Found February 20, 2013 on Fox Sports North:
MINNEAPOLIS With a 19-31 record and 32 games remaining in their season, the second half will be an uphill battle for the Timberwolves. This is a tired team, an injured team, with 18 of its final 32 games coming against .500 or better teams. It's a long road ahead, but on Wednesday, the Timberwolves were in better spirits than they had been in a long time. Guard J.J. Barea said the All-Star break served the team well, and after a long January and a tough first half of February, some time away may have been just what the group needed. Now, it faces Philadelphia Wednesday night, a team that without center Andrew Bynum has gone 22-29 this season and could be a beatable opponent. "I think this break was awesome for us," Barea said. "Now we've just got to get back together and treat it as a new season." And a new season it may seem like, with small forward Andrei Kirilenko back Wednesday night after missing five games with a strained right quad and Barea back ...

Wolves Tuesday: Kirilenko ready to return

MINNEAPOLIS After missing the past five Timberwolves games with a strained right quad, small forward Andrei Kirilenko will return to the Minnesota lineup on Wednesday night for the team's game against Philadelphia. He participated in the team's full practice on Tuesday. Kirilenko seemed borderline agitated last Wednesday about the duration of the injury, which he suffered...

Timberwolves' Brandon Roy Isn't Expected to Return

Minnesota Timberwolves' guard Brandon Roy is extremely talented but has had his career held back by various injuries. Even after taking a year off, Roy still fins himself stuck with the injury bug. Roy has been sidelined since November 9th with a knee injury. A full return looked bleak then and coach Rick Adelman seems to have concluded that Roy will not play again this year...

Wolves needed a win, 'ugly' or not

MINNEAPOLIS It took Andrei Kirilenko seven seconds to make the first shot. Welcome back. It took the Timberwolves a full second half not to blow it. Welcome back to a season in which nothing is ever easy. The Timberwolves defeated the 76ers, 94-87, on Wednesday night, ringing in the post-All-Star stretch the way they wanted to, the way it seemed they had to: with a win. As...

Wolves stand pat, Williams stays put

MINNEAPOLIS At this point, you could stock a full team or at least a starting lineup with players for whom Derrick Williams has supposedly been traded. And yet Williams boarded a plane to Oklahoma City with the Timberwolves Thursday afternoon with all of his teammates, none having been dealt at the trade deadline. Barring some other unforeseen circumstances, he will start on...

Adelman Not Expecting Return Of Roy

The Timberwolves reportedly are pursuing a settlement with Brandon Roy if they are unable to trade him by Thursday's trade deadline.

Picking eighth or 28th, it really doesn't matter

MINNEAPOLIS In recent years, the Minnesota Timberwolves have become all too familiar with the curse of No. 2 draft pick. Some years, No. 2 is bantered around with No. 1, falling to second in the draft only because of particular and specific needs. Other years, he is clearly the next-to-best choice, but no matter what, he is hyped beyond all reasonable hype, the game of a 19- or...

Kirilenko retires from Russian national team

After winning a bronze medal at the London Olympics, Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrei Kirilenko has decided to retire from the Russian national basketball team -- at least for now -- according to a statement on the website of Russia's Basketball Federation. The federation's report states that Kirilenko met with RBF president Alexander Krasnenkov recently and decided...

Wolves/Philly and Fun With Trades

The All-Star break has come and gone. We learned Alexey Shved is a quiet leaper who can throw down Shawn Kemp-esque in-game dunks (reverse alley-oops, anyone?) and Ricky continues to be awesome. Tonight the Wolves awkwardly resume their season against Philadelphia in what is a very winnable game. However, at this point, do we want meaningless wins? Is it better to ride some positive...
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