Minnesota Sports Roundup: Wolves drop another oneMinnesota Sports
-- Golden State's David Lee dropped in 31 points and grabbed eight rebounds as the Warriors stormed past the Timberwolves 97-94 last night at the Target Center.
MINNEAPOLIS - Golden State's David Lee dropped in 31 points and grabbed eight rebounds as the Warriors stormed past the Timberwolves 97-94 last night at the Target Center.
The Wolves built a 20-point second quarter lead and watched it all slip away by the end of the third quarter. After falling behind in the fourth quarter, Minnesota rallied to tie the game at 94-94 late, but the Warriors scored the game's final three points to earn the win. Kevin Love collected 29 points and 12 rebounds for Minnesota, which has dropped four in-a-row. Love missed a three-point attempt at the buzzer that would have sent the game to overtime. Wayne Ellington ended with 17 points and seven boards in the loss. Minnesota is at New Orleans on Saturday.
The men's college hockey Frozen Four begins in Tampa, Florida today. The first game pits third-seeded Union against Ferris State. The top-seeded Boston College Eagles face the Minnesota Golden Gophers in the night cap. A win puts BC in the final game for the fifth time in the last seven seasons. The Eagles are going for their third title in five years, while the Gophers are going for their sixth in program history. The winners of today's match-ups face each other on Saturday.
Kent Hrbek will soon become a permanent fixture at Target Field in Minneapolis. A week from Saturday they will unveil a bronze statue of the legendary Twins slugger and first baseman. Hrbek's likeness will join six other leading Twins personalities in bronze at the team's ballpark. Fittingly, Hrbek's statue will stand near Gate 14 - named for the Bloomington native's uniform number - now retired. Kent Hrbek played his entire career with the Twins from 1981 to 1994.
The Twins have optioned pitcher Jason Marquis to Class AA New Britain. Marquis missed time in spring training after his daughter was hurt in a bicycle accident. Marquis agreed to a one-year, three-million-dollar deal with the Twins in December. The club made a flurry of other roster moves. Minnesota placed pitcher Scott Baker on the 15-day disabled list due to a right elbow straight. Infielder Sean Burroughs and pitcher Jared Burton were called up from Triple-A Rochester and activated.
There are still limited tickets available for the Twins home opener against the Angels at Target Field Monday. Twins spokesman Kevin Smith says the remaining seats are not the result of fans soured by last year's 99-loss season and last place finish. Smith says there's no question winning is what it's all about and the hope is the Twins will be a lot better than last year. He says they are holding some Opening Day tickets for people still considering a season ticket package.