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It took eight seasons and a succession of general managers and coaches. So many losses.

But on this night, the future looked extremely bright.

On April 10, 1997, the Timberwolves were Cheap Dean Garrett Jersey in the process of finishing off a 108-96 victory in Los Angeles over the Clippers.

According to Steve Aschburner’s description Minnesota Timberwolves Jerseys China in the Star Tribune the next day, with less than two minutes left and the game in hand, Stephon Marbury smiled, clenched his fists and “hissed a quiet ‘Yes.’ ”

When the final buzzer sounded, Marbury jumped into Kevin Garnett’s arms, then they both shared a hug with veteran Cheap Doug West Jersey Doug West — who had been there since the beginning.

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“That was a tribute to Doug and the rest Cheap Kevin Garnett Jersey of the Timberwolves [people] who have been here from Day 1,” Garnett said at the time.

It was on that night, in the 651st game in franchise history, that the Wolves clinched their first playoff berth.

“It was incredibly exciting,” said sideline reporter Tom Hanneman, who eventually became the team’s TV play-by-play voice Cheap Sam Mitchell Jersey and then studio host. He remembers the joy in the locker room.

“You felt this was just the beginning.”

The talent was coalescing. Tom Gugliotta had been acquired from Golden State in a trade for Donyell Marshall in 1995, the same year Garnett was taken with the fifth overall pick. A year later, in a draft-day trade, the Wolves got Marbury, who had been taken by Milwaukee with the fourth overall pick, for Ray Allen, who Cheap Stephon Marbury Jersey the Wolves had picked fifth. They were surrounded by veterans such as West, Sam Mitchell, Terry Porter and Dean Garrett.

A 26-win team the season before, the 1996-97 Wolves went 40-42. Gugliotta averaged a career-best 20.6 points per game. That season he made his only All-Star Game appearance and Garnett made his first. On the night the Wolves beat the Clippers to clinch a playoff spot, Marbury had 29 points, Gugliotta 23 and Garnett 19 for coach Flip Saunders.

The biggest memory Hanneman had of that game was the next day. The scheduled charter back home was delayed by a Cheap Terry Porter Jersey mechanical issue. So Saunders put the team on a bus and took them bowling.

“I remember it well,” he said. “KG said he’d never bowled before. His first roll was a gutter ball. It didn’t look like he had any form. But within four rolls he was getting consistent strikes. It was a great morning, and it was a bonding experience that nobody had planned. Flip was brilliant at keeping the team together.”

It was the start of eight consecutive playoff appearances for the Wolves. But history shows the team’s trajectory wasn’t as steep as that spring might have promised. The Wolves only got out of the first round once, in 2004. By that time Cheap Tom Gugliotta Jersey both Gugliotta and Marbury, for different reasons, had pushed themselves out of Minnesota.

“I don’t think the future ever looked brighter for the franchise,” Hanneman said of the spring of ’97. “You look back now and think, ‘What if?’ Wolves fans have had a lot of what ifs.”

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I Iwill never forget this game. My first season covering the Minnesota Timberwolves as a credentialed media member was coming to end when the Houston Rockets came to town on April 11, 2014. The Wolves were a respectable 39-39 hosting the 52-win Rockets, and while this was Minnesota’s best record in years, their inability Custom Minnesota Timberwolves Jerseys to close tight games kept them out of the playoff race.

If the Wolves were going to Cheap Corey Brewer Jersey get win No. 40, they would have to do it without Kevins Love, Kevin Martin and Nikola Pekovic. This left the Wolves with Ricky Rubio, Gorgui Dieng, Robbie Hummel, Dante Cunningham, and Corey Brewer as their starting five. Talk about a bunch of prolific scorers.

To even out the lineups, Dwight Howard sat this game out leaving James Harden to gladly get his shots up. This was Cheap Gorgui Dieng Jersey the first night of an away-home back-to-back at the end of a road trip and it made sense for Houston to sit Howard with a playoff run looming. Howard would play the next night in Houston.

Aside from Harden, Chandler Parsons, Terrence Jones, Omer Asik, and Jeremy Lin were the Rockets starters. This game was so long ago that Parsons was still a 40-minute per game player and Robert Covington and Patrick Beverley couldn’t Cheap Karl-Anthony Towns Jersey even get in the game. But Kevin McHale was able to find four minutes for Isaiah Canaan.

Anyway, this isn’t about Kevin McHale’s rotations. This is about career 8.7 points per game scorer Corey Brewer dropping 51 points in a game. That’s a four-quarter, 48-minute game with no overtime.

Brewer’s previous career high was 29 points, set the season before with the Denver Nuggets. Corey Brewer played 814 career games and scored more than 20 points 54 times. The highest single-season scoring average in Brewer’s career was 13 points per game even. None of this is to diminish Brewer’s career Cheap Nikola Pekovic Jersey or abilities, but the point is he was not a scorer.

Yet, in spite of this fact, he would set a Timberwolves franchise record for scoring and hold that title for 10 months.

Something in the Air
The first thing I remember about this day was feeling weird. Nothing was going on or wrong, I just recall sensing a weird vibe. It’s fitting this feeling carried over to the basketball game I was covering in the evening. No Pekovic, Love, or Martin against one of the best teams in the conference? Why not. At least Howard’s absence somewhat leveled the playing field.

Despite playing shorthanded, the Wolves led 39-32 after one quarter. Brewer was nearly one-quarter of the way to his eventual career high with 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting. Not only was the efficiency impressive, but Brewer averaged 10 shots per game for the entire 2014 season.

The Wolves regressed hard in the second quarter, scoring just 20 points in the quarter. You know who didn’t regress? That’s right, Brewer. The swingman chipped in another 10 points while none of his teammates mustered more than two points in the final 12 minutes of the first half. Houston led 63-59 at the half, which Cheap Ricky Rubio Jersey wasn’t bad given the Wolves’ missing players and Parsons and Harden combining for 33 points on 11-for-16 shooting.

With 26 points at the half, we joked on media row that Brewer could get to 40 before the night was through. If this was someone like Karl-Anthony Towns, that jump would surprise few people but Brewer’s reputation was solidified seven years into his career. And after a 10-point third quarter that brought him to 36 points, Brewer getting two more buckets seemed inevitable. Fifty, however, seemed like a stretch.

The Wolves entered the fourth trailing by two points, which had to feel like a small victory in itself. If the Timberwolves wanted to steal a victory, they need Brewer to put the team on his wiry-but-sturdy shoulders once again.

Brewer delivered with a 15-point quarter that included shooting 4-for-7 from the field and hitting 7-of-8 free throws in the frame. While no one was cheering on media row, there was a lot of amazement at this unlikely scoring performance. Brewer’s performance was inexplicable and came from nowhere, but moments like these are among the most memorable in sports.

What no one remembers is the Wolves holding on for the 112-110 victory. Aside from Brewer, Cunningham (20 points) and Rubio (16 points on 16 shots) were the team’s next greatest scoring contributions.

A Night Unlike Any Other
Brewer finished the game with 51 points, two rebounds, one assist, and six steals. He used 32.6 percent of the team’s possessions but turned the ball over only twice. What’s most impressive and differentiates Brewer’s performance from 50-point games in 2020 is that he shot just six 3-pointers.

Brewer made up for his outside shooting by making 11 of his 15 free throw attempts and going 17-of-24 on 2-pointers. In fact, Brewer made just three shots outside of the paint in almost 45 minutes of playing time. Had Howard played, it’s unlikely Brewer has the same unfettered access to the basket. Brewer took advantage of this weakness again and again and the Rockets could do little to stop him.

Some other notable happenings included:

The short rotations — Houston played eight players (if you don’t count Canaan’s minor minutes) and Minnesota did the same. These are playoff rotations late in the regular season.
Aside from Covington, future Timberwolf Troy Daniels was also on the bench for this Rockets team.
Harden had 33 points on 14 shots because he went 15-of-19 from the line and missed a triple double by two rebounds.
This game was a great reminder of how good Parsons was: 27 points, seven rebounds and seven assists on 4-of-8 shooting from deep.
Despite playing just eight players, four Wolves scored in double figures and the team received all of eight bench points.
While Brewer was never a big-time scorer, this game said a lot about him as a player. Brewer was ready and stepped into a greater role when the team needed him to. Looking at the injuries the Wolves had on this night and the lack of support from the remaining cast, and the Wolves easily lose this game if Brewer gives them any less.

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“As an organization, we fully support today’s decision by the NBA,” Timberwolves president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas said in a statement issued shortly after the suspension was announced. “As we work together with Malik to advance Cheap Malik Beasley Jersey his development as a player and a person, we look forward to seeing his growth.”

Beasley’s suspension will begin Saturday, when the Timberwolves are in Washington to play the Wizards. He will be eligible to return to the court on March 27, when Minnesota hosts the Houston Rockets.

The suspension will cost the guard $1.1 million.

Beasley agreed to a plea deal with prosecutors earlier this month that saw felony drug charges against him get dropped in exchange for the guilty plea. As a result, Beasley was sentenced to 120 days in jail, which could be served either in the county workhouse or in home confinement, after the NBA season is over in mid-May.

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In a statement obtained by Schlabach last September, the Plymouth Police Department said officers were called to Beasley’s residence on a reported weapons offense. The reporting individuals told officers they had stopped their car in front of the house, and a “suspect walked up to their vehicle, tapped on the vehicle window, pointed a gun at them and advised them to get off of the property.”

“As the victims drove away, the suspect was observed holding the gun up to his shoulder, pointing it at their vehicle,” the police statement said.

Officers set up a perimeter to locate the individual and detected a strong odor of marijuana, according to the statement. A vehicle attempted to leave the property and was stopped by police. Three people in the car were detained and later released. A man, who identified himself as the homeowner, was outside and yelling at officers.

Officers obtained a search warrant for the property and located narcotics and numerous guns, one of which was confirmed as stolen, police said.

Beasley was traded to Minnesota last February, and signed a four-year, $60 million contract with the Timberwolves in the offseason. He has been one of the few bright spots of an otherwise awful season for Minnesota, averaging 20.5 points per game and shooting 40% from 3-point range.

The Timberwolves are a league-worst 7-26, and have lost six games in a row, as well as 10 of their past 11 games. They haven’t won two games in a row since the opening two games of the season. The team fired coach Ryan Saunders after Sunday night’s loss to the New York Knicks, and hired Chris Finch — who had been working for the Toronto Raptors as an assistant coach — as Saunders’ permanent replacement the next day.