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  1. Kevin Love taking a polar plunge for charity

    Mar 7, 2013, 10:32 PM EDT

    Kevin Love

    Kevin Love has spent plenty of time this year icing his right hand, which he broke in preseason then re-fractured just 18 games into his return. He’s going to do it again, just this time he’s going to ice the rest of his body, too. Love is going to take part in a Polar Bear…

  2. Could Flip Saunders replace David Kahn as Minnesota GM next year?

    Mar 5, 2013, 3:19 PM EDT

    File photo of Washington Wizards coach Saunders during an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston

    We told you earlier today that former Minnesota coach (and current ESPN analyst) Flip Saunders is working with a group of investors looking to buy the Timberwolves. In this scenario and Saunders would take over basketball operations (owner Glenn Taylor has had the team on the market for a while looking for an owner who…

  3. Report: Bulls close to signing Louis Amundson

    Mar 1, 2013, 12:42 AM EDT

    Lou Amundson

    We told you on Thursday it was getting close, some team was going to sign reserve forward Louis Amundson as an energy guy for the rest of the season. That team appears to be the Chicago Bulls, reports Marc Stein of ESPN. The Chicago Bulls are in talks with Louis Amundson about signing the veteran…

  4. NBA Power Rankings: Hot hot Heat move back to top spot

    Feb 25, 2013, 4:33 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Atlanta Hawks

    It looks like the Miami Heat have started to get focused and in the West it is the Spurs, Thunder and everyone else. The rest of the league has less than two months to state their case that they can knock one of those big three off. 1. Heat (40-14, last week ranked No. 2).…

  5. Kevin Love says he wants to play in 15-20 games this season

    Feb 25, 2013, 10:07 AM EDT

    Kevin Love

    Kevin Love has played in just 18 games for Minnesota this season. There were playoff hopes for the Timberwolves with Love coming off a gold medal summer with Team USA, but he broke his hand doing knuckle pushups in the preseason. He returned earlier than expected, struggled then started to get a groove before breaking…

  6. Report: Lakers, Sixers, Knicks among teams looking at Amundson

    Feb 12, 2013, 10:29 PM EDT

    Lou Amundson

    Lou Amundson has had an up-and-down few years in his “energy guy off the bench” role. He did well in Phoenix a for a couple years, had less success two seasons ago for Golden State and even less last season in Indiana. The power forward struggled enough for the Timberwolves this season — mainly an…

  7. Kevin Love says he loves being in Minnesota, wants to be there

    Feb 8, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Kevin Love

    There’s a perception that Kevin Love is not happy in Minnesota. Part of that is fueled by Love saying he didn’t feel the love from the Timberwolves organization last contract time, saying if this was still not a playoff team when his contract is up in a few years he would have to consider his options.…

  8. 2013 All-Star Three-Point Contest participants announced

    Feb 7, 2013, 7:42 PM EDT

    Stephen Curry, Monta Ellis

    The participants for the 2013 Foot Locker Three-Point Contest that will take place as the penultimate event of All-Star Saturday have been announced, and as usual, some of the league’s best shooters make up the field of six. Representing the East we have Paul George of the Pacers, Kyrie Irving of the Cavaliers, and Steve…

  9. Dwight Howard out Friday for Lakers due to shoulder injury

    Feb 1, 2013, 1:29 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard, Steve Nash, Goran Dragic, Luis Scola

    This shouldn’t come as a surprise. If you read ProBasketballTalk’s story on the injury from Brett Pollakoff, who was in the Lakers’ locker room after the loss to the Suns, you’d know Dwight Howard was in a lot of pain. Howard will sit out Friday night when the Lakers take on the Minnesota Timberwolves, something…

  10. Thursday And-1 Links: Andre Iguodala talks defense

    Jan 31, 2013, 6:42 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Dallas Mavericks

    Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points. • If you read one thing this week, it should be Matt Moore at…

  11. Report: Rick Adelman returns to Timberwolves

    Jan 28, 2013, 1:18 PM EDT

    Rick Adelman

    For the past three weeks, Rick Adelman has been away from the Minnesota Timberwolves, being with his ailing wife. Terry Porter has served as the interim coach. But he is back now, reports the Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press because Adelman had yet to publicly address the…

  12. Dwight Howard/Nets trade rumor shot down. True or not, consider Howard rumor season open.

    Jan 22, 2013, 6:29 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    The point here is not the specific rumor itself but what it signifies. This morning there was a report on Real GM that seemed to sweep across twitter and the Internet like a buffalo stampede — the Nets had interest in acquiring disgruntled Laker Dwight Howard. (I’m calling him disgruntled because I watched him play…

  13. The Extra Pass: Assessing Trade Situations (Northwest Division)

    Jan 21, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

    Paul Millsap, Al Jefferson

    The Extra Pass is a new daily column that’s designed to give you a better look at a theme, team, player or scheme. Today, we look at potential homes for players on the trading block.  Here’s a look at the trade situations for every team in the Northwest Division: Oklahoma City Thunder: 32-9, 1st in Northwest…

  14. Rubio wants Minnesota to stop using rash of injuries as excuse

    Jan 18, 2013, 10:36 AM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves guard Rubio is defended by L.A. Clippers' Crawford and Griffin during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Minneapolis

    Injury-ravaged Minnesota looked across the court and saw the Los Angeles Clippers — a team without MVP candidate Chris Paul due to injury. But without him the Clippers this week are 3-0 with road wins against Memphis, Houston before coming to Minnesota. The Clippers just steamrolled the Timberwolves Thursday and made Minnesota’s complaining about injuries…

  15. Ugly gets uglier as the Clippers defeat the injury-riddled Timberwovles

    Jan 18, 2013, 12:26 AM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves guard Rubio is defended by L.A. Clippers' Crawford and Griffin during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Minneapolis

    It was easy to be excited for this one going in. Ricky Rubio is always must see TV, and Eric Bledsoe is capable of providing some serious fireworks. Pit the two against each other, throw in a few Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan jams, and you’ve got yourself a game, right? Well, not exactly. Bledsoe…

  16. Minnesota signs Mickael Gelabale to help depleted front line

    Jan 17, 2013, 11:05 PM EDT

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    Minnesota needs some depth along the front line — Kevin Love had hand surgery this week and is out at least two more months, and also out injured are Chase Budinger, Brandon Roy, Josh Howard and Malcolm Lee. So Minnesota reached overseas and signed French national Mickael Gelabale, reports the Associated Press. He is expected…

  17. Ricky Rubio wants more minutes, despite some pain in his knee

    Jan 16, 2013, 3:54 PM EDT

    Ricky Rubio, Russell Westbrook

    Ricky Rubio, coming off an ACL surgery, has been on a minutes limit — he played 22 a game up until Monday night when he got 26. But he is frustrated and wants to do more, he told NBA.com. “It’s hard because I still have a little pain and it’s something you have to fight…

  18. Injuries, defensive woes have Timberwolves playoffs hopes fading

    Jan 15, 2013, 10:15 PM EDT

    Ricky Rubio

    Early in the season it was impressive — without stars Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio the Timberwolves were winning enough games to stay above .500. They were defending. The schedule was helpful, but it felt like once they got Kevin Love back from his broken hand and Ricky Rubio back from injury they would bolt…

  19. NBA Power Rankings: Thunder on top, Nuggets climbing ranks

    Jan 14, 2013, 4:11 PM EDT

    Russell Westbrook, Chris Duhon, Earl Clark

    Each of the top five teams in last week’s ranking suffered losses, some pretty ugly losses. So, who bounced back and looked best after that? Oklahoma City, so they maintain the top spot. 1. Thunder (28-8, Last week ranked No. 1). Kevin Durant is a better playmaker than last year. Russell Westbrook a better floor…

  20. The Extra Pass: Blake Griffin’s Undeserved Reputation

    Jan 14, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    The Extra Pass is a new daily column that’s designed to give you a better look at a theme, team, player or scheme. Today, we examine some of the criticism surrounding Blake Griffin. As fans, we take on the role of production line workers when new players enter the league. We inspect them quickly, stamp…

  21. Minnesota coach Adelman missed last two games to be with ill wife

    Jan 10, 2013, 11:38 AM EDT

    Rick Adelman

    Minnesota coach Rick Adelman has missed the last couple of games with what the team would only describe as “personal reasons.” But he may miss more so the team issued a statement on Thursday: Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Rick Adelman has missed the team’s last two games in order to be with his wife, Mary…

  22. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Dallas makes the Clippers work for it

    Jan 10, 2013, 8:01 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Clippers

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the games yesterday in NBA action. Or, what you missed while listening to an ice record… Spurs 108, Lakers 105: The Lakers went on a 13-2 run in the fourth quarter to make this game interesting down the stretch, but in the end the result was the fifth straight Los…

  23. Report: Kevin Love needs surgery on hand, out 8-10 weeks

    Jan 9, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT

    Kevin Love

    The basketball gods are not done taking out their vengeance on the Minnesota Timberwolves just yet. Kevin Love’s broken hand is worse than had first been reported — he needs surgery and will be out eight to 10 weeks, tweets Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports. Love missed the start of the season recovering from a…

  24. PBT Extra: Talking Lakers, Mavericks and Love

    Jan 7, 2013, 7:59 PM EDT

    Kevin Love

    This week on PBT Extra the incomparable Kay Adams and I are talking about the big stories in the NBA. Like how Kevin Love‘s hand injury harms the Timberwolves playoff chances in a crowded Western Conference. We talk Dallas a little and if there are any long-term issues between Mark Cuban and Dirk Nowitzki (there…

  25. NBA Power Rankings: Thunder on top, but it’s close

    Jan 7, 2013, 3:22 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Atlanta Hawks

    To be honest, you could have ranked the top three in this week’s PBT NBA Power Rankings and been fine. I’m giving the top spot to the Thunder this week because I think they’d beat the Clippers or Spurs in a seven game series right now. But not easily. 1. Thunder (26-7, Last week ranked…

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