For the Timberwolves, the 2014-2015 season will end this Wednesday, April 15. It's been clear for awhile now that the playoffs were not an option, so now Wolves fans are just looking forward to the draft lottery to see which pick the team comes away with. It is nice to finish out the season with a home stand, though, and fans will hope to see a strong finish with games Monday and Wednesday.
At this point, Minnesota could actually act as a spoiler, which (let's be honest) is sort of fun in and of itself. In the Western Conference, the Pelicans and Thunder are currently tied for the No. 8 seed with 42-36 records. As David explained yesterday, the tiebreaker is incredibly straightforward: New Orleans is 3-1 against Oklahoma City this season, so the Pelicans automatically come out on top. In other words, the only way for OKC to sneak into the playoffs is to finish with a better record than New Orleans.
The Wolves play their final game against the Thunder on Wednesday; if the Wolves pull out a win over Russell Westbrook and his squad, they could very well knock OKC out of the postseason.
A win to finish out the season wouldn't be too bad, either.
Timberwolves' Sock Campaign for Andrew Wiggins
The Wolves organization have once again made a pretty good campaign run for one of their players. From the Corey's Blend to promote Corey Brewer as Most Improved Player, to the Mr. Clean campaign to vote Kevin Love as Rookie of the Year, the Wolves crew tends to be pretty creative.
This year is no different. On Wednesday, the Wolves revealed this year's drive for Andrew Wiggins to be named the Rookie of the Year: "Knock Their Socks Off." The team sent pairs of socks with Wiggins' picture on them to over 160 media members and ROY voters to make one final push for something we all know should be an automatic.
The campaign suggests that Wiggins has spent all season knocking people's socks off, so they are receiving a replacement.
And just for nostalgia's sake, let's revisit this gem from 2009:
Other Basketball News
- Wildcats Declare for NBA Draft. Kentucky lost in the Final Four in this year's NCAA March Madness tourney, and it seems that John Calipari's squad will be quite a bit thinner for the 2015-2016 season. On Thursday, seven underclassmen announced that they will be entering the NBA Draft: Karl Anthony-Towns, Willie Cauley-Stein, Trey Lyles, Devon Booker, Dakari Johnson, Aaron Harrison and Andrew Harrison.
- Pacers' Copeland Recovering After Stabbing. Early Wednesday morning, Pacers forward Chris Copeland and his girlfriend were involved in an incident outside a New York nightclub; both were stabbed. Copeland is in stable condition and issued an apology Thursday:
Friday Flick Recommendation
If you're a Robert Downey, Jr. fan and haven't yet seen this movie, shame on you!
Downey, Jr. plays the type of character he does best: attractive, cocky, obnoxious, and full of one-liners that will balance out well with the action, creative plot and great soundtrack. Jude Law is well-cast as Watson, and Rachel McAdams is, well ... Rachel McAdams. Catch the trailer here, and happy weekending!