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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 from France on Thursday, had 10 of his 11 points in the final 12 minutes to help the injury-hampered Wolves end a five-game skid.
James Harden scored 18 points on 5-of-18 shooting for the Rockets, who have lost seven straight games. Houston shot 32 percent and committed 20 turnovers in another lethargic effort that had coach Kevin McHale scrambling to find anybody who could give them some energy.
Andrei Kirilenko had 21 points and 11 rebounds, and Luke Ridnour scored 16 points for the Timberwolves, who had lost each of their previous five by double digits and were playing with just nine healthy bodies.
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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 Timberwolves forward Kevin Love, who underwent surgery on the broken third and fourth metacarpals in his right hand on Tuesday, will remain in New York for the near term to begin his rehab.
Timberwolves president of basketball operations David Kahn was in New York with Love on Tuesday and visited with him after the surgery. He said the power forward began his rehab program...
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...
MINNEAPOLIS Don't expect to see Rick Adelman stalking the sideline of a Minnesota Timberwolves game in the near future.
The coach, who has missed the team's past six games, has been on a leave while his wife, Mary Kay, is hospitalized. On Friday, the 12th day of Adelman's absence, Timberwolves president of basketball operations David Kahn said he does not expect the...
MINNEAPOLIS En route to their 90-77 loss against the Clippers on Thursday, the Timberwolves were outscored 21-20 in the third quarter and entered the game's final frame down by five points.
That hardly sounds ideal, but for the Timberwolves, it was a step in the right direction. Ever since returning from its four-game, four-loss southern road trip, the team has had an acute...
David Kahn recognizes the need to balance the Timberwolves' present and future.
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...
Nikola Pekovic will miss the next seven to 10 days.
Gelabale will get a legitimate opportunity to be a contributor in the Timberwolves' rotation.