Wolves lose in overtime to Spurs and more
Wolves TV analyst Jim Petersen missed Wednesday's telecast on Fox Sports North after suffering a mild heart attack Wednesday afternoon.
A Wolves spokesman said Petersen, 48, was resting in a local hospital.
San Antonio erased a 21-point deficit in the third quarter to pull out an overtime victory at Target Center. The Spurs (13-1) extended their winning streak to 12 and dropped the Wolves to 4-12. Manu Ginobili led the Spurs with 26 points. Kevin Love led the Wolves with a game-high 32 points and 22 rebounds. Darko Milicic had 22 points and eight rebounds before fouling out with 4:50 left in overtime. Michael Beasley finished with 11 points and nine rebounds.
Recaps of tonight's loss to the Spurs:
Dana Wessel/1500ESPN.com: Timberwolves lose 113-109 in OT despite Darko's continued strong play
Jim Beilby/NBA.com: Spurs-Wolves notebook
Kent Youngblood/Star Tribune: Spurs work their way out of big hole
Menzie Henderson/Timberwolves.com: Spurs 113 (13-1) Timberwolves 109 (4-12) OT - Target Center
Ray Richardson/Pioneer Press: Near miss against Spurs pains Timberwolves
Although the Minnesota Timberwolves fell to the San Antonio Spurs in overtime, Kevin Love had 32 points and 22 rebounds, just five games after posting the NBA's first 30-30 game since 1982. Love is the third player in the last 25 seasons with multiple 30-point, 20-rebound games in his team's first 16 contests, joining Hakeem Olajuwon and Charles Barkley.
"I thought he did a great job," Rambis said of Telfair, who has played through plantar fasciitis and a thigh bruise. "He was instrumental. In that L.A. game [a five-point loss to the Lakers Nov. 5], he got us rolling. He was part of why we started playing better."
But, ultimately, Rambis liked Ridnour with the first unit and Telfair coming off the bench. Before the game, Rambis said Ridnour had been looking to return to the starting five while Telfair might have been looking over his shoulder a little bit.
For the season Ridnour is averaging 10.3 points and 3.7 rebounds per game. Telfair's numbers are 9.1 and 4.4. He had logged big minutes while Ridnour was healing, playing more than 30 minutes five times.
From ESPN: Chat with Chad Ford
Who has worse building blocks for future success, Minn (Love and Beasley) or Sac (Evans and Cousins)? Lots of talent but teams can't build around guys like that and be successful, right?
Chad Ford (1:46 PM)
Not sure you can lump in Love with those other three guys ... but then again I heard this week that the Wolves may be softening a bit on the untouchable label they've put on Love. If they could get a young, athletic big man like Derrick Favors, they might consider it.
But while the Lakers, Bulls, Celtics, Heat, and Knicks try to poach every last penny from their fans' pockets, smaller-market teams have found some creative ways to attract fans to the games.
And no team works harder at that than the Minnesota Timberwolves...