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Tim, Dane, David and Tom talk about the Wolves' big win over Toronto without Jimmy Butler, the major improvements of Tyus Jones, and what...
Tom Thibodeau wasn’t specific about when he knew Jimmy Butler would miss Saturday night’s game against the Toronto Raptors. But Andrew Wiggins stepped up in the first half, Karl-Anthony Towns carried them in the second half and the rest of the team pitched in to beat the Toronto Raptors, 115-109. Butler did not participate in shootaround, and was considered a game-time decision with a sore right knee during media availability an hour and a half before the 8 p.m. tip. “He doesn’t recall if it happened in a game, or it’s just sore,” said Thibodeau. “So we decided the best thing to do would be to just take a break.” Last time he was out, the Wolves lost to the Indiana Pacers, 130-107 and the Detroit Pistons, 122-101 in back-to-back games. But that was earlier in the season, before Towns and Wiggins figured out Thibodeau’s system, and the bench players […]
Close your eyes, turn on your imagination — and while you’re turning — turn the other cheek so as to allow yourself to be punched in the face by Aaron Afflalo’s haymaker. With that type of velocity, a knuckle-sandwich to the temple should do the trick of erasing the memory of Minnesota’s embarrassing Tuesday evening loss to the Orlando Magic while also possibly deleting the thought of Thursday’s national television loss to the Houston Rockets. Do this because, if erased, it is easier to revert back to the idea that the Wolves have been on fire of late. Prior to the Orlando matchup, Minnesota was the best team in the NBA. Okay, not actually the best team, but they did have the best net-rating, best offense and fifth-best defense in the NBA over the most-recent 30-day span. Efficiency Ratings Dec. 16 – Jan. 16 Team Net Rating Offensive Rating Defensive Rating Minnesota […]
Tim, Dane and David discuss the Wolves’ most recent loss to the Orlando Magic and what this set of bad losses might mean in the grand scheme of things. They also discuss upcoming matchups with Houston and Toronto, the NBA G League, and Marvel movies. A Zone Coverage Podcast Network Production Follow the Crew: @ZacharyBD @timfaklis, @DaneMooreNBA, @ProfCedar, @tschreier3 Subscribe to Wolves Wired on iTunes and Stitcher!
The Timberwolves are among four teams reportedly interested in trading for Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, according to The Racine Journal’s Gery Woelfel. According to Woelfel, the Raptors, Bucks, and Wizards are also interested. With the Clippers seemingly out of playoff contention, and pending free agency this summer, rumors surrounding Jordan’s possible end in Los Angeles began in late November. It’s not clear what the Wolves would give up in a potential trade for Jordan, but would likely have to include one of Taj Gibson, Gorgui Dieng, or Jeff Teague to make the contracts work. The extent of the interest is also not clear, as a player of Jordan’s caliber is going to draw varying amounts of interest from the overwhelming majority of teams. Jordan was an All-Star in 2017, made the All-NBA First Team in 2016, the All-NBA Third Team in 2015 and 2017, and the All-Defensive First […]
The NBA announced Monday that Karl-Anthony Towns won the Western Conference’s Player of the Week for the fifth week of the 2017-18 NBA season. The Week 5 #NBA Players of the Week! West: @KarlTowns of the @Timberwolves East: @DeMar_DeRozan of the @Raptors pic.twitter.com/vgTa0jtP2S — NBA (@NBA) November 20, 2017 Towns averaged 20.3 points, 12.3 rebounds and shot .526 from 3-point land. More importantly, the Timberwolves have won 3 of their last 4 games, and are off to one of the better starts in Timberwolves franchise history. Raptors guard/forward DeMar DeRozan was this week’s winner from the Eastern Conference. For more on Towns, check out Monday’s episode of Wolves Wired!
Tom Schreier catches up with Zach as the duo talk about the MPLS comedy scene, NBA playoffs, and potential free agent signings. Tune in daily...
The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced the team’s three-game preliminary round schedule for the NBA Summer League 2016 in Las Vegas. The Wolves, who own the No. 5 selection in Thursday’s 2016 NBA Draft, begin their schedule with a contest against the Denver Nuggets, who own the No. 7 pick, on July 8 at the Thomas & Mack Center. From July 8-18, 23 NBA teams and a team of NBA Development League select players will participate in a tournament-style format to crown the Samsung NBA Summer League Champion. Teams will compete in three preliminary games beginning on July 8 before being seeded in a tournament that leads to the Championship Game on July 18. Each team will play at least five games in Las Vegas. This summer will mark the 10th NBA Summer League in Las Vegas appearance for the Wolves (2006-10, 2012-16). A year ago the Wolves went 1-4 in […]
Welcome back for another edition of Sam and Sam’s Best Bets for the sports betting weekend. Last week we went 1-2 with one future that’s yet to be determined; we’re hoping for better luck with some big playoff games coming up in the next couple days. NHL, Game 5, Capitals (-1.5) over Flyers (+130) The President’s Trophy winners are set to clinch at home Friday night against the Philadelphia Flyers. Philly got a nice win in Game 4 to honor the late owner Ed Snider, but unfortunately for the Flyers it’s probably going to be lights out in Game 5. They’ve only scored four goals in four games against the Caps’ Braden Holtby, while Washington has covered the -1.5 spread in each of their wins in the series. The 1 vs 8 matchup has seemed more mismatched at times than Minnesota vs Dallas, and the Flyers will likely succumb to […]