2001-02 Minnesota Timberwolves Season
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2001%E2%80%9302 Minnesota Timberwolves Season
2001-02 Minnesota Timberwolves season
Head coachFlip Saunders
OwnersGlen Taylor
ArenaTarget Center
Results
Record50–32 (.610)
PlaceDivision: 3rd (Midwest)
Conference: 5th (Western)
Playoff finishFirst Round
(Lost to Mavericks 0-3)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
TelevisionKMSP-TV
WFTC
Fox Sports Net North
RadioKFAN

The 2001-02 NBA season was the Timberwolves' 13th season in the National Basketball Association.[1] The Timberwolves were able to re-sign Joe Smith during the off-season, with Smith arriving from the Detroit Pistons, where he played the previous season. The Timberwolves won nine of their first ten games, which led them to a 28-9 record as of January 15. However, Terrell Brandon sustained a knee injury after 32 games and was out for the remainder of the season, as the team suffered a 7-game losing streak in March. Meanwhile, Kevin Garnett continued to establish himself as one of the top players in the NBA averaging 21.2 points and 12.1 rebounds per game, as the Timberwolves finished third in the Midwest Division with a solid 50-32 record. Garnett and Wally Szczerbiak were both selected to play in the 2002 NBA All-Star Game.

The Timberwolves were again an NBA playoff team and were up against the Dallas Mavericks in the first round. The playoffs didn't go to plan, with the Timberwolves losing to the Dallas Mavericks in three straight games.

Before the start of the next season, Chauncey Billups signed as a free agent with the Detroit Pistons, and Sam Mitchell retired.

Draft picks

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 29 Forfeited pick
2 45 Loren Woods C  United States Arizona

Roster

Regular season

Season standings

Midwest Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-San Antonio Spurs 58 24 .707 - 32-9 26-15 21-3
x-Dallas Mavericks 57 25 .695 1 30-11 27-14 16-8
x-Minnesota Timberwolves 50 32 .610 8 29-12 21-20 15-9
x-Utah Jazz 44 38 .537 14 25-16 19-22 8-16
Houston Rockets 28 54 .341 30 18-23 10-31 9-15
Denver Nuggets 27 55 .329 31 20-21 7-34 8-16
Memphis Grizzlies 23 59 .280 35 15-26 8-33 7-17
# Western Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 z-Sacramento Kings 61 21 .744 -
2 y-San Antonio Spurs 58 24 .707 3
3 x-Los Angeles Lakers 58 24 .707 3
4 x-Dallas Mavericks 57 25 .695 4
5 x-Minnesota Timberwolves 50 32 .610 11
6 x-Portland Trail Blazers 49 33 .598 12
7 x-Seattle SuperSonics 45 37 .549 16
8 x-Utah Jazz 44 38 .537 17
9 Los Angeles Clippers 39 43 .476 22
10 Phoenix Suns 36 46 .439 25
11 Houston Rockets 28 54 .341 33
12 Denver Nuggets 27 55 .329 34
13 Memphis Grizzlies 23 59 .280 38
14 Golden State Warriors 21 61 .256 40



z - clinched division title
y - clinched division title
x - clinched playoff spot

Record vs. opponents

2001-02 NBA Records
Team ATL BOS CHA CHI CLE DAL DEN DET GSW HOU IND LAC LAL MEM MIA MIL MIN NJN NYK ORL PHI PHO POR SAC SAS SEA TOR UTA WAS
Atlanta -- 2-2 2-2 3-1 3-1 0-2 2-0 1-3 2-0 1-1 1-3 1-1 1-1 2-0 3-1 1-3 0-2 2-1 1-3 1-3 1-3 1-1 1-1 0-2 0-2 0-2 0-4 1-1 0-3
Boston 2-2 -- 2-1 2-2 4-0 0-2 2-0 2-2 1-1 0-2 3-0 2-0 2-0 2-0 3-1 1-3 1-1 3-1 4-0 3-1 1-3 1-1 1-1 0-2 0-2 1-1 2-2 1-1 3-1
Charlotte 2-2 1-2 -- 4-0 3-1 0-2 2-0 1-3 2-0 1-1 3-1 1-1 0-2 1-1 3-0 2-2 0-2 1-3 2-2 3-1 1-3 2-0 1-1 0-2 1-1 1-1 2-2 1-1 3-1
Chicago 1-3 2-2 0-4 -- 1-3 0-2 0-2 1-3 1-1 2-0 0-4 0-2 2-0 1-1 1-3 2-2 0-2 0-4 3-1 0-3 1-2 1-1 0-2 0-2 0-2 1-1 0-4 0-2 1-3
Cleveland 1-3 0-4 1-3 3-1 -- 0-2 1-1 1-3 1-1 2-0 2-2 0-2 0-2 1-1 3-1 3-1 2-0 1-3 2-2 1-3 0-3 1-1 0-2 0-2 1-1 0-2 1-3 0-2 1-2
Dallas 2-0 2-0 2-0 2-0 2-0 -- 4-0 1-1 4-0 2-2 2-0 2-2 1-3 4-0 1-1 2-0 2-2 2-0 1-1 1-1 1-1 3-1 2-2 3-1 1-3 3-1 1-1 3-1 1-1
Denver 0-2 0-2 0-2 2-0 1-1 0-4 -- 0-2 1-3 2-2 0-2 1-3 1-3 3-1 0-2 0-2 2-2 1-1 2-0 0-2 1-1 3-1 2-2 0-4 0-4 3-1 1-1 1-3 0-2
Detroit 3-1 2-2 3-1 3-1 3-1 1-1 2-0 -- 1-1 1-1 3-1 1-1 0-2 2-0 2-1 2-2 1-1 3-1 3-1 2-2 2-1 1-1 0-2 0-2 0-2 1-1 3-1 1-1 4-0
Golden State 0-2 1-1 0-2 1-1 1-1 0-4 3-1 1-1 -- 1-3 0-2 2-2 1-3 3-1 0-2 0-2 1-3 1-1 1-1 0-2 1-1 0-4 2-2 0-4 0-4 0-4 0-2 0-4 1-1
Houston 1-1 2-0 1-1 0-2 0-2 2-2 2-2 1-1 3-1 -- 0-2 1-3 0-4 1-3 0-2 1-1 2-2 0-2 1-1 0-2 1-1 2-2 1-3 0-4 0-4 2-2 1-1 2-2 1-1
Indiana 3-1 0-3 1-3 4-0 2-2 0-2 2-0 1-3 2-0 2-0 -- 1-1 0-2 1-1 2-2 1-3 1-1 1-3 2-1 3-1 3-1 1-1 1-1 2-0 1-1 0-2 1-3 1-1 3-1
L.A. Clippers 1-1 0-2 1-1 2-0 2-0 2-2 3-1 1-1 2-2 3-1 1-1 -- 1-3 3-1 2-0 1-1 2-2 0-2 2-0 1-1 0-2 3-1 1-3 1-3 1-3 1-3 1-1 0-4 1-1
L.A. Lakers 1-1 0-2 2-0 0-2 2-0 3-1 3-1 2-0 3-1 4-0 2-0 3-1 -- 3-1 1-1 2-0 2-2 1-1 2-0 2-0 1-1 2-2 2-2 3-1 3-1 3-1 1-1 3-1 2-0
Memphis 0-2 0-2 1-1 1-1 1-1 0-4 1-3 0-2 1-3 3-1 1-1 1-3 1-3 -- 1-1 0-2 0-4 0-2 1-1 0-2 2-0 1-3 2-2 1-3 0-4 0-4 1-1 3-1 0-2
Miami 1-3 1-3 0-3 3-1 1-3 1-1 2-0 1-2 2-0 2-0 2-2 0-2 1-1 1-1 -- 3-1 0-2 1-3 2-2 3-1 1-3 1-1 1-1 0-2 1-1 2-0 1-3 0-2 2-2
Milwaukee 3-1 3-1 2-2 2-2 1-3 0-2 2-0 2-2 2-0 1-1 3-1 1-1 0-2 2-0 1-3 -- 0-2 1-2 1-3 2-1 1-3 0-2 0-2 0-2 2-0 0-2 4-0 2-0 3-1
Minnesota 2-0 1-1 2-0 2-0 0-2 2-2 2-2 1-1 3-1 2-2 1-1 2-2 2-2 4-0 2-0 2-0 -- 1-1 2-0 1-1 1-1 2-2 2-2 1-3 2-2 2-2 1-1 3-1 2-0
New Jersey 1-2 1-3 3-1 4-0 3-1 0-2 1-1 1-3 1-1 2-0 3-1 2-0 1-1 2-0 3-1 2-1 1-1 -- 4-0 3-1 2-2 1-1 1-1 1-1 2-0 1-1 2-2 1-1 3-1
New York 3-1 0-4 2-2 1-3 2-2 1-1 0-2 1-3 1-1 1-1 1-2 0-2 0-2 1-1 2-2 3-1 0-2 0-4 -- 0-4 1-3 1-1 1-1 1-1 0-2 2-0 3-0 1-1 1-3
Orlando 3-1 1-3 1-3 3-0 3-1 1-1 2-0 2-2 2-0 2-0 1-3 1-1 0-2 2-0 1-3 1-2 1-1 1-3 4-0 -- 3-1 2-0 0-2 1-1 0-2 0-2 3-1 1-1 2-2
Philadelphia 3-1 3-1 3-1 2-1 3-0 1-1 1-1 1-2 1-1 1-1 1-3 2-0 1-1 0-2 3-1 3-1 1-1 2-2 3-1 1-3 -- 2-0 0-2 0-2 1-1 1-1 1-3 0-2 2-3
Phoenix 1-1 1-1 0-2 1-1 1-1 1-3 1-3 1-1 4-0 2-2 1-1 1-3 2-2 3-1 1-1 2-0 2-2 1-1 1-1 0-2 0-2 -- 2-2 1-3 1-3 2-2 1-1 2-2 0-2
Portland 1-1 1-1 1-1 2-0 2-0 2-2 2-2 2-0 2-2 3-1 1-1 3-1 2-2 2-2 1-1 2-0 2-2 1-1 1-1 2-0 2-0 2-2 -- 2-2 1-3 3-1 1-1 1-3 2-0
Sacramento 2-0 2-0 2-0 2-0 2-0 1-3 4-0 2-0 4-0 4-0 0-2 3-1 1-3 3-1 2-0 2-0 3-1 1-1 1-1 1-1 2-0 3-1 2-2 -- 3-1 2-2 2-0 4-0 1-1
San Antonio 2-0 2-0 1-1 2-0 1-1 3-1 4-0 2-0 4-0 4-0 1-1 3-1 1-3 4-0 1-1 0-2 2-2 0-2 2-0 2-0 1-1 3-1 3-1 1-3 -- 2-2 1-1 4-0 2-0
Seattle 2-0 1-1 1-1 1-1 2-0 1-3 1-3 1-1 4-0 2-2 2-0 3-1 1-3 4-0 0-2 2-0 2-2 1-1 0-2 2-0 1-1 2-2 1-3 2-2 2-2 -- 2-0 1-3 1-1
Toronto 4-0 2-2 2-2 4-0 3-1 1-1 1-1 1-3 2-0 1-1 3-1 1-1 1-1 1-1 3-1 0-4 1-1 2-2 0-3 1-3 3-1 1-1 1-1 0-2 1-1 0-2 -- 1-1 1-2
Utah 1-1 1-1 1-1 2-0 2-0 1-3 3-1 1-1 4-0 2-2 1-1 4-0 1-3 1-3 2-0 0-2 1-3 1-1 1-1 1-1 2-0 2-2 3-1 0-4 0-4 3-1 1-1 -- 2-0
Washington 3-0 1-3 1-3 3-1 2-1 1-1 2-0 0-4 1-1 1-1 1-3 1-1 0-2 2-0 2-2 1-3 0-2 1-3 3-1 2-2 3-2 2-0 0-2 1-1 0-2 1-1 2-1 0-2 --

Game log

Playoffs

West First Round

(4) Dallas Mavericks vs. (5) Minnesota Timberwolves Last Playoff Meeting: This is the first meeting between the Mavericks and Timberwolves.

Dirk Nowitzki was virtually unstoppable in this series, averaging around 33 points and 16 rebounds per game.[2]

Game Date Visitor Score Home Score Record

(DAL-MIN)

Venue TV Time Recap
1 April 21 Minnesota 94 Dallas 101 1-0 American Airlines Center NBC 3:00et/2:00ct Recap
2 April 24 Minnesota 110 Dallas 122 2-0 American Airlines Center TNT 9:30et/8:30ct Recap
3 April 28 Dallas 115 Minnesota 102 3-0 Target Center NBC 3:00et/2:00ct Recap
Dallas wins series 3–0

Player statistics

Season

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
William Avery 28 0 9.2 .289 .171 .684 0.9 1.3 0.3 0.0 2.5
Chauncey Billups 82 54 28.7 .423 .394 .885 2.8 5.5 0.8 0.2 12.5
Terrell Brandon 32 28 30.1 .425 .174 .988 2.9 8.3 1.6 0.2 12.4
Maurice Evans 10 0 4.5 .474 .000 .750 0.4 0.4 0.0 0.0 2.1
Kevin Garnett 81 81 39.2 .499 .319 .801 12.1 5.2 1.2 1.6 21.2
Marc Jackson 22 0 14.8 .384 .000 .813 3.9 0.5 0.3 0.4 4.6
Felipe Lopez 67 0 8.7 .378 .424 .673 1.2 0.6 0.3 0.0 2.5
Sam Mitchell 74 10 9.8 .432 .286 .776 1.1 0.6 0.2 0.1 3.3
Rasho Nesterovic 82 82 27.0 .493 .000 .549 6.5 0.9 0.5 1.3 8.4
Robert Pack 16 0 15.8 .368 .250 .733 1.4 3.1 0.8 0.0 3.9
Anthony Peeler 82 0 25.1 .421 .392 .862 2.5 2.2 0.7 0.1 9.0
Joe Smith 72 63 26.7 .511 .667 .830 6.3 1.1 0.5 0.8 10.7
Wally Szczerbiak 82 82 38.0 .508 .455 .831 3.1 1.2 0.8 0.3 18.7
Gary Trent 64 10 17.8 .507 .000 .639 4.2 0.9 0.3 0.4 7.5
Loren Woods 60 0 8.6 .344 .000 .733 2.0 0.4 0.3 0.6 1.8

Playoffs

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Chauncey Billups 3 3 44.7 .385 .400 .700 5.0 5.7 1.0 0.3 22.0
Kevin Garnett 3 3 43.3 .429 .500 .719 18.7 5.0 1.7 1.7 24.0
Marc Jackson 1 0 1.0 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Felipe Lopez 3 0 10.0 .250 .500 .500 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.0 1.3
Sam Mitchell 3 2 11.3 .333 .000 .100 0.7 1.0 0.3 0.3 2.7
Rasho Nesterovic 3 3 30.7 .484 .000 .444 6.7 1.0 0.3 0.0 11.3
Robert Pack 3 0 3.3 .200 .000 .100 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0
Anthony Peeler 3 0 22.3 .450 .556 .667 4.3 0.7 1.3 0.0 9.0
Joe Smith 3 1 14.3 .000 .000 .875 3.7 0.0 0.0 0.3 4.3
Wally Szczerbiak 3 3 43.7 .477 .222 .889 7.0 2.0 .07 0.0 20.0
Gary Trent 3 0 5.5 .500 .000 .500 3.0 0.3 0.0 0.0 6.3

Awards and records

Transactions

References

See also


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