Jerry Zgoda missed the entire Kevin Garnett era, but he's back covering the Timberwolves after working the beat for their first four seasons two decades ago. In between, he covered a bit of everything: Gopher men's and women's basketball and NCAA athletics, golf, outdoor recreation, sports media and a little Vikings and Twins.

Keeping the momentum going

Posted by: Kent Youngblood under Wolves pre-game Updated: November 7, 2012 - 12:28 PM

  The theme coming out of the morning shoot this today was simple: Take what happened in the fourth quarter of the Timberwolves’ come-from-way-behind victory at Brooklyn Sunday and carry it over to tonight’s game with Orlando.

The Wolves rallied from a 22-point deficit to win.

“It was great to be a part of that,” guard J.J. Barea said. “That was awesome. That’s what you play basketball for. That was great. And I think it made our team better. We had some fun there in the locker room after the game. But we waited until the fourth quarter that time. Now we have to start it from the beginning, especially at home.”

Chase Budinger was talking about how great it was that coach Rick Adelman allowed groups playing well together to stay on the floor. But another trend emerging from the early part of the season is that the Wolves have the depth that allows a different player to emerge each night. Sunday it was Alexey Shved, who scored 10 points in the fourth quarter of that comeback win.

“That’s what’s great about this team,” Budinger said. With all the new additions in the summer, (Adelman) can play one through 12, and all 12 can contribute.”



Much was made, in good nature, of Shved’s post-haircut look. Some teammates jokingly said it was Shved’s decision to have his long hair cut short that contributed to his game Sunday.

Teammate Ricky Rubio took it a step further. He snapped a photo of Shved sleeping on the plane on the flight back to Minnesota, and noted a strong resemblance: “Gotcha!!!” he tweeted. “The young Toni Kukoc is tired!”

Kukoc is a former NBA player from Croatia. When asked about his resemblance to Kukoc, Shved practically blushed. “Come on, guys,” he said. “I don’t know about that.”



Tonight’s game will match Nikola Pekovic and Orlando big man Nikola Vucevic, two of three NBA players from Montenegro. The two know each other well, having played together on the Montenegrin national team. So Pek knows all of Vucevic’s weaknesses, right?

“I know his, and he knows mine,” Pekovic said. “It will be a nice matchup for sure.”


New England 2/1/15 5:30 PM
Portland 0 Postponed
Brooklyn 0
Sacramento 0 Postponed
New York 0
Philadelphia 74 FINAL
New Orleans 99
Minnesota 84 FINAL
Oklahoma City 92
Orlando 94 FINAL
Memphis 103
Boston 99 FINAL
Utah 90
Denver 98 FINAL
LA Clippers 102
Army 68 FINAL
American Univ 66
Wright State 64 FINAL
Detroit 53
Syracuse 83 FINAL
North Carolina 93
Cleveland State 56 FINAL
Oakland 59
Delaware State 54 FINAL
NC Central 55
High Point 63 FINAL
Presbyterian 54
Howard 45 FINAL
Bethune-Cookman 42
Coppin State 84 FINAL
NC A&T 71
Nicholls 51 FINAL
Northwestern St 80
Hampton 56 FINAL
SC State 65
Gardner-Webb 59 FINAL
Campbell 78
MD-Eastern Shore 72 FINAL
Florida A&M 65
Stephen F Austin 82 FINAL
Lamar 65
Central Arkansas 67 FINAL
New Orleans 87
Norfolk State 70 FINAL
Savannah State 54
SE Louisiana 61
Sam Houston St 80 FINAL
Abilene Christian 63
McNeese State 84 FINAL
Incarnate Word 86
Milwaukee 48 FINAL
Valparaiso 73
Alcorn State 66 FINAL
Alabama A&M 78
Southern U 59 FINAL
Alabama State 63
Prairie View 68 FINAL
Ark-Pine Bluff 105
Texas 86 FINAL
Iowa State 89
Texas Southern 85 FINAL
Miss Valley St 84
Long Island 85 FINAL
Bryant 88
Central Conn St 51 FINAL
St Francis-NY 49
Fairleigh Dickinson 0 Postponed
Sacred Heart 0
St Francis-PA 87 FINAL
Wagner 74
Delaware State 59 FINAL
NC Central 66
Howard 53 FINAL
Bethune-Cookman 61
Coppin State 49 FINAL
NC A&T 67
Hampton 88 FINAL
SC State 53
Norfolk State 54 FINAL
Savannah State 56
MD-Eastern Shore 54 FINAL
Florida A&M 64
Angelo State 55 FINAL
Abilene Christian 70
Samford 32 FINAL
(25) Chattanooga 49
Prairie View 83 FINAL
Ark-Pine Bluff 66
Alcorn State 58 FINAL
Alabama A&M 55
Southern U 53 FINAL
Alabama State 49
Texas Southern 63 FINAL
Miss Valley St 52
(12) Texas A&M 61 FINAL
(1) South Carolina 79
Robert Morris 68 FINAL
Mount St Marys 44
East Tenn St 72 FINAL
Mercer 70
Wofford 56 FINAL
Furman 58
Morehead St 64 FINAL
Tenn Tech 54
Illinois 57 FINAL
Michigan 70
Quinnipiac 0 Postponed
Manhattan 0
Saint Peters 0 Postponed
Rider 0
(18) Miss State 59 FINAL
Auburn 48
(15) Nebraska 72 FINAL
(20) Iowa 78


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