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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. Kevin Love re-fractured his right hand, out indefinitely

    Jan 5, 2013, 6:46 PM EDT

    Kevin Love

    More bad news on the injury front for a Timberwolves team that has had more than its fair share. Kevin Love underwent an MRI on Saturday, which revealed a re-fracture of the third metacarpal on his right hand, the team announced. The injury occurred during the third quarter of Minnesota’s win in Denver on Thursday.…

  10. Love, Rubio both out for Minnesota Saturday vs. Portland

    Jan 5, 2013, 3:34 PM EDT

    Ricky Rubio

    Good news for the visiting Trail Blazers, bad news for a Timberwolves team that needs wins in a tight Western Conference. Both Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio will sit out for the Minnesota Timberwolves against the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday night. Rubio has been out with back spasms and didn’t travel with Minnesota this…

  11. Report: Grizzlies testing waters for potential Rudy Gay trade

    Jan 4, 2013, 3:01 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Phoenix Suns

    Memphis is one of those “maybe if everything goes right” contenders. They are not as talented as Oklahoma City or the Los Angeles Clippers, but they have a dominating front line with Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph. In the last couple weeks their elite defense has taken a step back, their already unimpressive offense has…

  12. Kevin Love sprains finger, Minnesota beats Denver without him

    Jan 4, 2013, 2:47 AM EDT

    Kevin Love

    You would think the injury gods have exacted their pound of flesh from the Timberwolves already this season, but they were not done. However it could have been a lot worse. Kevin Love left the game in the third quarter after spraining the middle finger on his right hand. The good news for Timberwolves fans…

  13. Latest All-Star voting returns in, Charles Barkley will not be happy

    Jan 3, 2013, 4:01 PM EDT

    APTOPIX NBA All Star Basketball

    Apparently, you folks have no concern whatsoever for Charles Barkley’s feelings. The day after Barkley said Dwight Howard and Kevin Garnett have not played well enough to be part of the All-Star starters, they are both in. Howard solidly, he’s a lock, and Garnett has stretched out his lead over Chris Bosh. Basically, nothing has…

  14. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Nets, Warriors get statement wins

    Jan 3, 2013, 8:01 AM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets' Williams drives against Oklahoma City Thunder's Westbrook during their NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the games yesterday in NBA action. Or, what you missed while figuring out what’s in and what’s out for 2013… Nets 110, Thunder 93: Well, P.J. Carlesimo has his signature win and for a night the Nets looked like the team from the first weeks of the season. Oh, they’re…

  15. Quote of the Day: Derrick Favors not Kevin Love’s biggest fan

    Jan 2, 2013, 4:52 PM EDT

    Kevin Love

    “(Kevin Love is) just like any other stretch 4 in the league…probably a better rebounder but pretty much like every other stretch 4.” —Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors, talking about Kevin Love with Timberwolves radio play-by-play guy Alan Horton.  If you want to debate whether Love is really a guy you can build a franchise…

  16. Derrick Rose travels with Bulls for first time this season

    Jan 2, 2013, 10:58 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose looks on from the bench against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Chicago

    The timetable for Derrick Rose to return to the Bulls hasn’t changed. But his rehabilitation is progressing as expected, which is certainly encouraging. Rose has been practicing with the team, though not fully just yet. He still can’t take full contact at this stage, yet the fact that he’s a regular fixture now with the…

  17. Nikola Vucevic grabs a franchise record 29 rebounds in Magic’s loss to Heat

    Dec 31, 2012, 10:48 PM EDT

    Shane Battier, Nikola Vucevic

    Setting a franchise record in any statistical category in the NBA is no doubt something to be celebrated. But when you do it in an area that’s traditionally dominated by big men, for a franchise that’s had two of the greatest frontcourt players of this era, it’s even more impressive. Allow me to introduce you…

  18. No changes atop latest All-Star voting, but Lin and Bosh could sneak in

    Dec 27, 2012, 2:54 PM EDT

    2012 NBA All-Star Game

    NBA fans around the globe love Kobe Bryant. Stunning, I know. The latest update on the NBA All-Star voting is out and there are no changes among the starters for either conference — but it’s starting to get close for a few guys. What is different is that Kobe moved past LeBron James as the…

  19. Chase Budinger hopes to be back with Minnesota in March

    Dec 27, 2012, 2:10 PM EDT

    Chase Budinger, Taj Gibson

    Minnesota just needs to get healthy — Ricky Rubio is back but is still playing 24 minutes a night or less, Kevin Love is back from a broken hand but is battling the flu, and the nagging injury list in Minnesota goes on and on and on. Minny also misses Chase Budinger, who was off…

  20. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Nowitzki is back and the Spurs could not care less

    Dec 24, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki, Elton Brand

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the day in NBA action. Or, what you missed while starting you Christmas shopping finally…. Spurs 129, Mavericks 91: Dirk Nowitizki is back and… yikes. San Antonio just dominated that game, hitting 20-of-30 three pointers, driving into the lane, basically doing whatever they wanted whenever they wanted. Danny Green led…

  21. Kevin Love out for Knicks game with eye injury

    Dec 23, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Kevin Love

    Late in Minnesota’s big win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night, Kevin Love took a pretty gnarly poke to the eye. Love eventually ended up stumbling to the free throw line, and in a half Michael Jordan-ish display, hit the freebie without being able to really see. Love appeared to be in amazement…

  22. Three Stars of the Night: All you need is Love

    Dec 21, 2012, 3:01 AM EDT

    Kevin Love

    So the Mayans had it wrong, and The Beatles had it right. To end the Thunder’s winning streak, all the Wolves needed was Love (of the Kevin variety) and maybe some bruising play from Nikola Pekovic, some serious playmaking from Alexey Shved, and a pinch of J.J. Barea. Having Russell Westbrook join Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely…

  23. Timberwolves snap Thunder’s 12-game winning streak

    Dec 20, 2012, 10:41 PM EDT

    J. J. Barea

    The schedule-makers didn’t do the Thunder any favors on Thursday, and Oklahoma City may have known ahead of time that it was going to be in for a battle that was perhaps tougher than most expected, given the team’s record, along with that of a Timberwolves opponent that it was facing. The Thunder came to…

  24. Timberwolves release Josh Howard due to knee injury

    Dec 20, 2012, 6:49 PM EDT

    Josh Howard

    Oh, the basketball gods can be cruel with their irony. Minnesota sighed Josh Howard in mid-November because they were shorthanded with injuries (Kevin Love’s hand, Ricky Rubio’s knee, Chase Budinger’s knee, Brandon Roy’s knees, J.J. Barea’s foot, and Nikola Pekovic’s ankle. But just as they started to get those guys back, Howard suffered a torn…

  25. Rubio’s second game back much more of a struggle than his first

    Dec 18, 2012, 8:43 PM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio shoots a free throw during their NBA game against Los Angeles Clippers

    Ricky Rubio returned to the basketball court for the first time since March on Saturday, and he largely played as if he never left. The energy he brought to his team while coming off the bench turned the game in Minnesota’s favor, even if it took them until overtime to ultimately come away with the…

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