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Coach Ryan Saunders emphasized several things his young team could have done in the final seconds to beat Oklahoma City.
The Timberwolves interviewed Kevin Hanson at Summer League in Las Vegas, and, with Anthony Davis gone to LA, Hanson agreed to leave New Orleans and help oversee Karl-Anthony Towns' progress in Minnesota.
Karl-Anthony Towns (knee) was able to give it a go Friday against the Thunder while Andrew Wiggins (thumb) missed his fourth game of the season.
The game unraveled from in a series of unfortunate events that left the Wolves stunned headed into overtime, and they couldn't recover in a 139-127 loss to Oklahoma City.
For three quarters the Wolves had keep the most efficient offense in the NBA from operating at peak performance. The success didn't last, though.
Last season: An 0-5 road trip ended with Jimmy Butler traded. An 0-4 road trip helped end Tom Thibodeau's tenure. This season: The Wolves are 7-2 away from Target Center.
The Wolves won for the first time at the AT&T Center since April 17, 2013 and it came after Karl-Anthony Towns, Robert Covington and Ryan Saunders all picked up third-quarter technical fouls.
The Wolves were tied for third in the NBA entering Wednesday in overall three-point attempts at 39.5 per game. But they are 16th in corner threes at 7.1.
To veteran point guard Jeff Teague, the distinction of being a starter doesn't mean much as it might to some players.
The All-Star center finished two assists short of a triple-double, collecting 28 points and 13 rebounds. But he didn't have to carry the whole load.
The former Warrior had three points, nine rebounds and two blocks in a season-high 17 minutes.
Karl-Anthony Towns tried to carry the Wolves with 31 points and 17 rebounds but his tying three-point attempt with 9.2 seconds remaining missed long.
Given the Wolves' personnel issues with five members of the rotation out for injury or personal reasons Saturday, coach Ryan Saunders had to look deep.
Ryan Saunders uses a few timeouts per game solely to steal some rest at opportune times for his players. This goes hand in hand with the analytical approach the Wolves are taking
Guard and his coach haven't lost confidence despite 18 percent three-point shooting.
Wolves center Karl-Anthony Towns scores 29 points and grabs 13 rebounds to lead the fourth-quarter charge against the Jazz.
The Wolves like forward Jordan Bell's defensive versatility and given the rigors of the NBA season, he is likely to find himself back in the rotation at some point.
The Wolves were 7-0 when outrebounding opponents before Saturday's loss.
Bradley Beal scored 44 points for the Wizards and Mo Wagner finished with 30 in the one-sided victory at Target Center.
Andrew Wiggins missed Friday's game against Washington as the Timberwolves swingman deals with a personal matter.Wiggins traveled to Toronto to be with family members…
Jarrett Culver, the No. 6 pick in the draft, has shown promise of becoming a consistent two-way threat.
Andrew Wiggins left to a standing ovation from a Target Center crowd that watched him put in 30 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, part of a complete Timberwolves effort over the Spurs.
Timberwolves coach Ryan Saunders said the Wolves missed Jeff Teague in the fourth quarter of close games as someone who could set the tone for the offense late in close games.
Detroit cut into a comfortable Wolves lead in the game's final minutes, but the Wolves showed some resolve in holding off the Pistons for a 120-114 victory.
Wolves coach Ryan Saunders said he didn't think a performance like Sunday's would have a long-term effect on the Wolves' confidence.
Golden State comes to Target Center looking nothing like the team that has won the past five Western Conference championships.
Karl-Anthony Towns cut off the first question of his postgame media scrum at the first mention of the word "defense." That was about all the Wolves cut off in their loss to the Grizzlies.
Jeff Teague and Shabazz Napier missed Wednesday's game, with Teague not even making the trip because of an illness and Napier out because of a strained right hamstring. It meant the Wolves had to do some shuffling
With his mother healthy, former Apple Valley star and Wolves point guard Tyus Jones is happy to reflect on his time in Minnesota.
With Karl-Anthony Towns suspended for two games, the natural question was who would step up in his absence? Saturday night, it was everyone in a 131-109 victory over the Wizards.
Gersson Rosas was invited to Capitol Hill by a friend of his, political consultant Larry Gonzalez, who works closely with lawmakers on the all-Democrat caucus.
NBA Executive Vice President Kiki VanDeWeghe citing their "continued escalation" during the incident as cause for suspending Karl-Anthony Towns and 76ers star Joel Embiid
The person with one of the most interesting perspectives on the Karl-Anthony Towns-Joel Embiid fight was Timberwolves forward Robert Covington.
Tempers boiled over in the third quarter, with Karl-Anthony Towns and 76ers star Joel Embiid shoving each other and falling to the floor in a mutual headlock. "It was bound to happen," Wolves forward Robert Covington said.
Josh Okogie was a rather monstrous plus-50 in the Wolves' first two games; Shabazz Napier was a plus-35.
After missing his first 13 three-point shots of the season, Andrew Wiggins went on a spectacular scoring run in the closing minutes of the Wolves 116-109 victory over Miami.
On the four-year anniversary of Flip Saunders' death, Karl-Anthony Towns led the charge as the Timberwolves overcame a slow start to clobber Charlotte 121-99.
Josh Okogie, a 2018 first-round pick, was tasked with stopping Kyrie Irving on the final play of Wednesday night's game.
Karl-Anthony Towns stuffed the stat sheet with 36 points and 14 rebounds and Kyrie Irving missed a shot at the buzzer to give the Wolves a win.
As part of the Wolves' commitment to rest and recovery, the team opted not to have a shootaround Wednesday before their first game, and this could become more normal than not.
Wolves forward Robert Covington needed something that would reverse the dark days during his recovery from a knee injury last season. He found it in a place where he never thought to look.
Just how effective will their new emphasis on three-point shooting and up-tempo offense be?
There's no clear-cut title favorite, with the volume of All-Star caliber players changing residences actually doing a lot for parity in the league.
Andrew Wiggins admitted he wasn't having as much fun last season he did in other years. "But the joy has always been there. I've never been on the court not wanting to play."
Playing fast has consequences, and one will be that players will get tired, no matter how well-conditioned they are.
Andrew Wiggins did not look sharp with the regular season just ahead. The Wolves are hoping Thursday's 118-96 loss — another 22-point defeat — isn't foreboding of what's to come.
Veteran point guard Jeff Teague described the Wolves offense with a term you don't often hear from professional basketball players.
In their lone preseason home appearance, the Wolves beat Israel's Maccabi Haifa 131-101 at Target Center and perhaps revealed plans for newcomers Shabazz Napier and Treveon Graham.
Jarrett Culver said he is still trying to master terminology on defense and realizing he has to talk more on that end of the floor than he did in college at Texas Tech.
The Wolves are making a concerted effort to shoot more three-pointers this season, and they are on track to do that after taking 39 of their 93 shots from beyond the arc Tuesday in the first look at their revamped offense.
While rookie Jarrett Culver (pictured) got his first taste of NBA action, Karl-Anthony Towns was his usual effective self, collecting 19 points, 10 rebounds and five assists.
Saric got a crash course in life in the NBA last season as he was traded twice within the span of a calendar year — once from Philadelphia to the Wolves in November as part of the Jimmy Butler deal and then again in June.
Second-year guard Josh Okogie says he will slow down and read the game better.
Shabazz Napier has a chance to replace the departed Tyus Jones as Jeff Teague's top backup at point guard.
Jordan Bell, a Golden State second-round pick in 2017, has a championship ring, but he wants more out of his career. "This is a place I can build," he said of coming to Minnesota.
In Jake Layman, the Wolves think they have found an intelligent, crafty player who can complement Karl-Anthony Towns' game.
Karl-Anthony Towns, Robert Covington and Andrew Wiggins wore a No. 14 practice jersey with "Saunders" on the back. That was Flip Saunders' number when he played for the U.
Injuries cost Jeff Teague 40 games and ultimately led to ankle surgery late in the season.
The dramatically different atmosphere around the Timberwolves was on full display when the 2019-20 team gathered for the first time on Monday.
Here are some story lines to follow throughout Wolves training camp and into the season
Dario Saric, who came to the team in the Jimmy Butler trade, will head to Phoenix as part of the deal; the Wolves obtained shooting guard Jarrett Culver, who was the Big 12 Player of the Year and led the Red Raiders into the NCAA title game.
A year ago, the Wolves opened training camp amid constant drama with Jimmy Butler's trade request — and Tom Thibodeau's reluctance to trade the angered star. The vibe is much different this season.
The top Twins pitching propspect is adjusting well to his new role in the bullpen.
In anticipation of homer No. 400, the veteran slugger's mind and body are at ease.
Coach Ryan Saunders recently joined his team in the Bahamas for a camaraderie-building trip.
The inconsistent play of Andrew Wiggins was a popular topic for Gersson Rosas to address Thursday at the Great Minnesota Get-Together.
Jimmy Butler will return to town with the Miami Heat when the Wolves play their first home game at Target Center on Oct. 27.
Faith runs deep in Jarrett Culver's family. His father, Hiawatha, runs Rising Star Baptist Church in Lubbock, Texas, where Jarrett grew up and stayed to attend Texas Tech for two years.
Josh Okogie spent a day with a handful of other NBA players seeing how NBA TV and TNT put together their programming as part of the league's job shadowing program.
Gersson Rosas said he views the lineup as "a point guard, wings and fives," with the idea of forcing other teams to adapt to what the Wolves are doing.
The Wolves tried to come up with a deal for the backup point guard and Apple Valley native as free agency began, but Memphis' offer would have put them up against the salary tax.
It's evident when watching the Timberwolves in summer league that Keita Bates-Diop is among the most confident players on the floor. Can that translate in more success during the regular season?
Because the Wolves were not able to complete their draft-night trade with the Suns until Saturday, Culver was not allowed to participate in their summer league minicamp.
Because Jones is a restricted free agent, the Wolves have two days to match Memphis' offer sheet.
Gersson Rosas said over time he envisioned Jarrett Culver growing into a "primary playmaker," but he will be involved in the Wolves' offense right away.