Andrew Wiggins had himself a career night on Tuesday, but it was not enough against the defending NBA champs. Wiggins' 41-point effort went to waste in the Minnesota Timberwolves' 116-108 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. LeBron James finished with 25 points, 14 rebounds, and eight assists for the No. 1 seed in the East. Channing Frye had 21 points and 10 rebounds, as he started in place of the injured Kevin Love. Karl-Anthony Towns put up 26 points for the Timberwolves, who end a six-game homestand at 2-4. The Cavs shot a solid 51 percent from the field, leading by as many as 14 in the game. The only negative is that they just could not stop the T'Wolves' young star, as Wiggins' point total skyrocketed when he put up 20 in the third quarter alone. The 21-year-old was drafted by the Cavs three years ago, but dealt immediately to the T'Wolves, which definitely added extra motivation for Tuesday's performance.
Cavs Lose Kevin Love For Six Weeks
The Cleveland Cavaliers did take a big hit before Tuesday's game, as forward Kevin Love underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, and will miss six weeks. The surgery took place in New York on Tuesday, removing a loose body from his knee. This will also cause Love to miss this weekend's All-Star festivities, which was his first invitation since joining the Cavs in 2014. It was his fourth All-Star selection overall. He joins J.R. Smith on the injured reserve list, as Smith is still nursing a broken thumb. If Love returns in the estimated six weeks, he would have about nine or 10 games left in the regular season. So far this year, he is averaging 20.0 points and 11.1 rebounds. Channing Frye is expected to be his replacement in the Cavs' starting five.
Canadiens Replace HC Therrien With Former Bruins HC Julien
The Montreal Canadiens announced a couple of moves that shook up the hockey world on Tuesday. First, the Atlantic Division leaders fired head coach, Michel Therrien. They then went on to hire former Boston Bruins head man, Claude Julien, who was fired just last week. Montreal was "seeking new energy", as they are just 1-5-1 in the month of February. Overall, they sit at 31-19-8 on the season. Julien was fired by the Bruins last Tuesday, as the 2011 Stanley Cup winner had been the longest-tenured coach in the league. The Canadiens reportedly asked for permission from the Bruins to speak to Julien, as the division/Original Six rivals will be seeing a lot of each other the rest of this season. Therrien, on the other hand, was in his fifth season with Montreal, missing the playoffs for the first time last season. This move is even more newsworthy due to the fact that Boston is in third place in the Atlantic, just six points behind the Canadiens.