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Jerry Zgoda

Reporter | Timberwolves, NBA
phone: 612-673-7197
Jerry has been a Star Tribune sportswriter so long, his first beat directly out of college was covering the North Stars. In nearly 30 years, he has covered the NHL, the Wolves and the NBA twice (he missed the first Kevin Garnett era, which says something about his sense of timing), Gophers and NCAA athletics, the radio/TV beat, major-championship golf and outdoor recreation. Follow @JerryZgoda
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Down 18, Wolves storm back to beat Toronto

Down 18, Wolves storm back to beat Toronto

The Wolves' comeback was their biggest this season, two points more than the deficit they overcame against the Lakers in Los Angeles on opening night.
Wolves notes: Prince given time off for good behavior in Detroit

Wolves notes: Prince given time off for good behavior in Detroit

Tayshaun Prince received permission from the Wolves to attend former teammate Chauncey Billups' jersey retirement ceremony in Detroit.
As Wolves hit All-Star break 'all we got is our young guys'

As Wolves hit All-Star break 'all we got is our young guys'

With few alternatives, Wolves interim coach Sam Mitchell has tested the team's young players to find their limits.
Wolves two-game winning streak ends with a clunk

Wolves two-game winning streak ends with a clunk

The Wolves followed their first two-game winning streak since before Christmas by losing to a Pelicans team that came into the night 18-32 and had lost four games in a row
Wolves' circumstances lead to more pairing of Towns and Dieng

Wolves' circumstances lead to more pairing of Towns and Dieng

Given the team's current state and schedule, those playing-time increases for both men might continue at least through the forthcoming All-Star break.
Wolves notes: Towns liking his 'guard skills' in preparation for All-Star weekend

Wolves notes: Towns liking his 'guard skills' in preparation for All-Star weekend

Karl-Anthony Towns considers himself something of a guard in a 7-footer's body, thanks to the way he learned the game's fundamentals.
Rare road victory is welcome for Wolves

Rare road victory is welcome for Wolves

Wiggins followed Tuesday's 30-point performance in a shooting guard duel with Bryant by scoring 31 on Wednesday, the second time this season he has reached 30 points in back-to-back games.
Wolves hang on to end long run of losses vs. Clippers

Wolves hang on to end long run of losses vs. Clippers

Andrew Wiggins followed one 30-point game in Los Angeles with another on consecutive nights, and the Wolves snapped a 14-game losing streak to the Clippers.
Wolves show up too late against Lakers

Wolves show up too late against Lakers

The Wolves played 14 inspired final minutes Tuesday that still weren't enough to beat Kobe Bryant's 38-point night.
Showtime for Kobe: 38-point night sends Wolves to defeat

Showtime for Kobe: 38-point night sends Wolves to defeat

The Lakers' retiring superstar made seven of 11 three-pointers and L.A. snapped a 10-game losing streak after defeating the Wolves 119-115 on Tuesday.
Frustrated Pekovic has more painful setbacks

Frustrated Pekovic has more painful setbacks

Nikola Pekovic finds himself in something of a paradox: A man so big and physical but so limited by the complexity of the human foot's muscles, tendons and nerves.
'Little things that add up' give Portland another win over Wolves

'Little things that add up' give Portland another win over Wolves

Andrew Wiggins followed Friday's five-point, zero-rebound, zero-assist game in a loss at Utah by shooting 3-for-18 from the field. The Wolves' current losing streak hit four games.
Wolves notes: Wiggins set to move past off night

Wolves notes: Wiggins set to move past off night

"You just throw that kind of game out the window," he said of Friday's five-point effort at Utah.
Gorgui Dieng elevates his play for the Wolves

Gorgui Dieng elevates his play for the Wolves

The third-year pro starred Friday as he develops under Sam Mitchell.
NBA Insider: David Blatt's firing will suit James just fine

NBA Insider: David Blatt's firing will suit James just fine

LeBron James denies any role in David Blatt's firing in Cleveland, but the change should benefit NBA superstar.
Defending champ LaVine sharpening his dunk contest repertoire

Defending champ LaVine sharpening his dunk contest repertoire

Zach LaVine performed contest-worthy dunks after practice Tuesday, even calling General Manager Milt Newton over to watch.
Wolves fall to Jazz despite 32 points from Towns

Wolves fall to Jazz despite 32 points from Towns

Rookie Karl-Anthony Towns fought through illness for his first 30-point game of his career but others faltered, especially during another second-half collapse.
Oklahoma City rallies to defeat Wolves 126-123 at Target Center

Oklahoma City rallies to defeat Wolves 126-123 at Target Center

One night after the Thunder escaped New York City with an overtime victory over the Knicks, it beat the Wolves for the third time in 15 days.
Tyus Jones sitting on Wolves' bench, but improving in practices

Tyus Jones sitting on Wolves' bench, but improving in practices

More than a month after he returned from a six-game assignment in the NBA Development League, Timberwolves rookie Tyus Jones did not play Wednesday for a 12th consecutive game.
Cavaliers pick up the pace, and enough points, to outlast Wolves

Cavaliers pick up the pace, and enough points, to outlast Wolves

Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins and Zach LaVine became the first three 20-year-old teammates in NBA history to score at least 20 points each in the same game. It wasn't enough.
Garnett, Martin sit out; Payne sent to D League

Garnett, Martin sit out; Payne sent to D League

The Timberwolves went forth Monday missing power forwards Kevin Garnett and Adreian Payne, along with veteran guard Kevin Martin, against Cleveland and new coach Tyronn Lue.
Time mismanagement, misses irk Wolves forward Muhammad

Time mismanagement, misses irk Wolves forward Muhammad

Wolves third-year forward Shabazz Muhammad blamed himself for Wednesday's 106-94 overtime loss at Dallas.
Wolves lose lead, game to Mavericks in overtime

Wolves lose lead, game to Mavericks in overtime

Leading 84-74 with fewer than seven minutes left in the fourth quarter, the Wolves were outscored 32-10 the rest of the way.
Mitchell: At least Wolves are knocking on the door

Mitchell: At least Wolves are knocking on the door

"I'm encouraged," Wolves coach Sam Mitchell said. "We keep giving ourselves a chance."
Wolves blow another big lead, return to losing ways

Wolves blow another big lead, return to losing ways

Whatever momentum the Timberwolves found in Sunday's blowout home victory over Phoenix vanished Tuesday night during a loss in New Orleans.
Wolves notes: Towns, Davis take different games on similar paths

Wolves notes: Towns, Davis take different games on similar paths

Karl-Anthony Towns calls his relationship with fellow No. 1 draft pick from Kentucky, Anthony Davis, friendly without being friends because of their age difference.
Mitchell: Westbrook struggled at the point at first, too

Mitchell: Westbrook struggled at the point at first, too

Sam Mitchell said he demands much of Zach LaVine but promises he will emerge a much more mentally toughened player after he is "tried and tested" as All-Star Russell Westbrook was.
Rematch is a mismatch as Thunder rolls Wolves

Rematch is a mismatch as Thunder rolls Wolves

Oklahoma City led by 25 points before third quarter's end and the Wolves never mounted the kind of comeback they did just three days earlier.
Wanted: Wolves three-point shooters

Wanted: Wolves three-point shooters

Are the Wolves, who made eight three-pointers against Houston, finally starting to find their shots? Or are their shots finding them?
Turnovers, defensive lapses cause Wolves losing streak to hit eight

Turnovers, defensive lapses cause Wolves losing streak to hit eight

The Wolves briefly led by a point in the fourth quarter but couldn't stop Houston's guards down the stretch. Ricky Rubio had a turnover-filled game.
Wolves notes: Garnett, Pekovic tag-team playing back-to-back games

Wolves notes: Garnett, Pekovic tag-team playing back-to-back games

The Timberwolves took forward Kevin Garnett out of the starting lineup Wednesday on the second night of back-to-back games and inserted Nikola Pekovic.
Garnett finds his minutes limited by Father Time

Garnett finds his minutes limited by Father Time

"KG gives us what he can," coach Sam Mitchell said. "I try to limit his minutes between 10 and 15, depending on how he's feeling."
Wolves continue to slide, lose 93-87 to Dallas

Wolves continue to slide, lose 93-87 to Dallas

Once 11-16 after they beat Brooklyn, the Wolves now are 12-26 and fading fast in the Western Conference, where only New Orleans and the Lakers trail them.
Miller about Nowitzki: Don't discount 'old guys'

Miller about Nowitzki: Don't discount 'old guys'

"A lot of people take these old guys for granted," said Andre Miller, a 39-year-old commenting on a mere 37-year-old Dirk Nowitzki.
NBA Insider: The night Mo could do no wrong

NBA Insider: The night Mo could do no wrong

Mo Williams approaches the anniversary of his 52-point performance.
Wolves fall short of passing big test vs. Cleveland

Wolves fall short of passing big test vs. Cleveland

Andrew Wiggins' career-high 35-point game still wasn't nearly enough to prevent a 125-99 loss to an Eastern Conference-leading Cavaliers team that now has six consecutive games.
Wolves notes: Kevin Love reminisces about Saunders

Wolves notes: Kevin Love reminisces about Saunders

"Flip will always be a part of my basketball career, always be a part of my life," ex-Timberwolf Kevin Love said.
Wolves' Pekovic no worse for wear after his season debut

Wolves' Pekovic no worse for wear after his season debut

Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic practiced fully Thursday, the day after he played his first NBA game in nearly 10 months with a 16-minute, 12-point performance.
Cellar-dwelling Sixers rip Wolves for only 4th victory in 37 games

Cellar-dwelling Sixers rip Wolves for only 4th victory in 37 games

Only interim coach Sam Mitchell showed fire — after his team's flat performance. The Wolves have now lost seven of their past eight games.
Wolves' Pekovic gets his own 'Rocky' moment

Wolves' Pekovic gets his own 'Rocky' moment

The Timberwolves team bus diverted on its way from airport to hotel so center Nikola Pekovic could climb the same museum steps the fictional boxer Rocky once did, on Pekovic's 30th birthday.
Wolves blow early 17-point lead in home loss to Bucks

Wolves blow early 17-point lead in home loss to Bucks

Sam Mitchell said players should feel embarrassed after losing their fourth 17-point edge this season.
Wolves notes: Mitchell doesn't worry about interim label

Wolves notes: Mitchell doesn't worry about interim label

When Flip Saunders died in October, team owner Glen Taylor said both Sam Mitchell and GM Milt Newton have this season to prove themselves worthy permanently.
Now healthy, Rubio's steals numbers climbing

Now healthy, Rubio's steals numbers climbing

But his coach is cautious on gambling for them.
Wolves send out 2015 with ugly loss to Pistons

Wolves send out 2015 with ugly loss to Pistons

Detroit surged in the second quarter as Minnesota continued to slip in back-to-back situations.
Former Piston Tayshaun Prince enjoys visiting Detroit

Former Piston Tayshaun Prince enjoys visiting Detroit

Timberwolves veteran forward Tayshaun Prince came home Thursday to the Palace of Auburn Hills, the arena he called home for nearly 11 of his 14 NBA seasons. Unlike Kobe Bryant, he's not ready, at age 35, to call it a farewell tour.
Wolves snap four-game losing streak with home win over Utah

Wolves snap four-game losing streak with home win over Utah

The Wolves earned a 94-80 victory Wednesday night over the Jazz, no matter how unsightly it might have been.
Wolves notes: Pekovic can practice but against whom?

Wolves notes: Pekovic can practice but against whom?

Cleared to participate in contact practices, Timberwolves injured center Nikola Pekovic now just needs some of that before he plays his first game since last March.
Duncan out, Popovich ejected, but Spurs still able to beat Wolves

Duncan out, Popovich ejected, but Spurs still able to beat Wolves

San Antonio pushed its record to 18-0 at home this season.
Wolves' plan is to let Wiggins attack basket without fear

Wolves' plan is to let Wiggins attack basket without fear

Timberwolves interim coach Sam Mitchell had a message for young star Andrew Wiggins Monday night, and every night for that matter: Keep taking the ball to the basket, even if he gets his shot blocked five times.
Wolves' Martin might have to be traded to play again

Wolves' Martin might have to be traded to play again

Healthy enough to play, Timberwolves veteran guard Kevin Martin nonetheless sat out his second consecutive game in Saturday's 102-88 home loss to Indiana.
Mitchell wants young Wolves to learn from Spurs

Mitchell wants young Wolves to learn from Spurs

Five days after they got themselves a real education, the Timberwolves go back to school Monday against the Spurs in San Antonio.
NBA Insider: Scouts step it up during holidays

NBA Insider: Scouts step it up during holidays

They want to watch top prospects twice at least.
Wolves left behind as NBA continues embracing three-point shots

Wolves left behind as NBA continues embracing three-point shots

A step slow perhaps due to their busy recent schedule and maybe a mile behind philosophically, the Wolves were outscored 36-6 on made three-pointers in Boston.
Towns sees KG tribute, would like to leave his own mark

Towns sees KG tribute, would like to leave his own mark

Asked if he can foresee something similar to the reception that Kevin garnett received in Boston on Monday, Towns talked about a hope for his career.
KG gets tribute; Wolves have no answer for hot-shooting Celtics

KG gets tribute; Wolves have no answer for hot-shooting Celtics

Celtics fans got Kevin Garnett to take a bow from the bench, after their team had shot its way to a rout.
Wolves notes: Garnett, Celtics coach Stevens are peers, sort of

Wolves notes: Garnett, Celtics coach Stevens are peers, sort of

Both are 39 — and they took much different paths to the NBA.
Rubio holds court in Wolves road win over Nets

Rubio holds court in Wolves road win over Nets

The Wolves won their second consecutive game after they had lost eight of their last nine.
Wolves notes: Towns and Dieng a solid 1-2 punch

Wolves notes: Towns and Dieng a solid 1-2 punch

The Wolves big men combined for 44 points and 20 rebounds in Sunday's 100-85 victory at Brooklyn
Mitchell hopes lessons are learned after Rondo's anti-gay slur

Mitchell hopes lessons are learned after Rondo's anti-gay slur

Wolves interim coach Sam Mitchell hopes the fallout from Rajon Rondo's anti-gay slur is more tolerance and respect.
Towns' family in attendance at the Garden

Towns' family in attendance at the Garden

His grandmother, sister and other family members and friends came across the river from where he was born and raised in nearby New Jersey to watch him play a Knicks team he once cheered as a boy.
Lacking both Kevins, Wolves rally falls short in New York

Lacking both Kevins, Wolves rally falls short in New York

Coach Sam Mitchell sounded like a man more encouraged by his team's second-half comeback than discouraged by its first-half collapse.
Wolves owner Glen Taylor 'proceeding' toward selling 30 percent of team

Wolves owner Glen Taylor 'proceeding' toward selling 30 percent of team

Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor said he is working exclusively with Steve Kaplan's group and they have reached agreement on the minority interest 30 percent at a price Taylor wouldn't disclose.
Turnovers by the dozen in Wolves sloppy loss to Phoenix

Turnovers by the dozen in Wolves sloppy loss to Phoenix

Wolves interim coach Sam Mitchell said his team was "slow," as the Suns' Knight-Bledsoe backcourt dominated.
Miller, LaVine lead Wolves' comeback attempt

Miller, LaVine lead Wolves' comeback attempt

Interim coach Sam Mitchell called upon the pair late in the third quarter when all other hope was lost, and Miller's playmaking and LaVine's scoring created a 35-23 fourth-quarter advantage over the Suns.
Wolves blow 18-point lead, lose to Denver in overtime

Wolves blow 18-point lead, lose to Denver in overtime

Playing their second overtime game in three nights, the Wolves appeared headed to their second comfortable victory in Denver this season but the Nuggets had other ideas.
Glad it's not broken for 3rd time, Martin aims to play with sore wrist

Glad it's not broken for 3rd time, Martin aims to play with sore wrist

Timberwolves veteran Kevin Martin's right wrist continued to throb Friday, which might be a good sign. He has broken that wrist twice before in his career and each time scored 30-plus points.
Kobe Bryant's farewell tour comes to Target Center

Kobe Bryant's farewell tour comes to Target Center

Now 37 years old with a body showing its age, Bryant played his first NBA minutes in a game against the Wolves 19 years ago last month..
NBA Insider: Cassell grateful to Saunders for giving him his first chance to coach

NBA Insider: Cassell grateful to Saunders for giving him his first chance to coach

Flip Saunders hired the former Wolves point guard as a Wizards assistant in '09.
East-West role reversal may benefit the Wolves

East-West role reversal may benefit the Wolves

Early on, the East has been better than the West.
Towns named West's Rookie of the Month

Towns named West's Rookie of the Month

He won the award despite limited playing time lately in the fourth quarter.
Wolves' late run falls short against Magic

Wolves' late run falls short against Magic

Andrew Wiggins scored 27 points but that 28th point eluded him when he missed a free throw that would have tied the score with 5.8 seconds left.
Wolves' Pekovic hopeful for return in January

Wolves' Pekovic hopeful for return in January

Returned to running and playing one-on-one against teammate Ricky Rubio and others, Pekovic hopes to join his team for workouts within two weeks, presumably with his return to game action a couple of weeks after that.
Wolves get close, but can't top Clippers in L.A.

Wolves get close, but can't top Clippers in L.A.

The Timberwolves' three-game winning streak disappeared with Sunday's 107-99 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center.
Wolves notes: Bjelica returns from knee injury after four games

Wolves notes: Bjelica returns from knee injury after four games

Nemanja Bjelica returned Sunday with 22 minutes off the bench. His shot was perfect, even if his legs and lungs weren't.
Wolves reserve center Dieng gets nod as the closer

Wolves reserve center Dieng gets nod as the closer

Sam Mitchell decided to go with his more experienced center late in the games vs. the Kings and Hawks.
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