Timberwolves Vs. Wizards: Washington Still Winless After Being Blown Out By Minnesota

The Washington Wizards lost by 21 points to the Timberwolves and extended their season-opening losing streak to eight games. Rashard Lewis was listed out with a sore knee, but a report suggests he actually refused to play after an argument.

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Timberwolves Vs. Wizards: John Wall, Ricky Rubio And The Nature Of Nurture

It wasn't Ricky Rubio's 14 assists or the T-Wolves 93-72 win that the Wizards should take note of. It's the way Minnesota has set up its franchise point guard to succeed.

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Rashard Lewis Refuses To Play For Wizards Vs. Timberwolves After Argument With Sam Cassell, According To Report

The Washington Wizards lost to the Minnesota Timberwolves 92-73 to lose their eighth game in a row and are off to a franchise worst 0-8 start to the NBA season. The Wizards were without forward Rashard Lewis in the loss, who refused to play in the game after an argument with Sam Cassell, according to a report by CSN Washington.

The Wizards are off to a franchise worst 0-8 start, and to make matters more troubling a team source tells CSNwashington.com that Wizards' forward Rashard Lewis got into an argument with Wizards' assistant coach Sam Cassell before the Minnesota game and Lewis decided he didn't want to play.

Lewis did not appear on the bench during the 92-73 loss to the T-Wolves. The Wizards said a sore right knee was the reason for Lewis's absence.

Lewis is off to a poor start to the season, like most of the team, and is averaging just 8.7 points per game on the season. Lewis was picked up in a trade from the Orlando Magic when both teams tried to dump some bad contracts. Lewis continues to remain the highest paid player on the Wizards.

For more on Washington, please visit Bullets Forever, SB Nation's Wizards blog. For all your NBA news and notes visit SB Nation's NBA hub.

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Timberwolves Vs. Wizards Final Score: Washington Still Winless After Being Blown Out By Minnesota

The Washington Wizards extended their franchise record season opening losing streak to eight games on Sunday afternoon, falling to the Minnesota Timberwolves 93-72. Washington's cold shooting continued as they fell behind by 14 points after shooting less than 35% from the floor in the first half. It wasn't any better in the second, as the Wizards shot just 34.5% from the floor. Trevor Booker was the lone bright spot for the Wizards, as he saw increased playing time and finished with 14 points.

Jan Vesely saw his first action of the season, but managed only two points in eight minutes. Vesely had a nice dunk off a Booker assist but also badly missed two free throw attempts. John Wall struggled from the floor, scoring ten points on just three of ten from the floor. The one highlight of the game for Wizards' fans came on an emphatic left handed dunk by Wall.

The young stars of the Timberwolves had their way on the offensive end, with Kevin Love and rookies Derrick Williams and Ricky Rubio turning in impressive afternoons. Rubio really led the two Wolves' first half runs which made this a comfortable win for Minny. He had 14 assists along with 13 points and six rebounds. WIlliams hit four triples and finished with 14 points. And Love had the highly productive game we've come to expect, grabbing eight rebounds in the first quarter before finishing with total of 16 boards. He also led all scorers with 20 points.

The Wizards will once again try for their first win on Tuesday night, when they host the Toronto Raptors.

For more on Washington, please visit Bullets Forever, SB Nation's Wizards blog. For the perspective from the other side, please visit Canis Hoopus, SB Nation's Timberwolvesblog. For all your NBA news and notes visit SB Nation's NBA hub.

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VIDEO: John Wall Dunks Left-Handed Vs. Timberwolves

Hey, a Wizards highlight. Washington trails the Timberwolves by a score of 75-60 entering the fourth quarter on Sunday afternoon in D.C. It's been bad. But at least John Wall did this:

(via @CJZero)

For more on the game, check out our Wizards blog, Bullets Forever.

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Timberwolves Vs. Wizards Score Update: Minnesota Leads By 15 After Three Quarters

After three quarters at Verizon Center, the Washington Wizards trail the Minnesota Timberwolves by 15 points. Nursing a slew of injuries, including Michael Beasley and J.J. Barea, the Wolves have leaned heavily on their rookies and bench, who have stepped up in a big way. Ricky Rubio led two big runs in the first half and he continued dishing dimes in the third quarter, with 11 assists so far. Derrick Williams has also been big off the bench playing the wing. The number two overall pick has hit four of five attempts from behind the arc, and has 14 points. After hitting just four of 20 three-point attempts on Friday, the Wolves have been hot all day hitting 10 of 21 so far at Verizon. In addition to the rookies, stalwart Kevin Love has done his typical work in the paint, adding 14 points and 14 rebounds.

John Wall is just three of ten from the floor so far, chipping in with ten points. Wall had yet another emphatic dunk in the middle of the quarter as he went unchallenged down the right side of the lane. Wall flew by Kevin Love and slammed it home with his left hand. Trevor Booker has also been big off the bench, taking advantage of increased playing time and adding ten points on a perfect five for five from the floor. His teammates, however, will have to catch fire if the Wizards are to win their first game of the season.

For more on Washington, please visit Bullets Forever, SB Nation's Wizards blog. For the perspective from the other side, please visit Canis Hoopus, SB Nation's Timberwolves blog. For all your NBA news and notes visit SB Nation's NBA hub.

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Timberwolves Vs. Wizards Score Update: Ricky Rubio Leads Minnesota Run, Washington Trails By 14 At Half

Looking for their first win of the year, the Washington Wizards shot less than 35% from the floor to fall behind by double digits in Sunday's game against the Timberwolves. Minnesota ended the half with a 7-0 run in the last 1:20 to take a 14 point lead. Just like he did at the end of the first quarter, rookie point guard Ricky Rubio led the run for the Timberwolves. Rubio had a really impressive first half and was all over the floor, dishing out eight assists. He also finished with nine points and five rebounds, as he provided a huge spark off the bench after struggling against Cleveland on Friday.

In addition to Rubio, Kevin Love stuffed the stat sheet as he always does, and had a double-double in the first half alone. After eight boards in the first quarter, Love finished with 11 rebounds and ten points. Rookie Derrick Williams also added eight points for the Wolves, hitting two deep threes.

Jan Vesely got his first bucket on a nice feed from Trevor Booker, who drove into the lane and drew Anthony Tolliver off Vesely to give the rookie a wide open dunk. In six minutes of play, it was Vesely's only attempt from the field. Nick Young led the Wizards with nine points in another poor shooting half for Washington.

For more on Washington, please visit Bullets Forever, SB Nation's Wizards blog. For the perspective from the other side, please visit Canis Hoopus, SB Nation's Timberwolves blog. For all your NBA news and notes visit SB Nation's NBA hub.

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Timberwolves Vs. Wizards Score Update: Jan Vesely Sees His First Action As Washington Trails By Three After One Quarter

After twelve minutes of play at Verizon Center, the Washington Wizards trail the Minnesota Timverwolves 20-17. With Rashard Lewis out injured with a sore knee, Chris Singleton got the start for Flip Saunders and was active in the paint and on the glass. Most notably at that position, the sixth overall pick Jan Vesely got into his first game with a little over a minute remaining in the first. Vesely has been bothered by a hip injury, but with Lewis being scratched late, it was expected that he would see his first game action this afternoon. Vesely posted up Wesley Johnson late and drew a foul, but missed both free throw attempts.

Nick Young led the Wizards with seven points, but was taken out late in the first and appears to still be laboring from a slight back injury he sustained while taking a charge against the Knicks on Friday. Ricky Rubio was inserted into the lineup late in the quarter, and the Wolves immediately went on a short 7-0 run to take the three point lead. In addition to Rubio, Kevin Love dominated in the paint grabbing a whopping eight rebounds already.

For more on Washington, please visit Bullets Forever, SB Nation's Wizards blog. For the perspective from the other side, please visit Canis Hoopus, SB Nation's Timberwolves blog. For all your NBA news and notes visit SB Nation's NBA hub.

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Jan Vesely Injury Update: Wizards Rookie Will Play Vs. Timberwolves

Wizards rookie Jan Vesely is expected to see his first NBA game action Sunday afternoon against the Timberwolves, after sitting out Washington's first seven games with a hip injury. Washington selected the 6-foot-11 Czech forward with the No. 6 pick in the 2011 NBA draft.

"We're going to give him some time tonight," head coach Flip Saunders said before the game. "It's a good opportunity, because they really play one big guy [at center] and some 4s at other times. so I think we'll try to get him some time."

Vesely's health is welcome for the Wizards, who will be without the services of Rashard Lewis (sore right knee). Another Washington rookie, Chris Singleton, will start at the small forward spot.

The Timberwolves are missing a starter or their own, forward Michael Beasley, who is out with a sprained right foot.

For more on the game, follow our comprehensive Timberwolves vs. Wizards StoryStream and visit our Wizards blog, Bullets Forever, where the Game Thread comments section is always flowing.

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Timberwolves Vs. Wizards: Washington Hosts Minnesota Looking For First Win Of Season

The Washington Wizards (0-7), the NBA's lone remaining winless team, welcome the Minnesota Timberwolves (2-5) to the Verizon Center Sunday afternoon, with Washington looking to win their eighth straight home game in the series.

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