Wolves Updates 4/9From Britt Robson/On The Ball:
...the unspoken goals in the remaining games are not to degrade yourself and the game by tanking, not to ruin your short-term chance at a quality collegian by winning, and to feel good about the way you are building for the future. That's a convoluted, occasionally contradictory trifecta, especially for this team, whose better pieces to place around the superstar are kids.
From Stephen Litel/City Pages Sports blog:
So, when I entered the locker room before the game and saw how a majority of the players were motivated to achieve victory on this night, it was tough to not want the win. Mark Blount, Mike James, Craig Smith, Justin Reed, Marko Jaric, and Bracey Wright were discussing the playoff race when Wright asked me how far out they were. When I answered, Blount then asked if they were mathematically out of the race and when I informed them that they were not, although they are incredibly close to it, Mike James chipped in with "Man, we gotta get this one."
From Sid Hartman:
Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor said plans are already being made for next year with Kevin McHale, Jim Stack, Fred Hoiberg and Rob Babcock completing their scouting of the NCAA tournaments. This past weekend they were all at Portsmouth, Va., where a number of the draft-eligible players took part in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament. Taylor made it very clear Saturday night that McHale wants to come back for next season, and Taylor didn't say he would stop that from happening.
From the Star Tribune:
The Timberwolves are not officially eliminated from the playoff race, but they are a real long shot.
A preview of tonight's game against the Raptors.