Beasley hits game winner against the Clippers, Flynn and Rambis say few D-League games an option for the player and more
But then Michael Beasley got the ball in his hands with 14.2 seconds left in a tie game and did what you expect any crunch time scorer to do, he drove in and hit a 15-foot jumper to take a 113-111 lead over the L.A. Clippers.
"Put the ball in a shot creators hands and let him go to work and he did a really good job of that," coach Kurt Rambis said.
Recaps of tonight's win over the Clippers:
Kent Youngblood/Star Tribune: Beasley's heroics are kid stuff
Ray Richardson/Pioneer Press: Timberwolves 113, Clippers 111: Michael Beasley scores 33, including winning basket with 2.3 seconds left
The tedious recovery process has prompted Flynn to discard the timeline for a possible return and change his status to "day to day."
"I'm not sure right now," Flynn said at Wednesday morning's shootaround, responding to questions on when he expects to play. "Every day I come in, I feel different every single day. The progress is going well. I'm just trying to get my legs back under me."
Wolves coach Kurt Rambis said Flynn is still "a ways away" from playing in a game. Flynn had surgery on July 27 to repair a torn labrum in his left hip. Flynn said he knew it might take "three to four months" before he makes a full recovery, but the uncertainty appears to be weighing on the second-year guard.
"I can't remember anything remotely close to being out this long from playing ball," Flynn said. "I can see the light, but I still have to be cautious."
It sounds as if Flynn's biggest hurdle right now is conditioning. "It's getting my legs under me, making sure everything is moving the right way, feeling right after workouts, how I'm waking up feeling the next day. It's a combination of those things."
Flynn and Rambis both said that playing a few games in the developmental league might be an option for Flynn if the scheduling works out.
Flynn said he's up for it. "Definitely," he said. "To get my legs back, my rhythm back, not playing as long as I have, there is going to be rust. What better way to do it than in a competitive situation?"
The confidence Rambis showed in Beasley after the Charlotte game was a strong indication that Rambis is prepared to give Beasley the chance to become the Wolves' go-to player. And Beasley is making a strong push for the role. In the past five games, he has been one of the NBA's best players.
The third-year forward is averaging 32.6 points in the stretch, shooting 56 percent from the floor. He made 14 of 23 shots against the Clippers, including two of three three-pointers.
"If he's on a roll like this, then why not go to him when we need it?" teammate Kevin Love said. "For us, he's that assassin guy. His efficiency has been amazing."
College students can get a ticket to any of the Wolves' 15 Wednesday night games for just $5, and the first 100 people who buy tickets get upgraded to lower-level seats for free.
What's more, any student who buys a Wolves College Night T-shirt for $30, gets free entry into any College Night game. That's just $2 per game for the thrifty student who attends all 15.
From Sid Hartman:
Timberwolves 2009 first-round draft pick Ricky Rubio is playing with Regal FC Barcelona in the Spanish Basketball League and the Euroleague. Through seven games in the Spanish ACB League, he is averaging 5.1 points, 5.1 assists, and 1.9 steals per game. In five games in the Euroleague, he is averaging 4.8 points, 2.2 assists and 1.8 steals per game.