The Washington Wizards avoided a pre All-Star break lull, defeating the Indiana Pacers 111-98 for their 34th win on the season. Markieff Morris and Otto Porter carried most of the teams scoring throughout the game, finishing with 21 and 25 points respectively.
Bradley Beal remained aggressive and put up 19 points of his own, as his backcourt partner and star John Wall dished out 12 assists and scored 20 himself. Marcin Gortat remained consistent, with 12 points, 7 rebounds, and a +14 line.
John Wall matched his career-high with 19 assists as the Wizards broke out of their post All-Star game funk with one of their best wins of the season. All five Wizards starters finished in double-figures tonight led by Bradley Beal with 25 and Markieff Morris with 22 as the Wizards closed out the Warriors 112-108.
There was a ton of hype leading up to this one and rightfully so. The Wizards waited until Golden State was in town before turning in their best first quarter of the season. Unfortunately, Kevin Durant injured his knee at the 10:27 mark of the first quarter and would be sidelined the rest of the game.
KAT continued his recent onslaught with another virtuoso performance. He had 32 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists and four blocks as the Wolves beat Denver in a close game down the stretch.
MINNEAPOLIS — After Karl-Anthony Towns basically single-handedly beat the Clippers on their home court last Thursday, he came home to find a deliciously hyped matchup with another promising young big man, Nikola Jokic.
Ricky Rubio showcased everything we’ve been waiting for. He had a career-high 33 points while adding 10 assists and five rebound
MINNEAPOLIS — Ricky Rubio decided to end his marvelous March with a cherry on top.
The 26-year-old point guard led the Wolves to a 119-104 victory over the tanking Lakers behind a career night. No, it wasn’t a new franchise mark in assists like he set earlier this year; tonight was different.
Andrew Wiggins and some stout second half defense leads the way for the Wolves in Denver.
That sound you heard was a gasp of breath from the Timberwolves’ playoff hopes, as they stayed (barely) alive with a big win over the Denver Nuggets in the final game before the All-Star break.
It was an impressive win under the circumstances. The second night of a back to back after expending a ton of effort in a losing cause last night against the Cavaliers. At altitude in Denver. And yet the Wolves played a strong second half, never trailing after taking a two point lead into halftime.
Tom Thibodeau completed the season sweep of his former team in dominating fashion.
The Timberwolves’ first sellout crowd of the 2016-17 season was not disappointed on Sunday.
The Wolves used a sizzling start and a brilliant first quarter by Ricky Rubio to grab a 34-17 lead after one quarter that eventually led to a 117-89 victory over the Chicago Bulls.
LAS VEGAS — Tyus Jones of the Minnesota Timberwolves was named Most Valuable Player of the Samsung NBA Summer League 2016, while nine additional players highlight the Samsung All-NBA Summer League First and Second teams, as selected by a panel of media members.
Andre Iguodala will seriously consider other teams’ offers, according to The Vertical. But we find it hard to believe he leaves the champion Warriors.
Andre Iguodala has been one of the cornerstones of the Warriors’ foundation of dominance, but that could come to an end this summer if recent reports on his free agency are true.
The NCAA’s transfer eligibility rules are under assault. A lawsuit filed in the spring argues that the NCAA’s restrictions applied to athletes who transfer from a Division I school to another Division I school are illegal on antitrust grounds. Judges will decide if that’s true.
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame will induct a new class on Friday, including three iconic players, who represented millions of outsiders just by virtue of being themselves.
The Dallas Mavericks signed free agent Yogi Ferrell last Saturday in desperation. Another 10-day contract player, Pierre Jackson, went down with a hamstring injury, and the Mavericks already were depleted at guard. Deron Williams has missed four straight games with a toe injury, J.J. Barea is continuing to miss time with a calf injury — the third time he’s hurt it this season — and on Friday, Devin Harris missed the game with illness, too.
Wins and losses aren’t the point with these teams as much as player development. Give the Wolves the edge in the player development department, as well as on the scoreboard.
In a matchup of Western Conference bottom-feeders, lots of points were scored, youth was served (at least on one side), and it was easy to see why both teams are far from being competitive. The Timberwolves pulled it out 115-108 behind strong performances from youngsters Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins and Zach LaVine, each of whom scored more than 20.
It's all in the planning. From Angel Reyes:
While is has been mentioned that a lot of situations had to break right for Durant to sign with the Warriors, a lot of people are still comparing it to the Heat big three.
Golden State Warriors center Zaza Pachulia was not taken aback after seeing the replay of his hard foul on guard Russell Westbrook with seconds to go in the half of Wednesday’s 121-100 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.
“You just move on,” Pachulia said according to ESPN’s Royce Young. “If he got hurt, that’s fine too. It’s part of the game.”
The Warriors are keeping their championship core together.
Zaza Pachulia will return to the Warriors on a one-year, $3.5 million deal, according to USA Today’s Sam Amick. Pachulia will play in his 15th year in the NBA and his second with the Warriors after winning the NBA Finals in 2017 as the starting center for Golden State.
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