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  1. Minnesota’s Budinger out three months after knee surgery

    Nov 13, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

    Chase Budinger, Taj Gibson

    We knew what happened to Chase Budinger — he tore the lateral meniscus in his left knee Saturday while playing the Bulls. What we didn’t know was how long he will be out. Now we do, via Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports and the NBC Sports Network. After knee surgery today, Minnesota Timberwolves forward Chase…

  2. Injuries have Timberwolves considering roster additions

    Nov 13, 2012, 12:53 PM EDT

    Mickael Pietrus

    Kevin Love’s hand. Ricky Rubio’s knee. Chase Budinger’s knee. Brandon Roy’s knees. J.J. Barea’s foot. Now after Monday night you can add Nikola Pekovic’s ankle to the list. Minnesota’s long list of injuries is long and serious. It’s a huge credit to coach Rick Adelman that the Timberwolves are 5-2 this young season. But they…

  3. Baseline to Baseline recaps: It’s all about the Boston offense

    Nov 13, 2012, 8:40 AM EDT

    Brandon Bass, Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo, Jason Terry

    Our nightly roundup of all the action in the NBA. Or, what you missed while being scared by the idea of a Hillary Clinton decorating show…. Jazz 140, Raptors 133 (3OT): Utah got its first road win but the Raptors made them really work for it — they needed the second three of Al Jefferson’s…

  4. Video: Timberwolves beat the Pacers on a beautiful backdoor cut

    Nov 9, 2012, 11:41 PM EDT

    Rick Adelman

    Chase Budinger really, really likes playing for Rick Adelman. He openly gushes about the opportunities Adelman’s corner offense creates for him, and how the principles of Adelman’s system mesh perfectly with his ability to shoot 3-pointers and make decisive cuts. With all the talk today after Mike Brown’s firing, it’s hard not to look at…

  5. Kirilenko, Pekovic forced Alexey Shved to get a haircut

    Nov 6, 2012, 4:48 PM EDT

    alexey-shved-haircut

    We’re not exactly hair experts here at PBT, but we noticed that Russian rookie guard Alexey Shved entered the NBA with kind of a Ricky Rubio mop-head look going on. It worked for him, I guess. But we noticed as Shved was putting up 10 points in the fourth quarter for Minnesota to lead their…

  6. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Spurs, Knicks remain undefeated

    Nov 6, 2012, 4:42 AM EDT

    Rasheed Wallace, Tyson Chandler

    Our nightly recap of every game around the NBA. We catch you up on what you missed while you were finding out where Superman’s home planet Krypton actually was…. Spurs 101, Pacers 79: Don’t look now, but the Spurs are defending again this year. Which is how they crushed the Pacers. We broke it down.…

  7. With Love out what’s next for Minnesota? Nothing. Yet.

    Oct 18, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

    Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

    Derrick Williams, hope you’re ready for your close-up. Kevin Love has broken two bones in shooting hand and is now out for at least six weeks. Meaning we’re talking a return around Thanksgiving at the very earliest, probably more like the first week of December. That is in addition to Ricky Rubio being out from…

  8. NBA season preview: Minnesota Timberwovles

    Oct 12, 2012, 3:54 PM EDT

    Kevin Love

    Last season: What could have been. This was a team playoff bound (or at least in the mix for it) until injuries wiped out those hopes. First was the biggie, Ricky Rubio’s ACL, but then both Kevin Love and Nikola Pekovic went down and the whole thing fell apart. The Timberwolves finished 26-40 and back…

  9. Report: Lou Amundson agrees to deal with Timberwolves

    Sep 24, 2012, 4:02 PM EDT

    Louis Amundson

    After looking at a few guys to come in as an off-the-bench big man for Minnesota, they made their choice. And sorry Timberwolves fans, it is not Anthony Tolliver. Minnesota and Lou Amundson reached terms on a one-year deal, tweets Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida. Source tells me Lou Amundson to sign a 1-year…

  10. Tuesday And-1 links: Who are the best shooters never to win three-point contest?

    Sep 11, 2012, 8:31 PM EDT

    Reggie Miller

    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 like Guy Fieri loves bacon and bad hair. • Who are the best three-point…

  11. Blatche, Whiteside, Tolliver in mix for Timberwolves roster

    Aug 29, 2012, 10:03 AM EDT

    Tolliver_wolves

    Minnesota has one roster spot left to use and they want to give it to a big man. Specifically, a big man willing to take a minimum contract. Which is why a Timberwolves scout was watching Hassan Whiteside and Andray Blatche work out in Houston, something reported by ESPN 1500 out of Minnesota. Both of…

  12. Minnesota might round out its roster with… Mehmet Okur? Nah.

    Aug 17, 2012, 8:58 PM EDT

    Mehmet Okur

    The Timberwolves have a pretty set front line — Kevin Love and Nikola Pekovic will start, with Andrei Kirilenko and Greg Stiemsma behind them. And you can throw Dante Cunningham in the mix if you want. They may want one more big to round out the roster… but Mehmet Okur? That’s the rumor from Darren…

  13. Hawks wanted to talk Howard deal, Timberwolves not so much

    Aug 13, 2012, 10:32 AM EDT

    Danny Ferry, Hawks President of Basketball Operations and GM

    Now that the deal is finally done and our long national Dwightmare is over, the stories are starting to leak out. The jilted would-be brides are leaking things out (part out of frustration, but more out of the “hey look fan base, we really tried” motive). Others are saying they didn’t want to be part…

  14. Friday And-1 links: Can the Brooklyn Nets be hip?

    Aug 3, 2012, 5:44 PM EDT

    US rapper Jay-Z performs during a concer

    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 like 8-year-old girls love gymnasts. • Really fascinating post over at Nets Are Scorching:…

  15. Greg Stiemsma formally signs deal with Timberwolves

    Aug 2, 2012, 4:49 PM EDT

    Greg Stiemsma, Rajon Rondo

    Minnesota essentially swapped out Darko Milicic for Greg Stiemsma. That sounds like an upgrade to me. We’ve known about Stiemsma coming to Minnesota for a while, but he officially put pen to paper on Thursday and was introduced to the Minnesota media. This is a two-year deal although there is a team option for the…

  16. Wednesday And-1 links: This is Coach K’s last Olympics

    May 16, 2012, 5:43 PM EDT

    Krzyzewski & Kobe Bryant

    After a day off we return with our daily 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. • This wasn’t a secret, but Mike Krzyzewski confirmed…

  17. Magic’s Ryan Anderson named NBA’s Most Improved Player

    May 4, 2012, 1:40 PM EDT

    Ryan Anderson

    UPDATE 1:40 pm: It’s official, Ryan Anderson is your NBA’s Most Improved Player. As I said below, Anderson deserves some kudos for continuing good production this season as his minutes jumped from bench guy to starter. Not everyone can do that. Whether or not you think that should make him MIP depends on how you…

  18. Adelman wants some veterans on the T-Wolves next year

    Apr 25, 2012, 8:59 PM EDT

    Kevin Love, Wayne Ellington, Ricky Rubio

    Minnesota is a team on the rise — Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio give them a base of young stars, Nikola Pekovic is a solid big to put in the middle, the there are guys like Derrick Johnson who is developing and Wes Johnson (more question marks there) rounding out a young roster. What would…

  19. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Suns stay alive, Rockets don’t in playoff chase

    Apr 20, 2012, 8:47 AM EDT

    Phoenix Suns players rally around Frye and give him high fives after he put the Suns up over the Los Angeles Clippers late in the fourth quarter during their NBA basketball game in Phoenix

    What you missed while cracking up at the Californian’s skit from Saturday Night Live (seriously, we all talk about traffic like that)…. Heat 83, Bulls 72: It was a physical, low scoring playoff-style game — and the fact the Heat won should give them some confidence. Suns 93, Clippers 90: Phoenix played desperate at the…

  20. Friday morning one liners: Should Boston bring Garnett back?

    Apr 13, 2012, 11:48 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett reacts during their NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers as the Clippers' DeAndre Jordan looks on in Los Angeles

    Here is our daily 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. • Should the Boston Celtics offer Kevin Garnett a new contract after this season?…

  21. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Vintage Tim Duncan alert

    Apr 13, 2012, 10:02 AM EDT

    Tim Duncan, Marc Gasol

    What you missed while debating if you would give up sex for internet access… Bulls 96, Heat 86 (OT): Neither team looked like a playoff title contender, but this win moves the Bulls four games up on the Heat and pretty much cements them in as the top seed in the East. Our own Brett…

  22. Another Minnesota point guard down: Ridnour sprains ankle

    Apr 3, 2012, 8:09 AM EDT

    Luke Ridnour

    The good news is the Timberwolves are about get J.J. Barea back, because they are hurting again at point guard. Luke Ridnour went down Monday night with what appeared to be a severe ankle sprain. It was an innocent play where he stepped on Jimmer Fredette’s ankle, but the twist was nasty. No word yet…

  23. Timberwolves owner says Kevin Love no Kevin Garnett. Yet.

    Mar 30, 2012, 1:12 PM EDT

    Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves competes in the three-point contest during the NBA All-Star weekend in Orlando

    Kevin Love is putting up video game numbers in March — averaging 31.2 points per game and having double-doubles in nine straight games. It’s led to a lot of hype — too much hype. Like saying this puts Love in the MVP discussion. He’s had an All-Star season, but a guy on a below .500…

  24. In case you missed it, Kevin Love is in Beast Mode

    Mar 29, 2012, 10:49 AM EDT

    Kevin Love

    Last night against the Bobcats, Kevin Love dropped 40 points and grabbed 19 rebounds. A good night by anyone’s standards, but for Love that was just his third highest total this month. Those kinds of numbers are almost becoming routine — he’s had nine straight double-doubles and had more than 20 points in 14 of…

  25. Monday And-1 links: Trayvon’s father thanks Heat players

    Mar 26, 2012, 11:03 AM EDT

    Miami Heat hoodie photo

    Here is our daily 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. • The father of Trayvon Martin thanked the Miami Heat for their support. •…

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