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April 13, 2015 Updates

Jon Krawczynski: Sprained left ankle for Budinger. That's a relief for him after all those knee issues. Twitter @APkrawczynski

April 12, 2015 Updates

Stephen Curry had 34 points seven assists and four steals as the Golden State Warriors defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 110-101 on Saturday night. Klay Thompson netted 23 points Draymond Green supplied 13 points and 14 rebounds and Harrison Barnes provided 13 points and 12 boards for the Warriors who have won two straight on the heels of their brief two-game slide. Zach LaVine scored a career-high 37 points to go with nine boards for Minnesota which has dropped 10 in a row. USA Today Sports

April 11, 2015 Updates

The Minnesota Timberwolves released the following statement on behalf of Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations and head coach Flip Saunders regarding Ricky Rubio: “We have closely monitored the status of Ricky’s ankle injury during the rehabilitation process. Ricky recently experienced ongoing soreness in his left ankle and it became apparent that it was not responding according to its anticipated timeline for recovery. As part of this process we sought numerous opinions as to the best course of action. Ricky was most recently seen by Dr. Richard Ferkel of the Southern California Orthopedic Institute in Los Angeles and it was concluded that the best option would be to pursue diagnostic arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle. At the time of his initial injury we stated the importance of Ricky’s long-term health. He is an integral part of our future and we are taking every precaution to ensure that he will be able to perform to the best of his ability next season. This decision was one that was reached between Ricky, his representatives, the Timberwolves organization and the foremost practitioners in this field of orthopedics. The surgery will be performed on Monday by Dr. Richard Ferkel of Southern California Orthopedic Institute in Van Nuys, California. A further update on Rubio's estimated recovery period and anticipated return to basketball activities will be provided following the procedure.” NBA.com

Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio will have arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle early next week, a league source told Yahoo Sports. Rubio missed 43 games after badly spraining his left ankle on Nov. 7 against the Orlando Magic. The source said the surgery is considered to be a "minor cleanup" after the Spaniard had his "good and bad days" after returning to play. Rubio is expected to be ready for the T'wolves training camp next season, but the source said it is "highly unlikely" he will play for Spain this summer during the European championships. Minnesota signed Rubio to a four-year contract extension worth $55 million in November. He finishes the season with career lows in field-goal percentage (35.6) and 3-point percentage (25.5) while averaging 10.3 points, 8.8 assists and 1.7 steals in 22 games. The ankle injury and a torn left anterior cruciate ligament in his rookie year has limited Rubio to playing just 202 of a possible 309 games in his four-year NBA career. Yahoo! Sports

A reserve forward who built his NBA career by playing in the paint, Madsen hadn’t attempted a three-pointer that entire season or the season before that. But as Target Center fans implored him, he attempted seven in succession, all of which missed and the Grizzlies basically had no choice but to win 102-92 after two extra sessions. “I look back and I still feel some pain about that game,” Madsen said Friday at Staples Center. “It was a unique circumstance.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

April 9, 2015 Updates

Minnesota courted him heavily, and Batum said he became sold after spending several days with Adelman. "He was the right coach for me, that was the main reason - coach Adelman,'' Batum said. "But now, I don't regret it, because the way we play, and the direction of the franchise. I'm good with it. I'm good now.'' Oregonian

"Shorty doesn't always listen to everybody," Garnett says. "He'll tell you right off the top, 'I don't want to hear that shit,' or 'Get the hell away from me.' " Today, though, they talk, standing outside for 40 minutes. They talk later that night from their homes too, another half an hour or more on the phone. All of this is in the midst of what will prove to be their last hope for another title run -- Garnett, the Celtics' emotional anchor, burning time managing a petulant hothead. And it's here, back in his car, still fighting through traffic, that Garnett pauses, sighs and takes a deep breath. Where to begin? How to explain the mercurial on-court magician who Garnett believes is so misunderstood? ESPN.com

"That's that fire, man," Garnett says, every syllable punctuated with his signature fury. "That's that alpha fire that's in you. That's that knuckle-down, I'm-not-afraid-of-anything relentless attitude, like, 'I'm coming at you and if you're not ready, then I'm coming through you.' That's what makes him who he is. I always told him, 'Don't ever apologize for that, because that's your mojo, that's what makes you who you are.' But he's got to be able to control it. 'Let that be a part of you, but control it. Don't let it control you.' " ESPN.com

April 8, 2015 Updates

The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced center Nikola Pekovic underwent a successful debridement and repair of his right Achilles this morning. The surgery was performed by Dr. Robert Anderson at Ortho Carolina in Charlotte, North Carolina. Pekovic will be sidelined indefinitely. An update on his progress will be provided when appropriate. NBA.com

April 7, 2015 Updates

D League power forward Arinze Onuaku is joining the Wolves in Sacramento this afternoon and will be available if needed tonight against the Kings after the team signed him to a 10-day hardship-exception contract. The Wolves need another big body to finish the season now that injured Gorgui Dieng stayed home from this West Coast trip and Nikola Pekovic is headed for surgery on Wednesday in Charlotte. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Josh Weir: Team source tells me Arinze Onuaku being signed by T-Wolves, Jorge Gutierrez being signed by Bucks. Great for them, bad timing for Charge. Twitter


Kevin Garnett remains unquestionably the No. 1 player in franchise history. The other Kevin can no longer threaten that position.


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