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Tuesday was still a homecoming for Robert Covington, Dario Saric and Jerryd Bayless
Goalie Devan Dubnyk gave up five goals on 20 shots and there were plenty of other mistakes by a Wild team that lost another game to one of the NHL's weakest teams.
The trade with Minnesota brought the Sixers someone who plays at an All-Star level, as well as a player who brings drama to your locker room thanks to his competitive nature.
Even Wild coach Bruce Boudreau wasn't sure if he was going to get to see his former boss, Chuck Fletcher, before Monday's game against the Flyers.
The guard returned to action Friday after missing the previous six games because of an ankle injury.
Wolves coach Ryan Saunders stated what every Wolves fan has seen since Andrew Wiggins joined the team: "We always say an engaged Andrew Wiggins is a very good Andrew Wiggins."
The Wolves proceeded with the awkward but necessary business of moving on without former coach Tom Thibodeau and with 32-year-old Ryan Saunders in charge.
Owner Glen Taylor has named Ryan Saunders as the interim head coach. Scott Layden remains the general manager.
The Wolves center gets up from a hard fall to complete a line of 28 points and 18 rebounds in rout.
As the Timberwolves reach the midway point of the season 12th in the West, not only are the they losing Robert Covington's physical abilities, they're also losing one of their most valuable voices on the floor.
Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns combined for 59 points but it wasn't enough to compensate for three key players out of the lineup, and Boston feasted.
The Wolves already have been struggling to keep afloat in the Western Conference playoff race. Now they will have to do so without three of their main contributors. All three were out because of ankle injuries.
New Orleans' three-point shooting more than made up for the absence of Anthony Davis to illness.
Tom Thibodeau said both point guards are day to day.
Karl-Anthony Towns racked up 34 points, 18 rebounds, seven assists and six blocked shots Sunday in Miami, helping the Wolves to a road win. Only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, in 1975, has put up similar numbers.
Andrew Wiggins on Sunday doubled back on his comments about some Wolves fans being good and some bad, but without the curse words.
After the Wolves lost to rebuilding Atlanta in overtime at Target Center on Friday, there was an airing of grievances on the part of fans and one player in particular, Andrew Wiggins.
The Wild's 48 shots on goal couldn't produce the goals to get the team out of its December slump.
The one-time MVP also handed out eight assists before an adoring crowd as the Wolves won their second consecutive road game.
Growing up in Chicago, Covington attended games at United Center during the Bulls dynasty, with Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen winning the last three of their six NBA championships there.
"I look at it as a regular game," Rose said of Wednesday's game in his hometown against his former team, the Bulls. "By nature, I'm just a hooper."
After their 114-112 victory over the Thunder on Sunday night, players said the previous night's outing in Oklahoma City had been an important one for team bonding.
The Wolves used a third-quarter rally to push past Oklahoma City behind 30 points and six rebounds from Andrew Wiggins, who scored 15 of them in the first quarter.
Karl-Anthony Towns from three-point range came after he hit at least one three-pointer in 30 consecutive games to start the season.
Rose was limited in practice Saturday and is questionable vs. Oklahoma City. Teague is expected to miss another week (ankle), which means the Wolves could be without both as they try to rebound from losing six of seven.
Just how bad is it for the Timberwolves star? Karl-Anthony Towns is only 10-for-30 from the field in his past two games and is 1-for-12 from three-point range.
Coach Tom Thibodeau said the point guard needs time to heal his injured ankle.
The Spurs shamelessly piled up three-pointers against the slumping Wolves defense.
Few things this season have gone according to plan for the Wolves, who after Saturday lost to go winless on another long roadtrip. Minnesota is 0-11 on the road in the West this season.
Taj Gibson didn't play for the Timberwolves on Saturday night, as he left the team to deal with a personal matter.
The Timberwolves' Anthony Tolliver has grown an expanding entrepreneurial base by flipping houses and partnering in other businesses such as sports apparel and fitness.
Karl-Anthony Towns, who had four assists Wednesday night, said when he faces a double-team, he trusts his teammates are going to be in position to make a play.
The last time the Wolves left Sacramento, Jimmy Butler was traded the next day. This time, they leave after a night when their defense was punctured with 19 three-pointers by the Kings.
NBA Insider: Teams continue to shoot more and more bombs.
The Warriors on Monday hit 19 of 43 three-point attempts as the Wolves fell to 0-9 against Western Conference opponents on the road.
Robert Covington was back in the lineup Monday against the Warriors after missing Saturday's game at Portland because of right knee soreness.
Short-notice fill-in Josh Okogie stepped in capably in loss to Trail Blazers
Despite a gutsy effort, the Wolves couldn't outlast Portland, which got clutch baskets in the final moments from Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum for a 113-105 victory.
Jones is playing about the same amount of minutes as last year — 17.9, but his offensive numbers are down in most categories.
Houston earlier this week doubled Derrick Rose off screens and denied him the ball. That meant there were going to be opportunities for Rose's teammates.
Andrew Wiggins scored 16 points on 6-for-11 shooting Monday, leading many around the organization to believe his improved play against the Rockets is a sign of things to come.
The Wolves on Wednesday will complete their four-game homestand before heading back on the road for seven of their next nine games.
The Rockets have been slow to start, but after dropping four straight games, the Rockets have won their past two.
The Wolves rallied from 14 points down but could not pick up a home court victory.
Derrick Rose is undergoing a career renaissance in his first full season with the Wolves and has led a revived second unit that is among the best benches in the NBA
After the Jimmy Butler trade brought Dario Saric and Robert Covington here from Philadelphia, Saric had to pick up and reorganize his life. But it's something he has done before.
With the Wolves cruising late in their 128-89 victory over the Spurs on Wednesday, rookie Josh Okogie got a chance to play 10 minutes — and he didn't waste it.
The Wolves are almost a completely different team since the trade — the differences in various statistical categories are striking, with perhaps the most glaring coming on defense.
Robert Covington continued to show all of the things he can do to help the Wolves, including how to recover from a 1-for-18 shooting performance in his previous game.
He had a better performance against the Cavs, but again was not on the floor at the end of the game.
The Wolves are fattening up on a favorable portion of their schedule with wins over mediocre Eastern Conference opponents.
Tipping off several hours earlier than normal while in Brooklyn on Friday, Derrick Rose scored 25 and Karl-Anthony Towns added 21 points for the Wolves, who had lost their first eight road games of the season.
Despite three fouls, Karl-Anthony Towns on Friday stayed aggressive on the offensive end, scoring 17 of his 21 points in the third quarter
With the occasional exception, the pace of play is on the rise.
Twelve days after losing by 30 in Portland, and on a night dedicated to Prince with Kevin Garnett sitting courtside, the Wolves on Friday started quick and never let up for a third consecutive win on this five-game homestand.
"Unfortunately there was not a lot of communication but at the end of the day I'm a professional," Anthony Tolliver said of his riding the bench vs. New Orleans and Portland.
Strong work ethic in their first appearances Wednesday night by Robert Covington and Dario Saric eased the transition with Wolves.
It was a fine Timberwolves debut for Robert Covington and Dario Saric, combined with Karl-Anthony Towns getting off to a hot start and Andrew Wiggins stepping up with a huge dunk near the end.
One advantage of playing at shooting guard, Wiggins said, was that he likely would see smaller defenders playing him.
To Glen Taylor, the most glaring problems came later in games when he could see how the Jimmy Butler situation weighed on the team's young players, including Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins.
It was hard to find a time when the new Wolves smiled during their press conference Tuesday. But Robert Covington, a defensive ace, talked about 'the new opportunity' in front of them.
Tom Thibodeau said throughout the last two months while Jimmy Butler was still with the Wolves that he was waiting for the right deal to come along. "We wanted quality players," Thibodeau said.
The Wolves will get Robert Covington, Dario Saric and Jerryd Bayless for Jimmy Butler and Justin Patton. It ends a two-month drama, after Butler requested a trade before training camp began.
The Wolves wasted a 39-point night from Karl-Anthony Towns while the Kings had all five starters in double figures, led by Willie Cauley-Stein with 25
Jimmy Butler is averaging 35.6 minutes per game and Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau said a 35-minute limit is "about what we had talked about."
Wolves guard Derrik Rose is hitting 46 percent of his three-pointers this season. "I shot probably 15,000 or 20,000 shots this summer," Rose said. "I changed my form. I changed everything."
The Wolves are the worst defensive rebounding team in the league, and it showed again and again in the final flurry of action in Wednesday's 114-110 loss.
Derrick Rose said that given his injury history, which includes multiple knee surgeries, he has to be cautious when evaluating whether or not he's going to try and play through pain.
NBA Insider: Freedom of movement means defenders can't grab or hold the player they are guarding, even if the player is stationary. It's been an adjustment and offense is flourishing.
The Wolves were frustrated with fouls called on them in the fourth quarter, helping the Clippers to stifle any chance of a Wolves comeback.
The Wolves entered Monday with the worst defensive rebounding percentage in the league at .659.
Coach Tom Thibodeau has had to test his team's depth early and often this season, and on Sunday, it just couldn't keep up with the Trail Blazers.
Butler sat out against the Trail Blazers, two days after he played against the Warriors and made clear after that game that he was calling the shots on whether he'd play.
The Wolves led 87-83 after three quarters but then the Warriors found an extra gear that the Wolves, and possibly nobody else in the NBA, has and won 116-99.
While Jimmy Butler and Tyus Jones were back on the court Friday night, Wolves point guard Jeff Teague missed his second consecutive game because of a left knee bruise.
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