Thursday, December 29, 2005

Garnett and Wally Steal the Show

Wally Szczerbiak scored 30 points in the Timberwolves recent win over the Seattle Supersonics. Kevin Garnett had 26 points and got ten rebounds to lead the Wolves to their 108-95 win. The combination of those two players is deadly for the opposing team because they also play hard defense and aren’t afraid to block shots and shoot free throws. Wally and Kevin are playing at an All-Star level in every game and have been the driving force behind the Wolves beating some formidable opponents his season. Even the final quarter effort by Damien Wilkins of the Sonics was not enough to break the Timberwolves stride. The Sonics continued to allow turnovers and gave up the win.

Friday, December 23, 2005

Wally and Kevin Slap Hornets

The Timberwolves finally pulled out a win playing against the New Orleans Hornets and this time they did it right by not allowing their opponent to get too close. The score was 88-69 in our favor and it was all due to the heroics of two players. Wally Szczerbiak and Kevin Garnett were those players. Wally had 21 points and Garnett had 17 points and nine assists. With 7 rebounds he was really a force in this game. Wally Szczerbiak knows better than anyone how to stay positive even when you are losing and this was a great win for him. Wally said:

"You can't get too up with a win or too down with a loss. You got to take all the positives you can from a loss and try to end losing streaks. It was nice to end that losing streak, no question."

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Timberwolves Play Well in Loss to Kings

Wally Szczerbiak had 25 points and eight rebounds, Kevin Garnett racked up 22 points and Marko Jaric shot well with 16 points in the Minnesota Timberwolves unfortunate loss to the Sacramento Kings. It was a close game that was decided in the final seconds and our Timberwolves played well on defense as well as offense. Our defense could have stepped up with more fire in the fourth quarter but overall they were impressive. Don’t let the score fool you into thinking this game was not a joy to watch because it was. Wally and Garnett are artists in action and hardly ever disappoint us fans.

Friday, December 09, 2005

Szczerbiak and Jaric Dominate Portland

The Minnesota Timberwolves are now into a four game wining streak and things are really looking up. We beat the Kings, the Lakers, the Jazz and the Trailblazers. They were all formidable opponents and in three of the games we held the teams from scoring more than 80 points. Our defense is looking great and Kevin Garnett is looking aweome. Wally Szczerbiak and Marko Jaric were the stars of our game against Portland, though, with19 points each. Kevin Garnett was pretty quiet with 16 points, but had 14 rebounds and is still getting the assists he was awarded for by the NBA in November.

Friday, December 02, 2005

Garnett: Is Not Enough

We were not the same team who beat the Cleveland Cavaliers when we played the LA Clippers. The score, 84-93, was about the average for this season since we haven’t scored many times over a hundred, but it wasn’t a strong offensive effort at all for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Corey Maggette of the Clippers had his best game of the season against us with 10 rebounds and 30 points. Kevin Garnett didn’t play strong defense game, yet he scored 29 points and racked up more rebounds than Maggette with 13. Kevin Garnett even said that the Timberwolves had a chance to win but didn’t deserve it because of their poor play in the first three quarters of the game.

Friday, November 25, 2005

Hornets Sting the Timberwolves

The New Orleans Hornets beat our Minnesota Timberwolves 84-80 in Oklahoma City this week. The game was close for four quarters and came down to important missed shots, turnovers and two free throws in the final minutes. The Timberwolves lead the Hornets for a better part of the game. At one point we had 18 points on them. What happened to the intensity and field goal percentage we had in the second quarter. Kevin Garnett was actively blocking and rebounding but just couldn’t get any shots. Let’s hope Garnett can get it together for the Cavaliers and Clippers.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

No Smoke No Fire

New coach Dwane Casey has yet to see his Timberwolves win away from home yet they are undefeated at home. Even against Kevin Garnett, the Nuggets’Marcus Camby looked great putting up 18 and rebounding 22. Minnesota didn’t really benefit from the absence of Kenyon Martin with Marcus Camby out in force. Earl Boykins came off the bench and started a minor fire but it wasn’t the blaze we needed. Wally Szczerbiak put up 20 and Kevin Garnett had 19 but we still got out played. Why can’t the Minnesota Timberwolves keep up the intensity they start with and break that 0-3 away record?

Monday, June 06, 2005

Shaq or Wilt?

Who is better Shaquille O’Neal or Wilt Chamberlin? Now before anyone decides to answer this question, one should take time to think about it. To think about all the factors that comes into play.

For one I am not a big fan of Shaq but the man is very good at what he does and will some day join Wilt in the Basketball Hall of Fame.

But consider it was two different eras and two different styles. It is almost like comparing Joe Montana to Brett Favre, both great players but two different eras. So what do you all think?

Monday, May 30, 2005

Ten

The number is now at ten. That is the number of people owner Glen Taylor has interviewed for the head coaching vacancy for his Timberwolves. And tenth to be interviewed is the San Antonio Spurs Assistant P.J. Carlesimo. Carlesimo was able to get away during the Western Conference Finals for an interview after the Spurs gave permission to the Timberwolves to speak with him. So far I like this candidate the best.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Lottery Time

Tonight is the NBA lottery and the Wolves will participate in it. But all eyes will be on fan favorite Fred Hoiberg, as he will be drawing for the team. Hope the Wolves are feeling lucky. It seems like a long shot but it is still possible for Minnesota to get one of the top 3 spots in the lottery.
"Hopefully, he will bring us some luck. Maybe he can pull a rabbit out of the hat.” - General Manager Jim Stack

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Open Game

After longtime Coach Flip Saunders was released in February he was replaced by the vice president of operations Kevin McHale, but McHale didn’t impress with his 19-12 finish as the T’wolves failed to make it to the playoffs.

Owner Glen Taylor is expected to name a new coach within the next month as he sits and waits for more applicants for the opening. All three assistant coaches have already applied.
"It's an important selection, so to wait another couple of weeks isn't going to make a difference to us." - Glen Taylor

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Another kind of Camp

from the official site of the T'wolves
Thank you for your interest in camp registration! We're very excited about our summer basketball camps. We have something for everyone, including coed camps, advanced super skills camps and girls-only camps.

Our goal is for all campers to have fun and learn basketball skills in a positive and nurturing environment. We will focus on self-esteem, fair play and fundamental skill development while playing three games per day. A formal awards ceremony will be held each Friday to celebrate the successes of the week. Please join us, and bring a friend, for a wonderful summer. See you on the court!

Friday, May 06, 2005

McHale to Return for 2005-06 Season

from the official site of the Minnesota Timberwolves
On Wednesday afternoon Minnesota Timberwolves Vice President of Basketball Operations Kevin McHale announced that he would return to the team for the 2005-06 season, marking his 13th campaign with the organization. The announcement was made at a media gathering held at Target Center.

"I had to ask myself if I still had the passion to do this thing, and I felt that I do," McHale said. "I feel very responsible for this team and feel terrible that we didn't achieve all of the goals we set out to achieve this season."

"The final straw was watching the playoffs. I was so darn mad that we weren't in there. There's absolutely no reason this team should not be playing. I thought about all the opportunities we had to make a race of it this year, and it just bothered me a lot and I didn't want to go out with that taste in my mouth."

On February 12, McHale took over the head coaching duties from Flip Saunders, becoming the sixth bench leader in team history. Under his leadership, the Wolves went 19-12 to complete the 2004-05 season (44-38). Prior to McHale taking over the reigns, Minnesota allowed opponents to score 96.5 points per game while shooting 44.3% from the floor and 37.8% from three-point range. In the Wolves' last 31 contests they gave up only 93.4 points per game, while holding teams to 42.9% shooting, including 33.5% from beyond the arc.

McHale's immediate priority this off-season is to address the coaching vacancy, as he will not be returning to the bench next season. He said he currently has 5-6 potential candidates in mind for the job. McHale's plan is to have a new coach in place prior to the NBA Draft in June.

McHale began his career with the Wolves as a special assistant in 1993-94, prior to becoming the assistant general manager in 1994-95. He ascended to his current position in 1995. In that capacity, McHale is responsible for the team's entire basketball operations department, overseeing player personnel decisions, scouting and the coaching staff.

Prior to coming to the Timberwolves organization, McHale played 13 seasons as a power forward for the Boston Celtics before retiring in the spring of 1993. A first-round selection (third overall) by Boston in the 1980 NBA Draft, McHale helped lead the Celtics to three NBA championships (1981, 1984 and 1986), five Eastern Conference titles and eight Atlantic Division crowns. He was voted the NBA's top sixth man twice (1984, 1985) and was selected to the All-NBA First Team in 1987. He was also named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team three times (1986, 1987 and 1988). The 6-10 forward/center averaged 17.9 points and 7.3 rebounds in 971 career regular-season games.

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Szczerbiak sparks Minny comeback

by the Associated Press, from Espn.com
One day after saying he might like a fresh start with another team next season, Wally Szczerbiak gave the Minnesota Timberwolves plenty of reasons to keep him around.

Szczerbiak scored 11 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter, leading Minnesota to a 102-99 comeback victory over the New Orleans Hornets on Monday night.

Szczerbiak had expressed frustration with his sixth man role, saying he felt he had played well enough to start for the Wolves, who had been eliminated from the playoffs after losing Sunday to Seattle.

But Szczerbiak said his love for the game will keep him playing to win regardless of his situation.

"That's all you can do when you step out there on the floor, whether it means something or not. Just go out there and try to make your teammates better and play like a team and come away with the win," Szczerbiak said. "If you're a true basketball player who loves the game, you play during the summer, in summer leagues and give a true effort. If you're going to be out there and if you're going to be performing and they pay you a lot of money, you'd better give a darn good effort."

Sam Cassell scored 16 points and Kevin Garnett had 14 as Minnesota handed New Orleans its eighth straight loss, one that guaranteed the Hornets (18-63) could do no better than tie the franchise's all-time worst record. In 1989-90, the then-Charlotte Hornets, only in their second year in the NBA, went 19-63.

"You go through the whole season and you figure out in Game 81 that you pretty much saw every way we could possibly lose a game and we invented a new one tonight," Hornets coach Byron Scott said.

Minnesota went through several lethargic stretches, looking like a team deflated from their recent elimination from the postseason. The Hornets took advantage early in the fourth quarter, hustling in their transition game to produce a breakaway dunk by Casey Jacobsen, who had a team-high 15 points, and a driving dunk by Bostjan Nachbar.

Nachbar's dunk gave New Orleans an 89-84 lead. But Szczerbiak scored eight straight points during the heart of the final period on three soft jumpers and a driving layup to keep the Wolves within three points. His fallaway with about 2 minutes left pulled Minnesota to 97-95.

Then, with the Hornets still leading by one inside the final minute, Szczerbiak picked off Dan Dickau's baseline bounce pass. He started the Wolves back up the floor on a possession that ended with Anthony Carter's driving layup, giving Minnesota a 100-99 lead with 29 seconds left.

After Dickau missed a floater, New Orleans got the rebound, but had to settle for a 16-foot jumper by Maciej Lampe that missed.

"That's frustrating. We were playing well," Dickau said. "I have to take a lot of responsibility. I missed a shot in that (final) stretch and had a turnover. Defensively, Anthony Carter scored that go-ahead layup while I was giving help on Szczerbiak."

Nachbar's running 3-point attempt at the buzzer, which could have tied the game, fell short for a bitter end to what was a strong game for him. Nachbar had 14 points, including three driving dunks and two 3-pointers. Dickau had 12 points and 11 rebounds, while J.R. Smith and P.J. Brown each scored 13 points.

The Hornets played without injured center Jamaal Magloire and point guard Speedy Claxton. Scott kept Brown, the team's leader all season, on the bench in crunch time because he's still trying to figure out which of the younger players he wants around next season.

"You have to give those guys a chance. You have to see how they are going to act and react in adverse situations," Scott said.

Michael Olowokandi had 12 points for Minnesota on 6-of-8 shooting.

"We found a fun way to win one. It was pretty much like an exhibition game for us," Minnesota coach Kevin McHale said. "Wally carried us for a while. The players were loose. That's to be expected at this part of the season when there's nothing to play for."

Saturday, April 09, 2005

Dropping a heart Breaker

from the official site of the Minnesota Timberwolves
The Denver Nuggets delivered a blow that has the Minnesota Timberwolves staggering toward the canvas.

Andre Miller had 22 points and a season-high 15 assists to lead the Nuggets to a 107-104 victory over the Timberwolves, whose postseason hopes took another serious hit.

Last season, the Timberwolves were the Western Conference's top seed and eliminated the Nuggets in five games in an emotional first-round series. But the Timberwolves' hopes of making the playoffs for a ninth straight season seem to be fading.

Minnesota (40-36) fell 3 1/2 games behind Memphis for the final playoff berth with six games left.

"This was a huge setback," Minnesota forward Kevin Garnett said. "It's like waiting on a right hook and getting hit with a body blow. And we got nobody to blame but ourselves."

"It's definitely a major, major blow, but it isn't over yet," Timberwolves point guard Sam Cassell said.

Miller, Carmelo Anthony and Kenyon Martin kept the Nuggets (44-31) rolling toward the postseason. Denver has won six straight and 20 of its last 22 games, pulling within one-half game of sixth-place Houston.

"We keep it (last year's loss in the playoffs) in the back of our minds," Anthony said. "But that's not our main motivation. We just want to keep getting better."

"We're playing with confidence and swagger," Martin said. "Coach has us believing in his way of playing the game. We're playing as a team, moving the ball well, being unselfish and aggressive."

Effectively getting the Nuggets out in the open court all night, Miller fed Marcus Camby for a dunk with 1:36 to play, giving the Nuggets a 103-98 lead. Miller also hit a clutch jumper with 40 seconds left for a 107-101 advantage.

After Garnett's three-point play with 31 seconds left pulled the Timberwolves within 107-104, Miller missed an ill-advised 3-pointer.

Minnesota went without a timeout and Cassell's 3-pointer with under four seconds left glanced off the front of the rim.

Anthony scored 26 points and Martin 24 before fouling out late in the contest for Denver, which held a 30-10 advantage in fast-break points and a 48-20 edge in points in the paint.

"Out transition defense was very poor," Timberwolves coach Kevin McHale said. "They ran it down our (butt) - Miller especially. He attacked us."

Cassell scored 27 points and Garnett had 26 and 16 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who battled back from a double-digit third-quarter deficit before falling short.

"We knew Minnesota was going to fight," Denver coach George Karl said. "They made some tough shots down the stretch. We gave them some shots, but they earned most of them."

A pair of free throws by Wally Szczerbiak with 3:29 remaining pulled the Timberwolves even at 96-96. But Martin fed Anthony for an alley-oop dunk to give Denver the lead for good and Martin scored on a drive with 2:38 to go.

"Getting dunks in the last two minutes of the game is huge," Karl said. "I thought that was the key. We're getting dunks and they're taking jump shots."

"This was a big game," Miller said. "It all starts with coach (Karl). He keeps us composed. We feel like we can beat anybody right now. The only team that can beat us in the last 23 games, at least is Phoenix."

"Games like these are really important for us," Karl said.

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Timberwolves 94, Houston Rockets 86

by the Associated Press, from ESPN.com
Sam Cassell and the Minnesota Timberwolves aren't giving up on what has been a disappointing season just yet.

Kevin Garnett had 30 points, 17 rebounds and six assists, but it was Cassell's return to the lineup that keyed the Timberwolves' 94-86 victory over the Houston Rockets on Sunday night.

Cassell flashed some of the skill and leadership that was responsible for the Timberwolves' run to the Western Conference finals last season, but has been sorely lacking from the team so far this year.

After missing Friday night's loss at Memphis with a sore hamstring that has plagued him nearly the entire season, Cassell scored 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting in 26 minutes.

He smiled often and was his wily old self -- drawing fouls, jawing with the opposition and even getting into a shoving match with McGrady.

"That's the first time we've seen Sam in awhile," guard Fred Hoiberg said. "He was very aggressive. That's when we're at our best is when he's out there getting everybody fired up. Hopefully he can play out the rest of the season now."

The Timberwolves' season may depend on it.

They are 2½ games behind Denver for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference and now have just 14 games to make up the ground.

"We have to have a little run right now, an eight-game winning streak, something like that," Cassell said. "I think this team has the capability of doing it, but I have to stay on the court."

They played like a desperate team against the Rockets.

Garnett scored 13 of his points in the third quarter, when the Timberwolves took advantage of poor shooting by Tracy McGrady and the Rockets to pull away.

The Rockets were just 3-of-14 from the field in the third and trailed by as many as 23 points to lose for the second time in a row following a six-game winning streak.

Yao Ming had 21 points and five rebounds for Houston, but did most of his damage in the first quarter and was quiet for the rest of the game.

McGrady's shooting slump continued on Sunday. He missed seven of his first eight shots and finished with 15 points on 4-of-22 shooting. In his last four games, McGrady is 27-for-88 from the field (31 percent).

Despite his monumental struggles, the Rockets used a 10-2 run at the start of the fourth quarter to cut into Minnesota's lead. Mike James' 3-pointer with 6:14 to go made the score 86-77, but the Rockets never got closer than seven the rest of the way.

"We will follow the lead of myself, Tracy and Yao, and right now none of us is inspired at all," Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "The lead of myself and those two is not what it needs to be."

The Timberwolves have also been missing that leadership for most of what has been a puzzling and frustrating season. But it was out in full force, courtesy of Cassell on Sunday.

Cassell sparked the team to a fast start with a nearly flawless first half in which he was 5-for-6 for 14 points to help the Wolves to a 13-point lead.

The Timberwolves opened the third quarter with an 11-1 run to go up by 23 points. McGrady seemed uninterested for much of the rest of the game, settling for 3-pointers and often drifting away from the offensive sets.

"I'm shooting poorly from the field and it's carried over to my defensive game, my energy," McGrady said. "It seems like it all falls apart on you."

The only time McGrady really showed any emotion was during a second-quarter scuffle with Cassell. Both players picked up technicals for tussling after colliding on a pick and roll. After the collision, McGrady shoved Cassell, who retaliated, and several Wolves coaches had to step in to separate the two players.

"Sam has that fire every night," Garnett said. "Where he's struggling right now is with consistency with his injury. But he brings the fire. We know that."

James finished with 13 points and six rebounds, but Houston shot just 35 percent for the game.

Wally Szczerbiak had 20 points and five assists for the Wolves, giving them the kind of balance that will be critical if they are going to leapfrog the Lakers and Denver and get into the playoffs.

"It's very doable," Cassell said. "I've been in situations like this before in Milwaukee and New Jersey. We just gotta go on a win streak. Plain and simple."

Monday, March 07, 2005

Sprewell to the Rescue

from the official site of the Timberwolves
Latrell Sprewell's driving layup with 0.9 seconds left to play gave the Timberwolves a 99-97 win in Boston on Sunday. Kevin Garnett was a force on both ends of the court, scoring 21, grabbing 13 boards and handing out nine assists for Minnesota.

Sunday, February 13, 2005

Back to the drawing Board

At the half the Timberwolves where ahead 41-37 and seemed to have the game in control. It was in the 3rd quarter that things started breaking down for the T’wolves. The odd thing about this game was that every starter and the Jazz score more points than KG.
"Offensively, we were OK, but in the second half they start to get dunks and second-chance points. You can't win like that on the road," Garnett said.
Latrell Sprewell had a Minnesota team high of the night with 16 points and Troy Hudson helped out the cause with 15 of his own points. Poor Minnesota, they had just back to .500 after snapping a six game slide.

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Better Times

Our Minnesota Timberwolves fell to the Milwaukee bucks 91-86 Tuesday night; it was less than fall and more of break down. The T’wolves just seemed to give up after half time when they where leading 56-47.

It was in the third quarter mostly that the Bucks were able to make it a game, and it wasn’t that the T’wolves tired to fight back in the fourth, it was just too little to late.

The Timberwolves had won five straight games before dropping one at home to the Kings, Sunday. Minnesota is now flat 7-12 against teams from the Eastern Conference, with a pathetic 1-9 road record against the east as well.

Saturday, January 22, 2005

The Turn Around

In the month of January the might Timberwolves are only (4-8) kind of leaves you scratching your head a bit...

Since in December the Timberwolves posted a (8-6) record and in November posted a (8-5). We know the talent is there, right KG?

This month has been a complete turn around for the Timberwolves. Just sitting in 2nd, in the Northwest standings behind the Seattle Super Sonics, who are (27-11) and 7 games in front of our T'wolves.

…Although the T'wolves helped their own cause recently by defeating Seattle 112-107

Monday, January 03, 2005

Grizzlies 104, Timberwolves 95

Minnesota has now lost 4 of thier last 5 games, and after the game the locker room of the Timberwolves stayed closed for an exceptional long time. Coach Flip Saunders stayed inside and talk to his time about thier slump.
"They feel bad," Saunders said. "They're not taking this lightly."

Garnett who had 30 points and 10 rebounds didnt seem happy with things either.
"It's easy to stay together when things are great," Garnett said. "When things are down and you go through a little adversity, you start to show your true colors. The thing about this team is that we're all real with each other and feel like we're brothers."