rubio’s back issues could be caused by him overcompensating for a knee that has not yet gotten back to full strength.
via Yahoo! Sports
DENVER (AP) -- Timberwolves forward Kevin Love has left Minnesota's game against the Denver Nuggets after spraining a finger on his right hand in the third quarter.
His return Thursday night was questionable.
Love was sliding past a Nuggets player in the lane when he suddenly clutched at his hand and headed into the training room. Love had 12 points and 17 rebounds before departing...
As we mentioned yesterday, Mo Williams is expected to miss six weeks when he undergoes surgery on his thumb today. In his absence, the Utah Jazz will have to find a way to keep winning and stay in the playoff hunt. It's a tall order. The Jazz are 16-17 right now. They are on the outside looking in, and that record came largely with Williams contributing. As Jeff Kaplan...
Gordon Haywad scored 17 points, Enes Kanter had 15 and the Utah Jazz beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 106-84 on Wednesday night to snap a three-game losing streak.
Paul Millsap started 7 of 7 for Utah and finished with 14 points, and Jamaal Tinsley had 12 on 6-of-8 shooting.
Tinsley started in place Mo Williams, who learned earlier in the day he will be out six weeks after opting...
Every morning, we will give you five things from the night before in the NBA to start your day.
1: Something in the water
It seems like you cannot say Minnesota without thinking of injuries. There were the various injuries to Kevin Love at the beginning of the year, including a broken hand. There was Brandon Roy coming out of retirement and then possibly going back into retirement...