Simons Says - April 4, 2013












Very quietly, this has been a VERY good week for the Timberwolves.

Yes, it’s been lost in the shuffle. The pomp and pageantry of Major League Baseball’s Opening Day for the Twins at Target Field. Both Gopher Hockey teams with their seasons winding down. The Wild continue to be one of the NHL’s stronger teams and big trades to the league deadline. The Gopher basketball team finding its new bench boss.

But for the first time since the Christmas buying season was in full force, the Wolves have won back-to-back games. Hard to believe, but it’s true. And it puts an exclamation mark on a heck of a week.

The Wolves have been impressive and it helps to restock the cupboard and get healthy players back on the team. I’m impressed with a gutsy win in Beer Town against the Bucks 107-98 and that after beating the Celtics on April fool’s Day. Three wins in four games and 4-of-6. But who’s counting? Yep, me!

Impressive because Monday’s win over the Celtics snapped a nagging Wolves' 11-game winless streak against Boston. To find their last win you have to go back to 2007 at Target Center. With or without KG, it’s sweet.

The Wolves gotta’ be happy about the win in Milwaukee because they shot 52 percent, nearly 62 percent from beyond the 3-point line, dished a season high 33-assists and for the sixth time in eight games they score 100-points.

The point is this…the Wolves refuse to quit. I remember the past two seasons and I have friends who constantly remind me of those free falls. But this, I believe, is a different dynamic.

Friday, the Wolves will welcome the Toronto Raptors and former coach Dwane Casey. It’s ironic that, with a win, Wolves coach Rick Adelman will reach his 1,000 NBA coaching victories. Only seven coaches have been able to achieve that. And if you have printed Wolves tickets for the game Friday you’ll notice who graces the ticket. Coach Adelman.

I will be there to witness history. I’m hoping you will too. Now, some good stuff in my SimonsSays e-mail box this week.

This from Steve in Hopkins: Dear Rod! Thanks for the positive (sometimes a bit too positive but I get it) spin on the Wolves. I’m a fan, thick or thin, and I agree that they aren’t lying down as the season ends. My question is this…do you think Kevin Love is back next season or traded?

Steve, I have heard this pop up on slow days via sports radio and I don’t see it happening. Kevin Love makes this a playoff contending team. We are already seeing what we knew before the season started. This team, with its pieces in place, is a team that has the potential to contend for the playoffs. It makes for vibrant conversation but it ain’t happening. Write it down.

I’ve been telling you for the past few months to hang on as those few games remain. With Ricky Rubio lighting it up, the return of Chase Budinger, Dante Cunningham, Big Pek, AK-47, D-Will and the rest of the team contributing, we’re seeing better things happening. Hang tough! And keep your GameON!

I love the spots

If you haven’t caught the new commercials, check out the new "Get Closer" campaign. Nikola Pekovic, Ricky Rubio, Andrei Kirilenko and Greg Stiemsma are outstanding in their unique commercials. You can see those commercials on GameON! TV and on the Wolves official website.

Get Closer

Speaking of “Get Closer,” not much time left to be a part of this opportunity/promise that the Timberwolves Basketball Club provides its season ticket members and allows members get closer to the action on court than any other professional sport. It truly differentiates the organization from all others. Wolves season ticket members get closer to the team and its players through benefits only available to them. To this end, the Minnesota Timberwolves have launched their “Get Closer” season ticket membership campaign and you can save big money on tickets.

We are talking membership with the Timberwolves from 43 Target Center home games to a 365-day relationship with benefits throughout the calendar year. With the membership benefits, affordable pricing and a 10 percent playoff refund, it’s a good time to become a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves Basketball Club. Timberwolves season ticket member pricing still remains one of the best and most affordable values in all of professional sports, with memberships starting as low as $172. There will continue to be more than 1,000 lower-level season tickets priced as low as $20 per game, the most affordable lower-level season ticket in the NBA. Additionally, 6,700 tickets in the upper-level are priced at $7 or less per game, including 2,000 upper-level tickets priced at only $4 per game. These prices are all guaranteed through the end of the regular season (April 17). After April 17, season ticket memberships will increase. Go to Timberwolves.com for more information!

Schedule set for Lynx

It’s getting closer! The 2012 Western Conference Champion Minnesota Lynx kick off their 15th anniversary season in the WNBA at home against Connecticut on Saturday, June 1 at 7 p.m. The 2013 WNBA campaign includes 34 regular-season games, dating from May 24 and Sept. 14. This year’s All-Star Game will be held in Uncasville, Connecticut on Saturday, July 27. The Lynx will play Western Conference teams Los Angeles (three times on the road, twice at home) and Phoenix (three times at home, twice on the road) five times this season, while facing off with San Antonio, Seattle and Tulsa four times each, twice at home and twice on the road. Minnesota will face all six Eastern Conference teams twice, once at home and once on the road. The 2013 Lynx campaign also includes two nationally broadcast home games on July 9 vs. Atlanta and Aug. 24 vs. Indiana.

We’re all on MY29!

You know that GameON! is on FOX’s MY29! The Wolves will play a franchise-record 78 regular-season games televised locally, including 50 on Fox Sports North and 25 on the Wolves' exclusive over-the-air broadcast home, WFTC My29. For the second consecutive season, every Wolves regular season contest is carried live on News Radio 830 WCCO-AM.

Breaking News!! See you on TV AT A NEW TIME

Catch your Wolves on this Sunday’s GameON! this week!! You don’t want to miss the Emmy nominated GameON! @ 10am this Sunday morning on FOX’s My29 and throughout the weekend on MidCo Sports Net. Our special show this weekend originates from the Twins Opening week and features Twins President Dave St. Peter, KTWIN 96.3 FM personality “BT”, Twins historian Clyde Doeppner and a unique musical close to the big event.

GameON! is broadcast in High Definition and can be found on ITunes, on our new GameON! App (free and available for Apple/Android) and online @ www.gameontvmn.com. GameON! allows you the opportunity to get up close and personal, to meet your favorite players and fellow fans @ our weekly tapings at Kieran’s Irish Pub and its sister locations. GameON! offers in-depth interviews with the top players, great food, sports newsmakers and we get you inside your favorite teams (including the Wolves). You can friend us on Facebook @ GameOnTvMN. Drop me a note, Rod@KTWIN.com GameON! is also seen in North & South Dakota and Western Minnesota on MidCo SportsNet several times a weekend. We reserve the right to use your e-mails here in SimonsSays @ Timberwolves.com.

And last but not least, please catch Rod as he hosts the new Twins Post-Post game show w/longtime Minnesota music aficionado Jason Nagel on 96.3 KTWIN-FM radio during this baseball season.

Keep your GameON! See you soon!


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