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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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As Wolves have slumped, Dunn seeing minutes go up

As Wolves have slumped, Dunn seeing minutes go up

In the three games since the Wolves returned from a 0-3 Eastern trip that quashed their playoff aspirations, rookie Kris Dunn's playing time has more than doubled.
Younger brother Tre steals spotlight from Wolves' Tyus Jones

Younger brother Tre steals spotlight from Wolves' Tyus Jones

Apple Valley's Tre Jones had 24 points and 18 rebounds to lead his team to the state 4A title on Saturday night, sparking natural comparisons to his older brother and his accomplishments.
Running on empty, Wolves fall 112-100 in Portland

Running on empty, Wolves fall 112-100 in Portland

The Wolves on Saturday lost their sixth straight, this time to a hot Portland team that has won 10 of 13.
Thibodeau: Wiggins, Towns won't rest down the stretch

Thibodeau: Wiggins, Towns won't rest down the stretch

With just 10 games remaining, Tom Thibodeau said now is not the time for yielding or rest, even if draft-lottery jockeying has replaced playoff aspirations.
Wolves give up another late lead, fall in OT to Lakers

Wolves give up another late lead, fall in OT to Lakers

The Lakers scored nine unanswered points late in the fourth quarter against the Wolves, then the first eight points in overtime to win just their 21st game of the season.
Lakers statue honors 'all-time great' Shaq

Lakers statue honors 'all-time great' Shaq

The Lakers on Friday honored Shaquille O'Neal by placing his bronzed image outside along with those of Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Jerry West, and famed announcer Chick Hearn.
China's team? Wolves say hearty 'ni hao' to potential market

China's team? Wolves say hearty 'ni hao' to potential market

The games announced Monday are the most visible examples in the Wolves' strategy to make themselves and their young internationally famous stars something of "China's Team."
Wolves expected to sign forward Casspi

Wolves expected to sign forward Casspi

With Nemanja Bjelica lost for the season, the Timberwolves will sign veteran free-agent forward Omri Casspi — a similarly sized player who can do many of the same things — for the season's final 13 games.
Wolves aspirations and spirits sink after loss in New Orleans

Wolves aspirations and spirits sink after loss in New Orleans

Not long after they had won seven of 11 games largely by holding opponents to fewer than 100 points, the Wolves are coming home after an 0-3 road trip.
Thibodeau demands more from Wolves stars

Thibodeau demands more from Wolves stars

Tom Thibodeau says that Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns need more than just big stats.
Teamwork is a no-show in Wolves' loss to Miami

Teamwork is a no-show in Wolves' loss to Miami

Following an 18-point defeat, Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau reminded his team that an effort like Friday's won't do in the stretch run.
Wolves notes: Injuries in key spots place greater demands on reserves

Wolves notes: Injuries in key spots place greater demands on reserves

With Nemanja Bjelica and quite possibly recently signed Lance Stephenson done for the year the Wolves are looking at all options.
Wolves forward Bjelica out for the season with foot injury

Wolves forward Bjelica out for the season with foot injury

Just when he seemed to find his way, Timberwolves forward Nemanja Bjelica will miss the rest of the season because of a foot injury sustained Wednesday at Boston.
Rubio wants Wolves to win, not showy stats for himself

Rubio wants Wolves to win, not showy stats for himself

Ricky Rubio has picked up triple-double, a career-high 19 assist game and a 16.3-point average over the past six games but the Wolves are 3-3 in that stretch.
Boston takes control after halftime over error-prone Wolves

Boston takes control after halftime over error-prone Wolves

The Wolves were soundly beaten by the Celtics in another loss they can't afford with the regular season winding down.
Wolves can't afford too many more losses in playoff battle

Wolves can't afford too many more losses in playoff battle

With just 17 games left, they must hop three teams and gain 3½ games in the standings.
Wolves broadcaster Petersen hoping to be at son's NCAA game

Wolves broadcaster Petersen hoping to be at son's NCAA game

With Jim Petersen set to broadcast Wolves' games Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, he's hoping Northwestern gets a Thursday-Saturday schedule so he can watch Sanjay Lumpkin play.
Wolves fall to another of league's hot young teams in Milwaukee

Wolves fall to another of league's hot young teams in Milwaukee

The Wolves lost for just the second time in six games and the third time in nine games to a Bucks team that now has won six consecutive games,
NBA Insider: Thibodeau, Brooks take the long way around

NBA Insider: Thibodeau, Brooks take the long way around

If the apples really don't fall far from the tree, you could say the two men who will coach Monday at Target Center are something of a pair.
Andrew Wiggins' late free throws help Wolves stun Golden State

Andrew Wiggins' late free throws help Wolves stun Golden State

The star forward hit two free throws with 12.8 seconds left to negate a Golden State rally.
Stephen Curry passes his father, Dell, in career scoring

Stephen Curry passes his father, Dell, in career scoring

Golden State superstar Stephen Curry surpassed his father in NBA career points scored with a three-pointer in the third quarter of Friday's game against…
'Playing with confidence' leads revived Wolves past Clippers by 16

'Playing with confidence' leads revived Wolves past Clippers by 16

Karl-Anthony Towns' 29-point, 14-rebound night was his 18th consecutive 20-point game and his 100th career double-double, helping the Wolves for the seventh time in 11 games.
Wolves notes: Payne returns after health scare

Wolves notes: Payne returns after health scare

A condition called thrombocytopenia - a platelets deficiency that causes internal bleeding, bruising and slow clotting - caused Adreian Payne to miss 13 games.
Wolves' Dieng trying to find groove without LaVine

Wolves' Dieng trying to find groove without LaVine

Center tries to adjust his game with key floor partner out because of injury.
Numbers don't add up to Rubio's satisfaction in Wolves' loss to Spurs

Numbers don't add up to Rubio's satisfaction in Wolves' loss to Spurs

When the Spurs ratcheted their defense as a team with the NBA's second-best record can, they forced the Wolves into too many mistakes to hold their lead.
Spurs clamp down, and use overtime to turn away Wolves

Spurs clamp down, and use overtime to turn away Wolves

Kawhi Leonard's big fourth-quarter helped push the game to overtime, in which the Spurs doubled-up the Wolves 14-7. "They keep doing what they're doing and in the end, they've gotcha," Ricky Rubio said.
Thibodeau likes steps NBA is taking to improve officiating

Thibodeau likes steps NBA is taking to improve officiating

"Ours is a hard game to officiate, it really is," Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau said.
Jones-Dunn backcourt provides heightened impact off Wolves bench

Jones-Dunn backcourt provides heightened impact off Wolves bench

Tom Thibodeau likes how pairing of smaller guards Tyus Jones and Kris Dunn has worked.
Wolves stomp division-leading Utah on the road by 27 points

Wolves stomp division-leading Utah on the road by 27 points

The same team that allowed Houston 58 three-point attempts and 142 points just four nights earlier has also held Chicago, Sacramento, Dallas and now the Jazz under 90 points in recent games.
Jazz provides Wolves a 'right way' blueprint to follow

Jazz provides Wolves a 'right way' blueprint to follow

Tom Thibodeau visited Utah during his year's coaching sabbatical a season ago, studying a Jazz franchise that's a model for his team.
With loss of LaVine, Big Three has become Big Two for Wolves

With loss of LaVine, Big Three has become Big Two for Wolves

In 10 games since the Wolves' three young stars became two, Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns together have averaged nearly 60 points a game while shooting better than 56 percent.
Much like Kings owner, Wolves' Thibodeau impressed by Hield

Much like Kings owner, Wolves' Thibodeau impressed by Hield

Rookie guard Buddy Hield suited up for Sacramento on Monday, nine days after becoming one of the featured pieces in an unexpected trade that sent DeMarcus Cousins to the Pelicans.
Wolves dominate Kings in 'double game' for playoff chase

Wolves dominate Kings in 'double game' for playoff chase

The Wolves trail Denver by 2½ games and Sacramento by one for the final playoff spot in the West. But they must catch Portland and Dallas as well in the season's final six weeks.
'Extra mad' Towns hits weights after monster night doesn't lead to victory

'Extra mad' Towns hits weights after monster night doesn't lead to victory

Karl-Anthony Towns had 37 points and 22 rebounds but was frustrated after the turnover-prone Wolves gave up 142 points to the Houston Rockets.
Trade rumors didn't seem to hurt Rubio's game at all

Trade rumors didn't seem to hurt Rubio's game at all

Ricky Rubio moved beyond Thursday's eventful trade deadline from which nothing occurred with a huge game Friday. He followed that up with a 14-point, 11-assist effort Saturday.
'We have feelings.' Trade rumors felt different to Rubio this time

'We have feelings.' Trade rumors felt different to Rubio this time

Veteran point guard Ricky Rubio is used to trade rumors, but these seemed more intense. "I mean, we're professionals, but we're human beings, too," Rubio said.
Thibodeau 'happy with the team we have'; trade deadline passes

Thibodeau 'happy with the team we have'; trade deadline passes

The NBA trade deadline passed at 2 p.m. without any trade announcement from the Timberwolves.
ESPN report says Wolves have asked Knicks about Derrick Rose

ESPN report says Wolves have asked Knicks about Derrick Rose

Rose played for Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau in Chicago for five seasons, and his contract with this season's $21.3 million salary expires this summer.
Wolves' Wiggins pushes hard to achieve All-Star status

Wolves' Wiggins pushes hard to achieve All-Star status

Andrew Wiggins isn't an All-Star this season, but he has scored at least 20 points in 15 consecutive games. "The individual [award] stuff comes when your team does well," coach Tom Thibodeau said.
Another 40-point game for Wiggins, this time in a Wolves win

Another 40-point game for Wiggins, this time in a Wolves win

Andrew Wiggins backed up Tuesday's 41-point night against Cleveland with a 40-point game on 15-for-26 shooting at Pepsi Center.
After injury, Lance Stephenson's fate with Wolves uncertain

After injury, Lance Stephenson's fate with Wolves uncertain

Nursing a grade 2 ankle sprain, Lance Stephenson did not accompany the Wolves to Denver for Wednesday's game, which was the final one on the 10-day contract he signed last week.
Wiggins scores 41, but Wolves still can't beat Cleveland

Wiggins scores 41, but Wolves still can't beat Cleveland

Andrew Wiggins has averaged 29.8 points in five games against the Cavaliers during his career. But the Wolves have lost all of them.

With Love out, James says 'I'll rest when I retire'

While expressing empathy for injured teammate Kevin Love (out six weeks), LeBron James made it clear his back is broad and his legs still sturdy.
LeBron might get another earful from Wolves' Stephenson

LeBron might get another earful from Wolves' Stephenson

The Wolves' Lance Stephenson once faced the game's greatest active player, LeBron James, in three consecutive 2014 playoff games when Stephenson played for Indiana.
Zach LaVine's ACL surgery set for Tuesday in Los Angeles

Zach LaVine's ACL surgery set for Tuesday in Los Angeles

LaVine will have his torn anterior cruciate ligament repaired at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in collaboration with Wolves team orthopedic surgeon Diane Dahm
28-point blowout gives Wolves, Thibodeau season sweep over Bulls

28-point blowout gives Wolves, Thibodeau season sweep over Bulls

Minnesota doubled-up the Bulls 34-17 in the first quarter and rolled from there over Chicago but coach Tom Thibodeau downplayed the significance.
Pelicans, Anthony Davis demolish Wolves again

Pelicans, Anthony Davis demolish Wolves again

Behind Anthony Davis' 42 points, New Orleans was the latest to erase a big deficit.
Pelicans coach full of praise for Lance Stephenson

Pelicans coach full of praise for Lance Stephenson

Timberwolves guard Lance Stephenson's present met his recent past when his new team played host to New Orleans.
Stephenson, reserves help Timberwolves close out Raptors

Stephenson, reserves help Timberwolves close out Raptors

Lance Stephenson provided the "edge," Andrew Wiggins scored 31 points and Tyus Jones nailed a three-pointer with 19.5 seconds left to spark the Wolves.
New Wolves guard Lance Stephenson think's he's good fit

New Wolves guard Lance Stephenson think's he's good fit

New Timberwolves guard Lance Stephenson joined the team Wednesday and declared himself older, wiser and still only 26.
Stephenson signs with Wolves to fill need at wing

Stephenson signs with Wolves to fill need at wing

Lance Stephenson seeks a place to play and the Timberwolves need a wing player who can absorb missing minutes now that Zach LaVine's season is over.
Thibodeau lets loose on Wolves after fourth straight loss

Thibodeau lets loose on Wolves after fourth straight loss

Agitated Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau called for improvement after his team gave up 71 points to Miami and a late rally fell short. "Our best players have to lead," he said.
Rush working to fill Wolves' void left by LaVine

Rush working to fill Wolves' void left by LaVine

He replaces LaVine as starter in a reconfigured rotation where coach Tom Thib­odeau likely will play two point guards together and need Shabazz Muhammad to pick up LaVine's missing scoring with the team's second unit.
Wolves notes: Towns, LaVine won't defend All-Star weekend titles

Wolves notes: Towns, LaVine won't defend All-Star weekend titles

They have turned their eyes toward the upcoming All-Star weekend break and beyond, focused not on dunk and skills contests but staying fresh.
Morris, Leuer combine for 60 points for Detroit vs. Wolves

Morris, Leuer combine for 60 points for Detroit vs. Wolves

Marcus Morris made five three-pointers and scored 36 points and Orono's Jon Leuer chipped in 24 to lead the Pistons to victory Friday night.
Thibodeau, Wolves recall history at The Palace

Thibodeau, Wolves recall history at The Palace

The Wolves on Friday make their last visit to the home of the "Bad Boys" and a brawl.
Wiggins puts Cleveland connection behind him

Wiggins puts Cleveland connection behind him

"Minnesota put the ball in my hands as soon as I got there," Andrew Wiggins said, "and let me grow." Wiggins was drafted first overall by Cleveland in 2014 but later traded him.
Wolves blown out by Cleveland in worst loss of the season

Wolves blown out by Cleveland in worst loss of the season

The shorthanded Cavaliers still played with Kyrie Irving, Tristan Thompson and LeBron James, who helped Cleveland throttle the Wolves by 28 points.
Crunch topples KAT's dad in stunt gone wrong; Pacers topple Wolves

Crunch topples KAT's dad in stunt gone wrong; Pacers topple Wolves

Playing from behind all night, the Timberwolves could not answer Paul George's 32 points. Adding to the tough night: Wolves mascot Crunch ran into Karl-Anthony Towns Sr. during a stunt gone wrong.
Timberwolves' Zach LaVine bows out of slam-dunk contest

Timberwolves' Zach LaVine bows out of slam-dunk contest

Champion of the past two NBA All-Star slam-dunk contests, Timberwolves guard Zach LaVine won't defend his title and try for a third next month…
NBA All-Star status no worry for Towns

NBA All-Star status no worry for Towns

Both Karl-Anthony Towns and Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau said they won't spend much time or energy contemplating Towns' chances for the All-Star Game. Reserves are announced Thursday.
'That's my shot': Wiggins beats the buzzer for Wolves win in Phoenix

'That's my shot': Wiggins beats the buzzer for Wolves win in Phoenix

Andrew Wiggins missed one of two free throws with 12.1 seconds left but his desperation shot as the clock ticked out found the net.
Rubio returns 'as good' as he can be after grandmother's death

Rubio returns 'as good' as he can be after grandmother's death

Wolves guard Ricky Rubio played against the Clippers in Los Angeles on Thursday night and was back in Minneapolis late Sunday night after a trip home to Barcelona for his grandmother's funeral.
'Development' is key to Wolves buying Iowa D-League team

'Development' is key to Wolves buying Iowa D-League team

Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau calls having a D-League team close enough to the NBA club important because "it's not looked upon as a demotion, it's looked upon more as development."
Tyus Jones once again plays key role late in Wolves victory

Tyus Jones once again plays key role late in Wolves victory

The former Apple Valley star played the entire fourth quarter Thursday, sparking a comeback.
'On another level.' Towns scores 37 as Wolves rally past Clippers

'On another level.' Towns scores 37 as Wolves rally past Clippers

The Wolves scored 11 of the final 15 points and won a game decided by three points or less for the first time this season. Karl-Anthony Towns also had 12 rebounds.
Rubio ignoring trade rumors, misses second half with hip tightness

Rubio ignoring trade rumors, misses second half with hip tightness

"Just do what I do," he said. "My name or every name is going to be out there at some point, but you can only worry about things you can control. Right now, what I can control is playing my best and do what I've been doing."
Wolves receive passing grade in victory over Oklahoma City

Wolves receive passing grade in victory over Oklahoma City

The Wolves followed Ricky Rubio's lead - to the tune of 14 assists - to take down the Thunder for a third win in a row.
NBA 'bigs' are rare triple-double machines

NBA 'bigs' are rare triple-double machines

"You're seeing players who are extremely versatile and can impact the game in a lot of different ways," Thunder coach Billy Donovan said.
Despite frustration, Tyus Jones ready when called for Wolves

Despite frustration, Tyus Jones ready when called for Wolves

Backup point guard Tyus Jones has yet to play his way into coach Tom Thibodeau's rotation. For now, his goals include "helping out the team as much as possible" without getting regular playing time.
'You can learn how to win,' Mavs' Nowitzki say of Wolves

'You can learn how to win,' Mavs' Nowitzki say of Wolves

"You need some experience," Nowitzki said. "Sometimes you need to be a little fortunate, a couple bounces here and there. But experience usually plays a role in it."
Wolves leave Mavericks in last in the West

Wolves leave Mavericks in last in the West

Even after Zach LaVine hurt his hip and missed much of the fourth quarter, Minnesota managed to hold off Dallas and end a four-game losing streak.
Wiggins provides offense but Wolves' defense sputters in Washington

Wiggins provides offense but Wolves' defense sputters in Washington

Andrew Wiggins' 41 points were six points away from his career high, but they didn't keep the Wizards from pushing away in the game's final minutes.
Wolves notice speedy Wall is a blur with the ball

Wolves notice speedy Wall is a blur with the ball

"The fastest I've ever seen with a basketball in his hands is John Wall," Karl-Anthony Towns said before Friday's game at Washington.
Obama to visiting Wolves: 'Play better defense'

Obama to visiting Wolves: 'Play better defense'

In town to play the Wizards, the Timberwolves received a 90-minute tour of the White House and a meeting with President Obama. 'He's a cool dude,' Zach LaVine said.
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