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107-83 win over Hawks

107-83 win over Hawks

After their three consecutive losses, the Wolves roared against Atlanta ! Minnesota fans were awaiting for response and they got the answer last night at the Target Center.

Dieng is all about the victory and he showed it during the game with his fifth double-double in six granting of tenure, all in the first half with 10 points and 13 rebounds, he finished with 15 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists.

The game was dominated throughout by the Wolves, who already led 48-41 at halftime . Martin and Brewer had18 points each, well supported Love who ended with 14 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Luc Mbah a Moute played for 3.56 min

The second period is a one way with 27-20 in the third quarter and 32-22 in the final, and allows the Wolves to get the win with 107-83.  There’s hope for the Wolves to be in the playoffs despite a virtual elimination (10th of Western Conference 35V/35D).

 

Timberwolves lost 109-92 in front of Grizzlies

Timberwolves lost 109-92 in front of Grizzlies

The early part is catastrophic, the first goals are all missed, and the Grizzlies are already digging the gap in the first quarter-time (30-15). Mike Conley (23 points 6 passes) and Marc Gasol (14 points and 12 rebounds) lead the dance, while Kevin Love (16 points and 7 rebounds) has not been able to do much to put his own people in the right direction. In the second quarter-time (27-24) despite a slightly better score with a nice 17-6, Memphis is still in the lead at the half time 57-39. The Grizzlies also accounts up to 21 points in advance.

The absences of Nikola Pekovic and Ronny Turiaf cripple manifestly the Wolves, who at times are making beautiful things happen. A 15-4 in the 3rd quarter-time restores a glimmer of hope to the team of Luc Mbha, who cling to 13 points before beginning the last quarter. But the Grizzlies do not stall, and even start by a 10-0. The outcome of a match is then no longer a surprise, victory to the Grizzlies 109-92. Luc Mbah a moute participated in 8.27 minutes of the game.

With this 3rd consecutive setback, the Timberwolves are 10th of Conf West (34V/ 35D).

 

NBA Insider : Mbah a Moute changing lives.

NBA Insider : Mbah a Moute changing lives.

Inspired at a camp at age 16, Luc Mbah a Moute seeks to help players back home.

While whiling away the hours in his new cold and foreign home recently, Timberwolves rookie Shabazz Muhammad came upon an old movie filmed before he was born, one he hadn’t seen for quite some time.

Later, he innocently asked teammate Luc Mbah a Moute if he leads the same kind of life back home in Africa as the main character in “Coming to America.”

“I wouldn’t be here if I had it like that,” Mbah a Moute replied.

Like that, as depicted in the 1988 film starring Eddie Murphy, is a world where an African prince is awakened by a string orchestra every morning, where gorgeous women bathe and dress him and scatter rose petals in his path wherever he goes in a country whose money bears his likeness.

Life apparently was different for Mbah a Moute, a prince in a Cameroonian village because he is the son of an elected village chief. He grew up in what he once called regular middle class, a ceremonial family member respected in his village along with his seven other siblings because of his father’s status. He came to America as a teenager pursuing an education and basketball and ultimately achieved a better way of life following other Africans such as Hakeem Olajuwon and Dikembe Mutombo, who led the way to the NBA ahead of him.

Now he is giving back by sponsoring a three-day basketball camp back home every summer for the past four years that invites the country’s top 50 teenage prospects, five of whom now are playing Division I college ball in the United States. Another plays at an American high school.

Most famous of that group: Kansas freshman Joel Embiid, a possible No. 1 overall pick in this summer’s NBA draft who was but a raw, fleet and gangly 7-footer with gifted feet from playing soccer all his life when he participated in Mbah a Moute’s camp in July 2011.

“I didn’t have anything like that when I was young, so I just felt like it’d be cool for kids to have something like that,” Mbah a Moute said, explaining his camp’s genesis. “I just wanted to do a camp to help the kids down there. There was not anything like that being done, so I just felt like I had to do it.”

Mbah a Moute was invited to the NBA’s first African Basketball Without Borders camp back in 2003, when he was 16 even though he was just learning the game.

Back then, the NBA was this faraway place — the closest he got to it was waking at 3 a.m. to watch games on television — that became much more real when he met Mutombo there that year.

His play in that camp helped trigger a journey that sent him to a Florida prep school — the same one in which he later helped place Embiid — and then UCLA on scholarship before Milwaukee chose him in the 2008 draft’s second round.

“It was important, just being around NBA coaches and being around the NBA,” he said. “The life-changing factor for me was that, within two years of starting to play, I was one of the top players in Africa. That’s what made me want to keep playing and see how far I could go with it.”

He went all the way to the NBA and a pro career, a path he hopes he can help other young men in his country follow. Embiid — out for at least the opening weekend of the NCAA tournament because of a back stress fracture — is foremost among the list of developing players Mbah a Moute has helped bring to such American colleges as Clemson, Rutgers, Coastal Carolina and California-Berkeley.

“It’s very encouraging,” he said. “In four years, if you can have that kind of impact on kids — not just bringing them here, but making a difference and giving them hope — it shows a lot about what can be done.”

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Photo: Matt York • Associated Press,

 

Great win 104-102 in front of Sacramento Kings.

Great win 104-102 in front of Sacramento Kings.

The Wolves of Minnesota met last night the Sacramento Kings, where Luc played for few months before he joined the Timberwolves. Happy reunion since the Timberwolves have won by two points 104-102 points after a very tight match.

It was the rookie Gorgui Dieng who distinguished himself during the game with the first double-double (12 points, 11 rebounds, and 5 ) of his career.

In the first quarter, the Wolves very strong start and quickly outpace the Kings leading 19-29, the talented Derrick Williams will bring 10 points straight. Despite this rapid rise, the Wolves were ahead at the end of the 1st quarter 32-29. In the second, Sacramento will continue its momentum, Kevin Love will as usual keeps the Wolves in the good sense of the game with 26 points 10 rebounds and 5 assists but the Kings are taking over by one point at the halftime 54-53.

Wolves-vs-Kings

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In the third quarter ( 24-20 ), the Wolves will resume above 97-95 before starting a great money time. Wolves are well and even widens the 5 points before Thomas does reduce with 3 points to 13 seconds of the match. A duel agrees with Martin in the wake gives some air to Wolves with 2 free throws ( 102-98 ), but Thomas did not loose and further remark. Finally, it is Martin who has the last word with the last two points of the game to 5’7 seconds the buzzer, which will be enough to win the 104-102 victory. Luc Mbah a Moute took part in 6.02 minutes of play.

 

Mbah a Moute pays way for his French fan club

Mbah a Moute pays way for his French fan club

Tuesday night, Luc Mbah a Moute’s biggest fans, after a year of trying, finally got to see him live.

A friend of Mbah a Moute used to play for Basket Club Nyonsais, a club located near Avignon in the south of France. After he told them about Mbah a Moute, many at the club began following his career. They decided to hold fundraisers with the idea of traveling to the United States to watch him play.

They originally bought tickets to watch him play for Milwaukee (coincidentally the Timberwolves’ opponent Tuesday at Target Center). But he got traded to Sacramento before they could get there.

So they changed their tickets, deciding to come over for a two-game trip, to watch Mbah a Moute play for Sacramento in Brooklyn and Philadelphia this week. But, of course, Mbah a Moute got traded to the Wolves. Ultimately the fans decided to stick with the trip. But when Mbah a Moute heard about it, he paid for tickets to bring the fans from New York to the Twin Cities after Sunday’s game, get them into Tuesday’s game, then get them to Philadelphia in time to watch the Kings play there Wednesday.

 

“They weren’t going to come to Minnesota,” he said. “They already had the flights set up. When I found that out, I had to make it happen so they could come here. We worked it out.”

As a result, 12 players between ages 15 and 18 got here, had dinner Monday night with Mbah a Moute and Ronny Turiaf, and were at Tuesday’s game.

Unfortunately, they didn’t get to see him play. Mbah a Moute was the only Wolves player in uniform not to see action in their 112-101 victory.

Welcome home

Rookie Nate Wolters made his 26th start of the season for the Bucks, and there were a whole lot of friends and family on hand to watch.

Wolters played high school ball at St. Cloud Tech before starring at South Dakota State. A second-round pick by Washington on draft day, he was involved in two trades that day, eventually landing with the Bucks.

Good thing, too. Because, on opening night in New York, veteran Brandon Knight hurt his hamstring. With Luke Ridnour also hurt, Wolters entered the game and became the first Bucks second-round pick to play more than 30 minutes in his first NBA game.

So, after making his debut in Madison Square Garden, coming home for his first pro game in Minnesota wasn’t a big deal.

“I looked like a week ago and realized we were playing ’em,” he said. “It will be just another game. But it will be fun playing the team I grew up watching.”

Said Wolters: “Not too many second-round picks get this kind of opportunity. I’m still learning, but I’m getting more comfortable.”

Wolters is averaging 7.1 points and 3.3 assists per game. His assist-to-turnover ratio (3.55) is fifth best in the league.

“He’s been nothing but a real pro,” Milwaukee coach Larry Drew said. “He’s going to have a very, very long career in the NBA.”

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