Trans. Apr 17 3:26 ET (Apr 17 3:26 ET ) Kevin Love sat in front of his locker after the Minnesota Timberwolves' season came to a close, his sixth year in the NBA and his sixth without a trip to the playoffs. His body language is more a personality quirk than a referendum on Love's happiness or unhappiness with the only team he's played for, but nevertheless it projects a dour image that makes Timberwolves fans very nervous. Asked if he expected to be in a Timberwolves uniform next season, Love gave a long pause and kept staring at the floor, offering no answer before the interview was cut short. And with that, an offseason of uncertainty in Minnesota began.
Trey Burke scored a career-high 32 points to go with nine assists and seven rebounds and the Jazz avoided the worst record since moving to Utah 35 years ago with a 136-130 double overtime victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves in the season finale Wednesday night. Gordon Hayward had 23 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, and Derrick Favors added 21 points and 12 boards for the Jazz (25-57), who would have tied the worst record since the team relocated in 1979 with a loss. Kevin Martin scored 36 points for the Timberwolves (40-42), who missed a chance to finish with their first non-losing record since 2005. Kevin Love scored 19 points on 4-for-15 shooting in what could be Rick Adelman's last game as an NBA coach.
Kevin Love scored 40 points on 11-of-24 shooting (5-of-9 from deep, 13-of-16 from the line) with 14 rebounds, nine assists, and six turnovers in Monday's loss to the Warriors.
The Scoop:Love is probably going to finish as the No. 4 fantasy play in both 8- and 9-cat formats, giving his owners a win based on ADP from draft season. He has also managed to stay on the court down the stretch, which is a nice change of pace from years' past. Ricky Rubio went for 15 and eight with seven turnovers and a steal, Kevin Martin scored 14 points with two threes, and Gorgui Dieng double-doubled with 14 points, 11 boards, one steal and two blocks in the loss.
As the buzzer sounded at the end of the final home game of the regular season, players surrounded Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson for a group hug - then began jumping and dancing around him. Stephen Curry had 32 points and 15 assists, rallying the Warriors from 19 points down in the first half to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 130-120 on Monday night to touch off the celebration. ''Some of them never hit 50, and I don't want to be prophetic, but some of them, there's a chance they won't ever hit 50 again.'' After learning that center Andrew Bogut could miss the playoffs with a fractured right rib, the Warriors (50-31) withstood a strong start by Kevin Love to secure the sixth seed in the Western Conference playoffs. They finish the regular season Wednesday at Denver before beginning the postseason at the Los Angeles Clippers or Oklahoma City this weekend.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins may not have scored as many points as Minnesota Timberwolves counterpart Kevin Love on Sunday night, but he had the most important ones. Cousins and rookie guard Ben McLemore combined to make four free throws in the final 12 seconds, and Sacramento edged Minnesota 106-103 at Sleep Train Arena. The Kings (28-53) snapped a five-game losing streak, and they matched their 2012-13 win total. The Timberwolves (40-40) failed to record their 41st win, which would give them at least a .500 record for the first time since 2004-05.
The Scoop:Love was a late scratch on Friday and his injury obviously wasn't serious, but his return is still a pleasant surprise for fantasy owners with the Wolves' season rapidly drawing to a close. Dante Cunningham will return to a backup role.
Kevin Love (elbow) returned to action on Sunday with 43 points (12-of-23 FGs, 15-of-17 FTs), four 3-pointers, 11 rebounds and one assist in a loss to Sacramento.
The Scoop:Love looked fantastic but he's missed two of the past five games and doesn't have much to play for in Minny's final games on Monday and Wednesday, so owners should be on the lookout for possible DNPs. Wolves coach Rick Adelman may retire this summer and Sunday might have been his final game in Sacramento. He has accumulated 1,042 wins in his phenomenal career as an NBA coach, including a terrific eight-year run with the Kings. If he does step away from the game, he will be missed.
The Minnesota Timberwolves, much like any team that will miss out on this year's playoffs, is looking for any bright spots as the regular season winds down. Corey Brewer just gave them one. Coming off one of the most surprising scoring outbursts in NBA history, Brewer and the Timberwolves travel to Sacramento on Sunday night to face the Kings. With the Wolves playing without injured star Kevin Love - whose team record Brewer matched - the forward finished with the fourth-highest total in an NBA game this season, going 19 of 30 from the field and 11 of 15 at the free throw line.
The Scoop: None.
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Mavericks-Spurs Preview (The Associated Press) (2 Hours Ago | courtesy: The Associated Press) While San Antonio Spurs steamrolled toward their fourth 60-win season in 11 years, coach Gregg Popovich was asked if there is a secret formula for the franchise's almost unfathomable run of excellence. ''Yes there is,'' said Popovich, in typical deadpan fashion. What the Spurs have created is a program unlike any other in the league, one built on the willingness of three stars to take less money, band together and establish a culture and a pecking order under their no-nonsense coach. ''It doesn't do you any good, though.'' The Spurs finished with an NBA-best 62-20 record, wiping out last season's heart-breaking loss in the NBA Finals in emphatic fashion. More...