Aldridge & Randolph “Get the Last Laugh”
Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love may have beaten out a Northwest Division counterpart, in LaMarcus Aldridge for the All-Star game, but LA has edged him out as a member of the All-NBA Team(s).
There was of course a lot of controversy after Commissioner David Stern chose the Wolves’ Kevin Love over LaMarcus Aldridge for Yao Ming’s All-Star injury replacement. A lot of people were upset, the argument being: LA is actually playing for and practically carrying a winning team, whereas Kevin Love had incredible numbers playing for, what would eventually be: the worst team in the NBA (record-wise). Zach Randolph was also looked over as he was putting up his usual and impressive 20-10 numbers for the Memphis Grizzlies (who, if you’re watching the Playoffs are doing simply: AMAZING, lead by?…Z-BO!).
Aldridge & Randolph have exacted their revenge, though I highly doubt that either one sees it that way, they’re just playing the game in search of a ring.
Both LA & Z-Bo are members of the 3rd All-NBA Team. The teams stack up as follows…
FIRST TEAM: Derrick Rose (CHI), Kobe Bryant (LAL), LeBron James (MIA), Kevin Durant (OKC), Dwight Howard (ORL)
SECOND TEAM: Russell Westbrook (OKC), Dwayne Wade (MIA), Dirk Nowitzki (DAL), Amar’e Stoudemire (NYK), Pau Gasol (LAL)
THIRD TEAM: Chris Paul (NOH), Manu Ginobli (SAS), LaMarcus Aldridge (POR), Zach Randolph (MEM), Al Horford (ATL)
That’s all for now. Stay up to date will all your Minnesota Timberwolves news from around the League right here all summer long! Until then, thanks for reading and as always GO WOLVES!
It was a dogfight, and we just kept battling. We were a little out of sync. We were a little tired. Not really tired, but a little fatigued. It was one of those games where we came out a little slow and had to build up to it. We came out and played to our competition, but we stepped it up at the end.
Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph after Saturday’s game vs. the T’Wolves
Grizzlies hand Wolves 60th loss of the season
The shorthanded Minnesota Timberwolves travelled to Memphis for Saturday’s game vs. the Grizzlies and without starters Kevin Love and Darko Milicic as well as reserve guard Sebastian Telfair. The Grizzlies without Rudy Gay (out with shoulder injury for season) were able to take down the Wolves 106-89.
The starting lineup for Minnesota featured G: Luke Ridnour, Wayne Ellington F: Wesley Johnson, Michael Beasley C: Nikola Pekovic. For the Grizzlies G: Michael Conley, Tony Allen F: Sam Young, Zach Randolph C: Marc Gasol.
It was Minnesota’s 10th straight loss and their 60th of the season. A sub-par performance from the Grizzlies who were without their best player were still able to take out the Wolves.
The Grizzlies were lead by Zach Randolph with 22 points and 8 rebounds. O.J. Mayo with 20 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. Tony Allen: 12 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 4 steals.
The Timberwolves were lead by Michael Beasley who started at power forward with 20 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 blocks. Luke Ridnour with 17 points and 3 assists. Nikola Pekovic starting in place of Darko had 14 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 blocks. Off the bench Martell Webster and Anthony Tolliver both had 12.
Without their starting frontline, the Timberwolves were out-rebounded a +10 (34-44). Of which the Grizzles were able to grab 17 offensive rebounds. As usual the young Wolves had trouble holding on to the ball and turned it over 26 times, leading to 33 Memphis points. The Grizzlies on the other hand did turn the ball over 18 times, but only allowed 8 T’Wolves points. The Grizzlies also rocked the Wolves in the paint by a 36-56 advantage. Without Kevin Love and Darko Milicic; Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol dominated down low.
The Minnesota Timberwolves fall to 17-60 on the season and their next game will be against the New Jersey Nets on Tuesday night at the Prudential Center in New Jersey. Tipoff is set for 6pmCT and a full-gameday preview can be found on this site before then. As per usual thanks for reading and GO WOLVES!