Tag: Minnesota Timberwolves

Celtics Win Wire-to-Wire Game Against Minnesota, Hayward Drops 35

It seems that Gordon Hayward loves to play against the Minnesota Timberwolves, in their December meeting Hayward scored a game high 30 points and in yesterday’s match-up he dropped a season high 35 points. Hayward torched the Timberwolves defense all game scoring as he shot 14-of-18 from the field to go along with five assists to lead Boston to a 115-102 victory at home.

“He’s going to make a lot of shots, because he’s got a lot due,” said Celtics head coach Brad Stevens. “He was disappointed in how he shot the ball, obviously, in San Antonio and got back in the gym this morning.”

Hayward is still working his way back from the gruesome leg injury suffered on opening night of the 2017-18 season that sidelined him all of last season. “When you see the ball go through the hoop, and it give you a little bit of confidence. Getting stuff in transition, some easy ones, kinda get yourself going, that stuff always feels good,” said Hayward after the game.

Terry Rozier stepped up in Irving’s absence

From the start of the game you can see Terry Rozier had that bounce in his step, as he started for the injured Kyrie Irving. In the first quarter Rozier was a perfect 5-of-5 from the field with some impressive shot making and fancy lay-ups to the basket. He would finish the game with 16-points and five assist on 32 minutes of action.

NBA: Boston Celtics at Toronto Raptors

There’s no denying that Rozier is a true starting point guard in the league, his numbers as a starter differ from those when he comes off the bench. Rozier’s numbers are noticeably higher as a starter than as a reserve, in 22 minutes off the bench this season he’s averaging 8.1 points per game (PPG), 2.5 assists per game (APG), 3.8 rebounds per game (RPB) all while shooting 36.8 percent from the field and 34.8 percent from three-point range.

In his three games as a starter this season Rozier is averaging 16 PPG, 4.7 APG, 5.3 RPB, is shooting 56.7 percent from the field and 47.1 percent from behind the arc. Rozier’s confidence as a start results in a greater impact on the floor for Boston, before Wednesday’s game his mentality was simply to “go out there and kill.”

Third Quarter Problems Continue For the Celtics

For the second straight game the third quarter was a problem for Boston, in their prior game against San Antonio they gave up 46-points in the third. Against the Timberwolves last night the same issue came into play, the Celtics were up by 18 at the half and in the third quarter Minnesota punished Boston in the paint scoring 39 points in the quarter.

Center, Karl-Anthony Towns stuffed the stat sheet in the second half, with only four points at the half Towns finished with 28-points, 12 rebounds and seven assists. A lot of it had to do with the absence of Aron Baynes for Boston and their undersized big men in Al Horford, Daniel Theis and Guerschon Yabusele.

The Celtics continue their home stretch as Luka Doncic and the Mavericks visit TD Garden on Friday, a game Boston would very much like to win after losing their first meeting in November.

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Has Gordon Hayward Found His Aggressive Play?

During the Celtics four day break from action Kyrie Irving pulled Gordon Hayward aside during practice and reminded him of the player he is, “look for your shot more. Get aggressive and get yourself going because you are a great talent in this league and I don’t want you to ever forget that,” said Irving.

In Saturday night’s road game those words came into fruition as Hayward played his best game in a Boston uniform dropping 30 points, grabbing nine rebounds and dishing out eight assists. 16 of his 30 points came in the fourth quarter. After a win against the red-hot Minnesota Timberwolves the Celtics have managed to win three straight.

Over the last three games Hayward is averaging 22 points per game off the bench. Irving has emphasized how much the Celtics need Hayward to be more aggressive, “Of course, he does a great job of coming off the pick-and-roll and making those passes, but I want him to be aggressive and score the basketball for us as well because we are going to need it down the stretch,” said Irving.

Jaylen Brown Still out While Celtics are Rolling

NBA: Boston Celtics at Dallas Mavericks

Riding a three game winning streak Boston now find themselves in the sixth seed in the east, but what’s going to happen once Jaylen Brown returns from his back injury. Marcus Smart has been starting in place of the injured Brown, Marcus Morris has also been productive in the starting line-up scoring 16 points in the win against the Timberwolves.

With Boston now riding a wave of success we’ll see if they can continue it once Brown returns to the rotation. We also have to see when Brad Stevens will put all his chips in and go back to the original starting five of Irving, Brown, Hayward, Tatum and Horford. There’s still many holes the Celtics have to fill, but let us embrace the performance Hayward put up over the weekend.

Why Minnesota Came To The Decision to Finally Trade Jimmy Butler

According to ESPN Insider’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe, Minnesota Timberwolves’ President and Coach Tom Thibodeau came to the decision to finally trade Jimmy Butler after losing 5 straight games.

After devastating losses to the Kings, Lakers, Clippers, and Trailblazers, Thibodeau finally came to the realization that the team will accomplish nothing with Butler still present on the team. In light of everything, this trade did not help strengthen another Western Conference foe as Butler was sent to the Eastern Conference.

Butler was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers this afternoon and the Timberwolves hope to turn their ship around in hopes of reaching the playoffs with their new talent on the team.

Trade details included:

Minnesota Timberwolves Receives

Robert Covington
Dario Saric
Jerryd Bayless
2022 Second Round Pick

Philadelphia 76ers Receives

Jimmy Butler
Justin Patton

Minnesota has agreed to this deal and hopes to have everything finalized by Monday.

Philadelphia will add the 4x all-star to their core big three featuring Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid. Minnesota will add on two outstanding role players in Saric and Covington to build around Karl Anthony-Towns and Andrew Wiggins.

It has been a long time coming for Jimmy Butler as during the summer he has made it known around the league that he was open to being traded from Minnesota. With all the drama surrounding Butler, Andrew Wiggins, and Karl Anthony Towns, Butler was more than likely going to be traded. Rumors and speculations had Butler being traded to the Miami Heat, Brooklyn Nets, or the Los Angeles Clippers.

The 76ers hope to make a deep playoff push with their new additions and Butler hopes to seek out a contract extension from the 76ers during the season. Philly can offer Butler a 5-year max contract while other teams can offer only 4 years.

 

 

NBA Trade: Butler Blockbuster Bolsters Sixers Core

The Details…

The Minnesota Timberwolves and Philadelphia 76ers reached an agreement on a major trade on Saturday that sent Superstar Jimmy Butler and Justin Patton to the Sixers in exchange for Dario Saric, Robert Covington, Jerryd Bayless, and a second-round draft pick in 2022.

The trade aids both sides — the Timberwolves receive a great deal of bench depth, as well as a high-ceiling youngster in Saric, and, as an added bonus, they no longer have to worry about sending Butler to a Western Conference rival. Philadelphia, on the other hand, finally get their hands on the star they’ve been looking for.

A big three of Embiid, Simmons, and Butler should send the Sixers soaring in Eastern Conference favorability, but they’ll have to work hard to get past Giannis and the Bucks, as well as Kawhi and the Raptors.

Philadelphia, Butler Already Talking Extension

There are also reports of discussion between Jimmy Butler and the Sixers about a multi-year extension, though no official talks are allowed to take place just yet.

Free NBA Picks for February 13th, 2018

9-6-1 over the past 6 days. 2 tonight.

Rockets -2.5 vs the Minnesota Timberwolves

Brooklyn Nets v Houston Rockets

The Rockets are 9-1 the last 10, the T-Wolves are 4-6. The Rockets have been on fire providing constant production between Chris Paul and James Harden. Gerald Green has been the spark plug that has kept the Rockets offense clicking when CP3 and Harden leave the court. The Rockets have heavy bench talent which provides the one up against many teams that don’t have a great bench.

The T-wolves are a great team, but the Rockets have been absolutely filthy. The T-Wolves have their best opportunity to take them down considering they are home.

The T-Wolves are 23-6 at home, going against the Rockets who are 20-7 on the road this season. The first meeting between these 2, the Rockets won by 18 at home. It should be way closer tonight, unless the Rockets get on a roll that not even Minnesota can stop. Take the spread, the value behind it is great considering the Rockets are 13-2 the last 15 games.

Bucks -7.5 vs the Atlanta Hawks

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The Bucks are 8-2 the last 10. The Bucks have been red hot since dropping head coach Jason Kidd. The Hawks are coming off a come from behind W over the Magic where the Hawks seemed to piece it together in the last few minutes.

The Hawks are 4-6 the last 10.

The Bucks are expected to get back Jabari Parker.

Tonight the Bucks should destroy the Hawks. I can see this going the Bucks way the entire game. The Hawks won’t trail by more than 8 maybe until halftime. Then I can see the Greek “Freak” take over, dismantling the injury riddled Hawks team.

Go for the points, take the Bucks,. I say they win by 9 or 10.

good-luck

Free NBA Picks for January 30th, 2018

Last night we saw the Pacers win by 9 easily covering the spread. We also saw the Celts top the Nuggets by 1, not needing the spread which went up to +2 on some sites for the Celts.

The Suns started off good, but fell hard in the 2nd after giving up 42 points in a quarter.

I have 4 Pick suggestions for tonight’s card

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Thunder -3.0 vs the Washington Wizards

The Thunder are continuing to dominate the NBA in the month of January.

They are 5-0 past 5 games, 8-2 past 10. John Wall was declared out for the next couple weeks as well. The Wizards have been noted to play worse against teams that are worse than them, but without Wall; the Wizards may be screwed for those 2 weeks.

Westbrook, Pg13, and Melo are going to eat tonight.

Timberwolves +6.0 vs the Toronto Raptors

Minnesota Timberwolves v Golden State Warriors

Both teams enter tonight’s matchup looking to get back on track. The Raptors are 5-5 the past 10 along with the T-Wolves. The Raptors at home however are 18-4 at home this season.

The T-Wolves beat the Raptors at home by 6 on January 20th, which isn’t long ago.

I have a feeling that the T-wolves could be losing the elite game, but should be able to push hard enough to cover the spread, possibly losing. Wouldn’t surprise me if the T-Wolves upset tonight as well.

Cavs -5.5 vs the Detroit Pistons

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The Cavs are having their worst season under LeBron James as the entire team just looks off. It shouldn’t be a surprise to readers; the dissension going on in Cleveland is real.

The Pistons are coming off a blockbuster trade in which they acquired Blake Griffin from the Clippers, in order to make a push for the East. Griffin won’t be in the lineup tonight and same with Avery Bradley and Tobias Harris as they also have been traded in part of the deal.

The Pistons are 1-9 the past 10 games.

Take the Cavs and the points to beat the Pistons. The Pistons will need a great game from everyone if they aim to take down the second best in the East.

 

Trail Blazers -2.5 vs the Los Angeles Clippers

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The final pick is of course my favorite matchup of the night, the late night game.

The Clippers traded Blake Griffin yesterday in order to soften the landing spot for LBJ in the offseason. It’s also rumored that Lou Williams and DeAndre Jordan may be on their way as well, as the Clips look to move on from Griffin and Chris Paul.

The Clips are 7-3 the past 10, compared to Portland who is 6-4.

With Griffin on another team, I think the Clips will have to learn how to play without that constant production forever, as opposed to a short duration of time. The shooters on the Trail Blazers are amazing consisting of Damian Lillard and C.J McCollum.

Jursuf Nurkic has a big matchup tonight as he’ll be matched up with DeAndre Jordan who averages almost 15 RPG.

The Clips could perform better without Blake Griffin. But that feeling in the locker room that no one is safe should play a major part in the mental game for tonight which is why I love the Trail Blazers at -2.5.

 

Good luck!

 

 

 

Minnesota Timberwolves Feature #1: The (New) Beginning.

Utah Jazz v Minnesota Timberwolves

The season has begun, and more eyes are on the Minnesota Timberwolves this season than ever. The pressure mounted on Minnesota leading to the NBA regular season. It is possible, in fact very likely, that the Timberwolves will be making their first playoff appearance since 2004 this season. Even though the Timberwolves are part of a stacked Western Conference, Minnesota has a strong roster, with multiple players that can perform on both sides of the ball. On top of their home-brewed talent in small forward Andrew WIggins and Center Karl-Anthony Towns, the acquisitions of shooting guard Jimmy Butler, point guard Jeff Teague and shooting guard Jamal Crawford have transitioned the team from the young team with the potential to a star-studded team ready to win now.

If you did not read the previous entry to the Minnesota Timberwolves feature, you can find it here:

Minnesota Timberwolves Feature #0: The History.

Season (So Far) In Review

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The Timberwolves began the regular season with a loss to the San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs are a defensive-minded team that match up extremely well with the Timberwolves. Even without San Antonio’s star small forward Kawhi Leonard, the Spurs were able to win by eight, with good performances by power forward LaMarcus Aldridge and shooting guard Danny Green.

On the Minnesota side of things, Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns were at the helm for the team. Jamal Crawford, Jeff Teague, and Jimmy Butler all made their presence known, but their inability to take care of the ball on offense and crash the boards on defense resulted in their loss to the Spurs.

Despite the loss, the Timberwolves still looked like a serious playoff contender, putting up a good fight against a stacked Spurs lineup. Two days later, Minnesota racked up their first win in a three-point victory over the Utah Jazz, thanks to a more even scoring distribution among their star players.

In their second huge test as a playoff team, the Timberwolves took on and defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder, a team with three legitimate stars, headlined by point guard and reigning NBA MVP Russell Westbrook. This two-point victory came after Andrew Wiggins hit a three-point shot with zeroes on the clock to win the game. On top of the game-winner, the entire starting lineup scored in double figures, including forward Taj Gibson, who also had 10 rebounds, racking up his first double-double of the season. The upset win over Oklahoma City cemented Minnesota’s presence in the Western Conference as a serious playoff contender, and not just hype from big-name offseason acquisitions.

After losing Jimmy Butler to illness for two games and dropping back-to-back games to the Indiana Pacers and the Detroit Pistons, it had seemed that Minnesota had wasted the momentum of a big win against Oklahoma City. However, Butler’s return proved to be vital, as the Timberwolves defeated Oklahoma City once again, headed by Towns’ 33 points and 19 rebounds and Jimmy Butler’s first 20 point performance as a member of the Timberwolves.

Their second win against Oklahoma City was the first of five straight victories for Minnesota, bringing their record to 7-3 and among the top in the Western Conference. During this stretch, the starters and Jamal Crawford took turns dishing out big performances and contributing an overall team effort to string together important wins early on in the season.

Twolves Warriors

The winning streak came to an end in Minnesota’s first matchup against the defending champion Golden State Warriors, where the Timberwolves lost in a blowout. This came as no surprise, given that it is early in the season for the Timberwolves, and asking them to defeat the Warriors in their first meeting with a new team is a tall order. However, an eight-point defeat to the struggling Phoenix Suns had shown a gaping hole in Minnesota’s game that was pointed out by Jimmy Butler: defense. The Timberwolves had let up 35 points to both Devin Booker and TJ Warren, players who are by no means superstars, especially Warren. This comes as a shock when looking at the fact that this Minnesota squad is coached by Tom Thibodeau, one of the better defensive minded coaches in the game today. This loss will presumably serve as a wake-up call for Minnesota, and hopefully, help them get back on track defensively in order to truly contend come playoff time.

Where Were they This Point in 2003-04?

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Through 12 games, the Minnesota Timberwolves were in the same spot as this team is now. The team was 7-5, led by their homegrown star forward Kevin Garnett and newly acquired guard/forward Latrell Sprewell, very similar to the success of Karl-Anthony Towns, a homegrown forward and newly acquired guard Jimmy Butler.  Unlike this year’s team, the Timberwolves found themselves in the seventh seed, which slightly more uncomfortable than the sixth seed the Timberwolves presently reside.

What’s in Store for Next Week?

The Timberwolves have four games slated for next week, highlighted by their second matchup against the San Antonio Spurs Wednesday and a game against the surprisingly hot Detroit Pistons on Sunday. From a Minnesota perspective, it would be desirable to win half of the games they have this week, preferably to have one of those come against the Spurs or Pistons. This week will be a true test for a struggling Minnesota defense, and at least a pair of stellar defensive performances can convince fans that this team is truly scary.