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- Timberwolves Plan To Sign Lorenzo Brown On 10-Day Contract January 27, 2015The Minnesota Timberwolves plan to sign Lorenzo Brown to a 10-day contract. Brown has played for the Grand Rapids Drive in the NBA D-League.
- Minnesota Timberwolves Weekly: Nikola Pekovic makes his return January 26, 2015The week that was: Nikola Pekovic Things reverted back to the norm for the Minnesota Timberwolves this week, as the Timberwolves lost all four games they played this week. One positive from this week is that Nikola Pekovic was finally able to return from injury, as he had been out for the last few months with a wrist and ankle injury. This is great news for the Timberwolves as the return of the big man marks the end of trying undersized players like Robbie Hummel and Anthony Bennett at center. Kevin Martin was also supposed to return this week, but unfortunately suffered another setback, so it will be a little while longer before Martin gets over his wrist injury. The Timberwolves played some good teams, as they went up against the New Orleans Pelicans, Dallas Mavericks and Atlanta Hawks, but they could have at least recorded a win against the Charlotte Hornets. However, as a whole the team struggled to score on offense, and were unable to capitalize on the few occasions where they held Dallas and New Orlea
- Which NBA player should get next on a signature shoe deal? January 23, 2015With Damian Lillard and Steph Curry now recipients of signature shoe deals with adidas and Under Armour, we ask a simple question. Who's next to get a signature shoe deal? The post QOTD: Which NBA Player Should Get Next On A Signature Shoe Deal? appeared first on The Sports Fan Journal.
- Minnesota Timberwolves: Zach LaVine set to fly in NBA Dunk Contest January 22, 2015Gerald Green‘s 2008 Cupcake Dunk Not everybody may yet know how ridiculously athletic Timberwolves rookie Zach LaVine is, but they soon will. With a 44 inch vertical, LaVine is sure to make a splash in the NBA Dunk Contest. The Timberwolves haven’t had a player in the Dunk Contest since Gerald Green got second in the 2008 Dunk Contest with his acclaimed ‘Cupcake Dunk’. While it would be cool to see both Andrew Wiggins and LaVine in the Dunk Contest, LaVine will still be a good candidate to win. He will be up against Victor Oladipo of the Orlando Magic, Mason Plumlee of the Brooklyn Nets and the Greak Freak Giannis Antetokoumpo of the Milwaukee Bucks. All of the competition has great leaping ability though none of them have the vertical of LaVine. LaVine’s season has been fairly inconsistent in terms of his playing time and performance, so this will be a good chance for him to show what he can do in a national spotlight. The Timberwolves drafted LaVine knowing that he was very raw, so there have bee
- Pekovic's return a bright spot in Wolves' one-sided loss January 22, 2015MINNEAPOLIS -- It had been so long, Nikola Pekovic nearly forgot what it was like. Instead of donning dress socks, he was asking the Timberwolves equipment staff for a pair of NBA-issued stockings with Jerry West's silhouette on them. Instead of throwing on a shirt and mafia-style suit jacket, he was instructed to put on a red "NBA Fit" tee over a long-sleeve, dry-fit warmup shirt. And instead of watching, for the first time since Nov. 15, Nikola Pekovic played in a basketball game. "This is different feeling," Pekovic told reporters beforehand, smiling in front of his Target Center locker. And after posting 14 points on 5-of-11 shooting and four rebounds in Wednesday night's 98-75 loss to Dallas, Pekovic hopes to experience it 41 more times during the season's latter half. Pekovic's chronic injury issues make it easy to forget he played in 44 straight games last season, drawing All-Star consideration before a right ankle injury sidelined him for 28 of Minnesota's final 38 contests....
- Celtics-Timberwolves Preview (The Associated Press) January 28, 2015The Boston Celtics will finish with a winning record on their longest road trip of the season if they can get past the lowly Minnesota Timberwolves. The Celtics will try to send the Timberwolves to an 11th consecutive home loss and sixth in a row overall Wednesday night. Since opening its trek with a 102-93 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Jan. 19, Boston (16-27) has taken three of four, with its other defeat coming by three points to league-leading Golden State on Sunday. The Celtics bounced back with a 99-90 win over Utah the next day, their fourth game in five nights.
- Thunder-Knicks Preview (The Associated Press) January 28, 2015The Oklahoma City Thunder easily got by the New York Knicks in late November in their final game before Kevin Durant made his season debut. Durant could also be held out of Wednesday night's road matchup against the Knicks, who are returning to the court after their last game was postponed due to snow. Durant returned from a broken foot Dec. 2, four days after Oklahoma City cruised to a 105-78 win over New York. Oklahoma City (23-22) shot 41.9 percent but limited the Timberwolves to 34.1, including 2 of 13 from 3-point range.
- LaVine, Antetokounmpo headline 2015 Sprite Slam Dunk field (Ball Don't Lie) January 28, 2015The four-man field for NBA All-Star Saturday's marquee event has been set. As announced on NBA TV Tuesday night, the Sprite Slam Dunk will feature Minnesota Timberwolves rookie guard Zach LaVine, Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo, and Brooklyn Nets big man Mason Plumlee. Yahoo's own Adrian Wojnarowski reported last Wednesday that this group would participate in the event , which will cap the Valentine's Day festivities at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. [ Follow Dunks Don't Lie on Tumblr: The best slams from all of basketball ] None of the four have ever competed in an NBA dunk contest, so we will see a first-time champion. Below, check out dunk highlight clips of all four participants, along with some brief analysis of their chances at grabbing the title. Zach LaVine The 19-year-old LaVine is the clear favorite, having wowed on-lookers in his predraft workouts and Summer League . While LaVine has not had quite so many opportunities to fly in his young NBA career, his elite athleticism is always obvious. Giannis Antetokounmpo Antetokounmpo is known more for his bizarre feats of long-range dribbling than his high-degree-of-difficulty dunks, but it's safe to say that those atypical skills could allow him to pull off something we've never seen before. If the dunk contest is a spectacle, then the Greek Freak is a no-brainer participant. Victor Oladipo The second-year guard has been a notable dunker since his days as an Indiana Hoosier and recently threw down a 360 to close out a Magic win. He is the kind of player who might not have the best dunk of competition but could end up as the most consistent, which is often enough to win. Mason Plumlee It's safe to say that the 6-10 Plumlee is in the field because he plays for the host Nets, not because he is known as one of the NBA's premier aerial artists. Nevertheless, big men often do well in dunk contests by exploiting their height to perform feats that smaller players cannot. - - - - - - - Eric Freeman is a writer for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @FreemanEric
- Nets-Hawks Preview (The Associated Press) January 27, 2015With Al Horford and Paul Millsap producing so efficiently in the frontcourt, the Atlanta Hawks are on the cusp of the league's longest winning streak this season. It doesn't appear the stumbling Brooklyn Nets should stand in their way despite a couple of extra days off before visiting Atlanta, which looks to extend a franchise record with its 17th straight victory Wednesday night. The Hawks (37-8) broke the team record with a 103-93 win over Oklahoma City on Friday, then tied Golden State for the league's top win streak of the season with Sunday's 112-100 victory over Minnesota. Millsap has scored 18.5 per game and shot 56.9 percent through four games of Atlanta's seven-game homestand, while Horford has averaged 18.0 on 73.6 percent shooting over his last seven.
- Dose: Mike Conley Disappears (Rotoworld) January 27, 2015Two games were postponed, MCW and Kevin Durant were out, and Mike Conley and Dante Exum were highly disappointing. Tuesday's Dose breaks it down.
- Timberwolves Use Mo Williams’s 52 Points to End 15-Game Skid January 14, 2015Williams, a veteran point guard, had the highest point total in the N.B.A. this season, going 19 of 33 from the field in a victory over Indiana.
- N.B.A.’s Futility Record Seems Safe, Even From These Knicks and 76ers January 7, 2015The 76ers, the Timberwolves and the Knicks have managed only five wins each, spurring talk that one might break the N.B.A.’s futility mark, 9-73 by the 1972-73 Sixers.
- Nets Rally to Beat Nuggets; Cavaliers Rout Timberwolves December 24, 2014Joe Johnson scored 27 points, Mason Plumlee added 19 points and a career-high 13 rebounds, and the Nets came back in the fourth quarter to beat Denver.
- Grizzlies Halt Warriors’ 16-Game Winning Streak December 17, 2014Golden State had won 16 games in a row, the longest active streak in the N.B.A., entering the game against Memphis, which has now won five straight.
- Kobe Bryant Passes Michael Jordan and Leads Lakers to Win December 15, 2014Bryant moved into third place on the N.B.A. list for points in a career, finishing with 26 on Sunday to help the Lakers beat the Timberwolves.