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  1. Kevin Love drains three to send game to OT, saves Timberwolves win (VIDEO)

    Oct 30, 2013, 11:18 PM EDT

    Nikola Vucevic, Kevin Love

    Minnesota was in danger of dropping their home opener to an Orlando team on the second night of a road back-to-back — then Kevin Love showed he has the clutch gene. As our own D.J. Foster noted on twitter, Rick Adelman loves this elevator screen on the sideline out of bounds — and it worked…

  2. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Let the season begin!

    Oct 28, 2013, 1:16 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    To celebrate a new season, we bring you a new set of NBA Power Rankings from PBT. Let the kvetching about your ranking begin! Just remember that this is an exercise in fun — these are meaningless as the NBA has a playoff system to decide who is best. What sport would rely on journalist’s…

  3. Josh Smith rattles home game winning three for Pistons (VIDEO)

    Oct 25, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Josh Smith

    If you’re playing the odds, letting Josh Smith take the game winner from three is a smart play — he is a career 28.3 percent from beyond the arc. What the Timberwolves didn’t know is last season Josh Smith shot a solid 36.5 percent from three from the right side above the break — which…

  4. Ricky Rubio with bounce pass assist through Michael Carter-Williams’ legs (VIDEO)

    Oct 24, 2013, 9:21 AM EDT

    Ricky Rubio

    We call that the nutmeg (don’t ask me, it’s a soccer thing we picked up on this side of the pond). Welcome to the NBA Michael Carter-Williams. That guy with the shaggy hair is Ricky Rubio. He’s a gifted passer with a sense of flair, and he just made the nifty little bounce pass between your…

  5. PBT Roundtable: Who is your League Pass team this season?

    Oct 24, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    JaVale McGee

    Each week the PBT writers sit at a virtual roundtable, just like the knights of King Arthur, drink mead and discuss the NBA topic of the day. This week’s question: Who is going to be your League Pass team this season (the team outside the brightest spotlights that you keep finding yourself drawn to when there are…

  6. Kevin Love brags about winning “the ‘White Guy’ award”

    Oct 22, 2013, 6:23 PM EDT

    Kevin Love

    The NBA’s annual GM survey, analyzed by Kurt earlier today, contained few surprises. Who will win the championship? The Heat, as usual. Who will win MVP? LeBron James, obviously. Who is the best center? Dwight Howard, of course. Who’s the best coach in the NBA? Gregg Popovich, surely. Which player makes the most of limited…

  7. Timberwolves pick up option on Derrick Williams, now just have to find fit

    Oct 22, 2013, 3:02 PM EDT

    Derrick Williams

    Derrick Williams is going to stay with the Timberwolves — the team is picking up his option for this season as expected, reports the Associated Press. On the very surface this seems a simple and smart move — he started 56 games for the Wolves last season, averaging 12 points and 5.5 rebounds a game…

  8. Tweet of the Day: Morey understands how to fill out GM survey

    Oct 22, 2013, 2:38 PM EDT

    daryl-morey-rockets

    All of us just answer Lebron James to every question RT @AdamKoscielak Hey @dmorey, can U give silly answers 4the GM survey next year? — Daryl Morey (@dmorey) October 22, 2013 The NBA.com NBA GM Survey came out on Tuesday and it was a LeBron James love fest. GMs picked the Heat to win it…

  9. Kevin Love’s other job as a barista (VIDEO)

    Oct 21, 2013, 3:05 PM EDT

    Kevin Love

    Among the things ESPN does really well is advertising SportsCenter. Their ad campaigns of “sports star takes a role in the office” has had some great moments, and we like this new one with Kevin Love as the guy running the coffee cart. Nice little play on the double doubles. So we thought we’d pass…

  10. Kevin Love drops 22 on Celtics in Montreal (VIDEO)

    Oct 21, 2013, 10:59 AM EDT

    Ronny Turiaf, Jeff Green, Dante Cunningham,

    Maybe Kevin Love just wanted to make some French-Canadians happy? Minnesota played chunks of what likely will be their regular rotation on Sunday and went on to beat the Celtics 104-89 in a preseason game played in Montreal. Kevin Love had 22 points on 6-of-14 shooting and 2-of-8 from three. But what mattered for Minnesota is…

  11. PBT Roundtable: Who is poised for a breakout season?

    Oct 16, 2013, 1:17 PM EDT

    John Henson

    Each week the PBT writers sit at a virtual roundtable, just like the knights of King Arthur, drink mead and discuss the NBA topic of the day. This week’s question: Which player do you expect to have a breakout season? Kurt Helin: After spending an entire summer pumping up Toronto’s Jonas Valanciunas, I’ll go with……

  12. Adelman frustrated, basically calls Timberwolves lollygaggers

    Oct 14, 2013, 1:09 AM EDT

    Rick Adelman

    Skip: You guys. You lollygag the ball around the infield. You lollygag your way down to first. You lollygag in and out of the dugout. You know what that makes you? Larry! Larry: Lollygaggers! Skip: Lollygaggers. — “Bull Durham” Rick Adelman didn’t exactly quote “Bull Durham” when talking about his Timberwolves team through four preseason…

  13. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: Minnesota Timberwolves

    Oct 9, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    Kevin Love, Nikola Pekovic, Ricky Rubio

    Last season: The Timberwolves never had much of a chance to finish better than their 31-51 record, thanks to a rash of injuries to the team’s top players. Kevin Love, Ricky Rubio, Chase Budinger and Nikola Pekovic all missed substantial time due to injury, rendering the season an unforced failure in the process. Signature highlight…

  14. Chase Budinger has knee surgery, out indefinitely

    Oct 1, 2013, 11:14 AM EDT

    Chase Budinger, Joakim Noah

    In today’s NBA teams are hesitant to give timelines for injury recovery. You can thank Andrew Bynum and Derrick Rose for that; teams are trying to avoid a public relations hit with their fans. Following reports of cartilage damage that cause swelling in his knee, Chase Budinger had knee surgery on Monday and  had his…

  15. Timberwolves’ Chase Budinger suffers serious knee injury

    Sep 27, 2013, 1:03 PM EDT

    Chase Budinger, Taj Gibson

    The injury bug just will not leave the Minnesota Timberwolves alone. A season after they lost Kevin Love for much of the year when he broke his hand twice, and after Ricky Rubio missed part of the season (and wasn’t himself for much of it) recovering from a major knee injury comes this news: Chase…

  16. PBT Roundtable: Who gets the last couple playoff spots in the West?

    Sep 19, 2013, 11:59 AM EDT

    Kevin Love, Wayne Ellington, Ricky Rubio

    Welcome to PBT’s regular roundtable on issues around the NBA, where our writers weigh in on the topic of the day. Today: The conventional wisdom is in the West the Thunder, Spurs, Clippers, Warriors, Grizzlies and Rockets are playoff locks (barring catastrophe). If true, who gets those final two slots? Kurt Helin: I think Minnesota,…

  17. Check out Marc Gasol’s length-of-court assist for Spain (VIDEO)

    Sep 18, 2013, 4:41 PM EDT

    BASKET-EURO-2013-ITA-ESP

    Top that, Mr. Outlet Pass Kevin Love. The best part of Marc Gasol‘s length of the court assist to Sergio Llull  is the discus-like pass — that is impressive. Grizzlies exec John Hollinger went on twitter and said Memphis is going to add this to their playbook. Spain won the EuroBasket quarterfinals game against Serbia 90-60…

  18. Derrick Rose says he would like to play for Team USA at World Championships

    Sep 17, 2013, 2:27 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose

    Kevin Durant and Kevin Love flew to Las Vegas this summer to tell coach Mike Krzyzewski personally that they were in for next summer, when Team USA will compete in the World Championships in Spain. Now you can add Derrick Rose to the mix. He is coming off an entire missed season after an ACL…

  19. Owner confirms Adelman will be back to coach Minnesota

    Sep 16, 2013, 9:44 AM EDT

    Rick Adelman

    There really is no surprise here — Rick Adelman has been around the Timberwolves offices of late, working to get ready for the season, plus team president Flip Saunders said he was confident the coach would return for this season. Now the owner says it is a done deal — Adelman will be back on…

  20. Brad Stevens: No timetable for Rajon Rondo’s return, urges him to do so when ready

    Sep 13, 2013, 8:39 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo, Brooklyn Nets, Kris Humphries

    There’s far less of a sense of urgency for Rajon Rondo to return to the Celtics lineup than there was for say, Derrick Rose to try to get back on the court for the Bulls last season. We may see a similar vibe around the Celtics to the one we saw in Chicago, though, at…

  21. Saunders “very confident” Adelman will return as T-Wolves coach

    Sep 11, 2013, 11:18 AM EDT

    Rick Adelman, Mary Kay Adelman

    At this point, there is little doubt Rick Adelman is coming back to coach the Minnesota Timberwolves this year. But if situations like the one with Derrick Rose last year teach us anything it is this: If you don’t answer the question people will keep asking it. Adelman missed a chunk of games last season…

  22. Report: Minnesota undecided on picking up Derrick Williams’ fourth year

    Sep 6, 2013, 12:45 PM EDT

    Luis Scola, Derrick Williams

    I think they will do it. Derrick Williams is entering his third NBA season this fall and Minnesota now has to decide if they want him back for a fourth season. Usually teams keep a player on a rookie deal around unless he was a swing and a miss, or he’s just not in the…

  23. Watch for the new, svelte Kevin Love this season

    Aug 30, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Kevin Love

    When Kevin Love entered the league he was clearly going to need a little conditioning work — he wasn’t fat, but you wouldn’t exactly use the word “chiseled” either. His body has evolved and he has gotten thinner over his five NBA seasons, but that seems to have reached the next level reports Charley Walters…

  24. Timberwolves want Rubio to become better shooter, scorer

    Aug 28, 2013, 10:33 AM EDT

    Ricky Rubio

    Ricky Rubio can pass, that was never in question. He’s a good floor general and he sees the court and sets guys up brilliantly. But his shooting needs work. Last season he struggled to finish on the attack shooting 41.4 percent inside eight feet, plus he shot 34.6 percent from the midrange. He took the…

  25. Report: Timberwolves to hire Wizards’ Milt Newton to be GM

    Aug 28, 2013, 8:58 AM EDT

    Milt Newton

    Flip Saunders, the guy calling the shots in Minnesota, has been looking to hire a general manager. Saunders wanted somebody to do the day-to-day GM work (scouting, dealing with agents who call) and provide another voice on team issues. Apparently he found his guy in the Wizards front office, reports Darren Wolfson of ESPN 1500…

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