Minnesota Basketball Briefs: Whalen leads U.S. Olympic team to exhibition winMinnesota Sports
-- Hutchinson native Lindsay Whalen led all U.S. scorers with 21 points to pace the Americans past Brazil 99-67 in an international exhibition game in Washington, D.C., last night.
WASHINGTON D.C. - Hutchinson native Lindsay Whalen led all U.S. scorers with 21 points to pace the Americans past Brazil 99-67 in an international exhibition game in Washington, D.C., last night.
The game is a tune-up for both teams as they prepare for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London later this month. Whalen also handed out five assists and grabbed five rebounds. Lynx forward Seimone Augustus came off the bench to scored 12 points, while Minnesota's Maya Moore chipped in with 11. Team USA now plays an exhibition game against Great Britain in Manchester, England tomorrow.
Minnesota Timberwolves star Kevin Love only played in five minutes and was held scoreless in last night's United States exhibition win over Brazil in Washington, D.C. The Americans trailed by as many as ten points early in the game before LeBron James turned it on with 30 points and pushed the U.S. to an 80-69 win. The Team USA men will next scrimmage against Great Britain in Manchester tomorrow.
Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin had arthroscopic surgery to repair a medial meniscus tear in his left knee on Monday. Griffin suffered the injury while practicing with Team USA last Wednesday. Griffin will miss the upcoming Olympics, but he is expected to be ready for training camp. Griffin averaged 20.7 points and 10.9 rebounds in 66 games this past season.
The Minnesota Timberwolves Summer League team knocked off the Clippers last night 73-64 in Las Vegas. That was the first of five games over a seven-day stretch for the annual summer circuit. Wes Johnson led all scorers with 16 points on five-of-17 shooting. Derrick Williams added 15 points and nine rebounds in the win. The Wolves take on the Bobcats tonight in a summer league game in Vegas.
The clock continues to tick on the Nicolas Batum situation. He is the restricted free-agent forward of the Portland Trail Blazers who signed a lucrative offer sheet with the Timberwolves yesterday. The talented athlete now waits to see if Portland matches Minnesota's offer. If the Blazers do match, and it is expected that they will, then Batum stays in Portland and Minnesota moves on with Plan B. The Blazers have until 11 p.m. tomorrow night to match the offer. Batum averaged 13.9-points per game last season.
The Minnesota Timberwolves Dancers are looking for new members. The club will hold a tryout for prospective dancers tonight at the Graves 601 Hotel across the street from the Target Center. The auditions are open for all aspiring dancers who are at least 18 years old. On-site registration begins at 5:30 p.m.