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Until the fourth quarter in Toronto, the Wolves built separate leads of nine, 10 and 12 points in the first half and held the lead at the end of their usually troublesome third quarter.
An assistant to Team USA's Mike Krzyzewski, Tom Thibodeau coached Toronto's DeMar DeRozan
Now a fixture on national broadcasts, Kevin Harlan once upon a time made early Wolves games must-listen radio.
In their recovery from two early 10-point deficits, the Spurs again proved themselves to be everything Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau wants his team to be.
Until Wolves GM Scott Layden and longtime friend Tom Thibodeau were hired last spring, Layden worked the past four years in San Antonio's successful front office.
One-quarter of the way into their season, the Timberwolves don't believe their record defines their ability. "Winning is hard in this league,' said coach Tom Thibodeau.
One apparent need: The young players might benefit from a veteran contributor to the roster.
Last season, the Wolves lost four consecutive games six times — including a nine-game streak that consumed half of January — before they reversed course in February after a 14-36 season start.
Unlike last April. when the Timberwolves surprised the Warriors with an overtime win, Golden State took control and didn't let it waver.
Tyus Jones played the game's final 18 minutes and helped direct the Timberwolves to a fourth-quarter comeback and their second road victory this season.
Wolves guard Ricky Rubio took two shots, didn't make either and didn't score a point in Wednesday's lopsided loss at New Orleans.
The New Orleans superstar scored 45 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
Once shooting about 63 percent from three-point range after the season's first seven games, he went 7-for-29 — that's 24.1 percent — and 0-for-8 on three-pointers in losses Saturday at Memphis and Monday at home against Boston.
Adreian Payne has gone from unused to a place in Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau's rotation these past four games.
The Wolves haven't won a game yet this season by fewer than 16 points.
Minnesota's third-quarter woes continued with a 14-0 run by Memphis.
The Wolves' loss to Charlotte at Target Center left coach Tom Thibodeau hoarse, terse and questioning his team's choices while making the same mistakes time and again.
Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau likes the look Bjelica's presence gives his team alongside starters Andrew Wiggins, Karl-Anthony Towns and Gorgui Dieng because of Bjelica's wingspan and his shooting range.
It's Karl-Anthony Towns' birthday on Tuesday: "I've been fortunate to have 21 years on this Earth, but I feel like I've lived about 60 years."
With multiple players out, Andrew Wiggins continued the evolution of his play Sunday at Target Center. He became the 13th Timberwolves player to score at least 40 points in a game.
Exodus of stars from both teams and all over the league has two young squads optimistic.
The Clippers improved to 9-1 with their sixth consecutive victory, leading the Wolves by as many by 19 points in the fourth quarter Saturday night at Target Center.
Playing for the first time since the season's second game, Ricky Rubio had seven points, six assists six rebounds in 24 minutes, shooting 2-for-5 from the floor in a 119-105 loss.
Andrew Wiggins is 11th in the NBA in scoring at 24.0 points per game, partly because of his improved three-point range, partly because of his continued ability to get draw fouls
The Wolves won for just the second time in seven games this young season, demonstrating this time that life in the NBA is easier when you build a big lead and keep it.
Point guard Tyus Jones' 12-point, seven-assist, five-steal, five-rebound game Tuesday at Brooklyn put him in some elite company among the youngest Timberwolves ever.
Wiggins' shooting and scoring took the Wolves to the brink of their second victory this season, but free-throw shooting again hurt him and missed opportunities in the closing minutes stopped him and his team.
He has coached under Bill Musselman, Jeff Van Gundy, Doc Rivers and Mike Krzyzewski and spent a season's sabbatical going from franchise to franchise studying many things, among them leadership.
Going to see "Hamilton" is among the New York diversions coach Tom Thibodeau is using to unify the 1-4 Wolves.
Just five regular-season games into his career, Kris Dunn has established himself as an NBA-ready defender even as he and his teammates adapt while Dunn learns to run a pro offense.
Coach Tom Thibodeau wants his team to shoot more threes than Wolves teams have in recent years. "If they're the right ones," he added.
Up by as many as 40 in the third quarter, the Wolves cruised to a 116-80 victory over Memphis on Tuesday to open the home portion of their schedule in style.
There's a reason Gorgui Dieng signed before Monday's 11 p.m. deadline rather than wait until July, when he would have become a restricted free agent.
Three nights after they lost an early 17-point lead at Memphis, the Timberwolves kicked away an 18-point, second-quarter lead in Sacramento.
Three nights after giving up a 17-point lead in Memphis the Timberwolves lost an 18-point cushion Saturday in Sacramento that had coach Tom Thibodeau fuming after a loss to the Kings.
Minnesotan Dave Joerger was part of both history Sacramento's new future Thursday, when the Kings played their first regular-season game in the $557 million Golden 1 Center
Wolves' Tom Thibodeau is studied and calm as he motivates a young team.
Wolves rookie guard Kris Dunn did not appear to be nervous playing in his first real NBA game. "I'm just trying to play within the system, trying to stay in my lane, trying to be as effective as I can," he said.
Ahead 20-3 to open the season in Memphis, the Wolves fluttered away the lead and the game losing 102-98 to the Grizzlies, who were missing two of their regular starters.
At age 20, Karl-Anthony Towns considers himself something of a changed man who's better prepared to face the two-time All Star and 2013 NBA Defensive Player of the Year.
The Golden State Warriors are the new guys in the black hats now that they've added free-agent signee Kevin Durant to a team that won a record 73 regular-season games last season.
Few NBA teams carry four point guards, and it's a number that probably makes it about even odds the Wolves trade homegrown Tyus Jones to Cleveland, Philadelphia, New Orleans or another team seeking a backup point guard for another big forward or wing defender by Monday's deadline to set final rosters.
The Wolves haven't forgotten the prime architect of the team.
Thibodeau's D is based on defending the rim, building a wall behind the guards.
One Timberwolves preseason game still remains, but already young stars Karl-Anthony Towns and Ricky Rubio seem to have midseason understanding even before their team finishes up with Friday's finale against visiting Charlotte.
Fourteen-time major winner Tiger Woods participated in seven Ryder Cups as a player. He won it for only the second time on Sunday as one…
No choking allowed. This time, Team USA's dominant final-day push left no doubt in front of a huge, wildly cheering crowd at Hazeltine National in Chaska.
Team USA leads Europe 9.5 to 6.5 heading into Sunday's deciding singles play. Tee time at Hazeltine is 11 a.m.
This time, they take a three-point lead into Sunday at Hazeltine National Golf Club with five players and the same captain, Davis Love III, remaining from that team.
European star Rory McIlroy ended the day by making a clinching eagle putt on Hazeltine's No. 16.
Mickelson called it a match in which he felt as much pressure as in any of the first 10 Ryder Cups he played.
The long lead-up is over; it's time to play some high-intensity golf at Hazeltine National. Play will begin with four morning matches that start with two young Americans facing Europe's Olympic gold and silver medalists.
Young Americans Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed will again play together for each other, team and country at this Ryder Cup, starting with…
Every move of the Americans' Davis Love III and the Europeans' Darren Clarke will be scrutinized this weekend.
Somebody asked two-time major champion and U.S. team member Jordan Spieth to "paint a picture" of what it felt and sounded and smelled like his first time in the Ryder Cup in Scotland two years ago. He actually HAS commissioned a painting of it.
U.S. Ryder Cup golfers walked over a stone bridge named in Payne Stewart's memory and onto Hazeltine's seventh fairway, some not old enough to have known the man who is linked to the course and this week's competition..
Rory McIlroy brings a revived putter to an event that's new to half the team
Jordan Spieth, 'matured' after a season of slippage, is a key figure among the dozen
Jacklin and Hazeltine both have changed a bit since he won the 1970 U.S. Open by seven whopping strokes.
Teamwork isn't built in to golf, but it's foremost lately for Davis Love III.
The Best Golf Team Ever Assembled part of a radio interview went around the world on the Internet. On Tuesday, Love tried to put his comments in context.
Competing for team and country instead of money changes mind-sets and reveals foibles
Holes Nos. 5 through 9 and 14-18 have been flip-flopped for the event
European captain Darren Clarke has played in five Ryder Cups, assisted as vice captain two other times and lost only once in those many years.…
In the many months since their side lost again to Europe, prospective U.S. Ryder Cup members have been a part of an assortment of team building activities.
A moment of silence for the man they called "The King" will be held at Thursday afternoon's opening ceremonies. Players from the U.S. and European team will wear pins — fans will get buttons — presenting a logo created by the PGA Tour and the Palmer family that will mention "Arnie's Army," his legion of fans.
Ryan Moore, who finished second Sunday in a playoff at the Tour Championship, joins Rickie Fowler, J.B. Holmes and Matt Kuchar as Davis Love III's four captain's selections.
A gesture at the 2014 Ryder Cup lives on. So does his match-play fervor.
U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III will complete his team by naming his last captain's pick at halftime of NBC's "Sunday Night Football" game.
There's a new generation of Americans coming to Hazeltine National and the Ryder Cup this week, which probably is a good thing considering the U.S. has lost to Europe eight of the past 10 times.
The recovering American star will excite fans but also provide vital tactical input for Davis Love III.
Cinderella story? You'll have to head to Chaska next Tuesday to find out.
Suggested eight years ago by the late Flip Saunders: 13 grown men will roam Hazeltine next week sporting Helga horns and braids, singing their hearts out in support of the U.S. Ryder Cup squad.
The Minnesotan lends his local knowledge in the role of vice captain.
Love calls notifications "three fun phone calls."
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