Timberwolves make up for bad loss to Grizzlies, can clinch first playoff berth in 14 years Wednesday

In scratching out the victory, the Timberwolves kept themselves on track for their first playoff berth in 14 years. They will have a play-in game for the postseason with the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night at Target Center, thanks to the Nuggets’ knocking off the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday.
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The issues for the Timberwolves remain the same as they have been all season. They came out lifeless against a Grizzlies team filled with players who might not even be in the league next season, trailing by as many as 10 points in the first half. Derrick Rose gave Tom Thibodeau’s team a boost in the second quarter, scoring nine of his 13 points and injecting energy into his lethargic team.
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My job is to cheer on the guys, bring urgency and bring energy to the game, Rose said. And that’s what I tried to do tonight. Try to play without thinking, try to go out there and just react and just let my game speak for itself, and it’s coming along good.

Kendall Graveman (0-2) gave up five hits and four walks while failing to get out of the fourth inning for the A’s, who have lost seven of 10. Matt Joyce homered in the ninth for Oakland.

Mens D’Angelo Russell Jersey And yet, it’s still an upgrade over the circus at backup last season, when as angry as the Johnny Hekker Authentic Jersey Ravens faithful were at Flacco from week to week, they feared anything happening to him because that meant Ryan Mallett would take the reins. When Flacco was knocked out by a concussion against the Dolphins, Mallett finished a 40-0 rout, and he did nothing to convince anybody he was a good option if Flacco had to miss any more time.

Agonizing over Griffin is notably disingenuous when Mallett is the act he’s following.

Their backs against the playoff wall on the road against the NBA’s best team, Westbrook answered the call, as he often has found a way to do for the franchise the past two years. It wasn’t a pretty line — 24 points on 10-of-28 shooting, 7 rebounds and 10 assists — but it was everything the Thunder needed to pull out a 108-102 win.

Just better not lose, George said of the Thunder’s mindset. That’s what it comes down to. We better not lose. We control our destiny at this point, but we’ve got to have the mindset that we need these wins. We’ve got to come out and play our game, and that’s always been good enough for us.

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