The Minnesota Timberwolves joined the NBA as an expansion team for the 1989-90 season. Things weren’t good for Minnesota in its early years. After winning 22 games their inaugural season and 29 their second year, the Timberwolves won just 15 games in the 1991-92 season. Over the team’s first seven seasons, Minnesota averaged a horrific 21.7 wins per year. The first sign of improvement came in the 1995-1996 season, when a 6-foot-11 rookie forward straight out of high school named Kevin Garnett joined the team. The following year Garnett joined forced with Georgia Tech rookie Stephon Marbury and veteran Tom Gugliotta to propel the ‘Wolves to the franchise’s first playoff appearance. The next year Minnesota won its first playoff game, but it wouldn’t be until 2004 that the Timberwolves won a playoff series, ultimately making it to the Western Conference Finals. The run to the Western Conference Finals was the final season of eight in a row that Minnesota made the playoffs. After the 2006-2007 season the Timberwolves went into a rebuilding mode, trading Garnett to the Boston Celtics. Though the ‘Wolves have added stars Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio, they haven’t reached the playoffs since that Western Conference Finals run. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Minnesota Timberwolves basketball tickets.
2016 Timberwolves Season Preview
Last season was a year of transition for the Minnesota Timberwolves, that saw longtime star Kevin Love depart Minnesota. In return, the Timberwolves welcomed their star of the future in Andrew Wiggins, and brought back maybe the most beloved Timberwolf of all time in Kevin Garnett. Minnesota also drafted highly touted prospect Karl-Anthony Towns, who, along with Wiggins, has the potential to be the face of the franchise for the next decade. With a maturing Ricky Rubio orchestrating the offense, the 2015-16 Minnesota Timberwolves have a surprisingly talented roster, with a mixture of young stars and veterans and could be one of the surprise teams in the Western Conference.
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Minnesota Timberwolves Basketball at Target Center Address: 600 First Avenue North, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55403
The Timberwolves play their home games at the Target Center, located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. When filled to capacity, the Target Center holds more than 19 thousand screaming Timberwolves fans. Located in the heart of Minneapolis, the Target Center is connected to other major locations in the city by skyways, making it easy for fans to get to the game. The Minnesota Timberwolves home bench is on the Target Center court side in front of sections 132-133. Target Center parking information is covered in our Timberwolves event guide.
Timberwolves vs. Thunder
With over 90 regular season games played between the Timberwolves and the Thunder, this match-up continues to build a history that could compete with the other rivalries in the NBA. The highlight of this series came when the two teams met in the first round of the 1998 Western Conference playoffs when Oklahoma City played in Seattle. As division foes, this rivalry will only get better in the upcoming seasons.
Timberwolves vs. Rockets
Meeting in the first round of the 1997 Western Conference playoffs is only the beginning of the rivalry between the Timberwolves and the Rockets. The two teams have met in the regular season over 95 times with games that are often fierce. Throughout the years, stars such as Hakeem Olajuwon and Kevin Garnett have played in this match-up which has only heightened this rivalry.
Timberwolves in the NBA Finals, Western Conference Finals and NBA Playoffs
The Timberwolves have been in the NBA since 1989 and still searching for their first NBA and Western Conference title. The organization struggled in the early parts of their history, but made the playoffs for eight consecutive seasons starting in 1997. The highlight of the organization came in 2004 when they won their first division title and reached the Western Conference Finals.
Minnesota Timberwolves Event Guide
When do gates open prior to tipoff at a Timberwolves game?
Doors open 90 minutes before tipoff for the general public.
Where are good places to eat before a Timberwolves game?
Located inside of Target Center is one of the best Timberwolves pregame spots in town, Hubbert’s Sports Bar & Grill. Another local favorite is Cowboy Jack’s. It has great barbeque, burgers, and is usually full of Wolves fans. Minneapolis has a few great pubs, Kieran’s Irish Pub, O’Donovan’s, Mason’s Restaurant Barre, and Sneaky Pete’s are all in the area and worth checking out. For Mexican food try Rosa Mexicano, or Chef Shack Truck. If you are looking for great pizza, Pizza Luce, Pizza La Vista, and Time Square Pizza & Subs are three of the best in the city. Other great places are Murray’s, Seven The Steakhouse, and Downtown Diner.
Where is the best place to park at Target Center?
There are 3 large parking areas around Target Center. We recommend trying the largest lot which is directly west of Target Center between 10th St. and the arena. The 2nd largest lot is located to the north of the arena at the intersection of 3rd and 5th. The 3rd lot is just north of 4th and is usually the cheapest of the three but has the farthest walk.
Does my child need a ticket to go to a Timberwolves game?
Children 2 years old and older will require a ticket to attend a Timberwolves game. All children under 2 years old will be permitted to sit on a parents lap for the duration of the game. We recommend bringing proof of the child’s age to the gate with you to ensure they are allowed to enter the Arena.