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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
Recent content from Jerry Zgoda
Wiggins doing more of everything after early-season doldrums

Wiggins doing more of everything after early-season doldrums

Once mired in a scoring slump that left him often invisible less, Andrew Wiggins has since provided many of the things that his coach wants -- and his shooting touch is back.
Wolves dominate Thunder in 'more than just another game'

Wolves dominate Thunder in 'more than just another game'

The Timberwolves won both the game and their season series against Western Conference rival Oklahoma City, accomplishments that could pay dividends for the postseason.
Teague returns to starting lineup for Timberwolves

Teague returns to starting lineup for Timberwolves

Jeff Teague missed seven games after Denver's Will Barton fell on his leg in an overtime victory two weeks ago. He played 26 minutes against Oklahoma City, finishing with eight points and three assists.
Wolves guard Teague might play Wednesday vs. Oklahoma City

Wolves guard Teague might play Wednesday vs. Oklahoma City

After practicing Tuesday, The Wolves upgraded guard Jeff Teague from out to questionable for Wednesday's game in their injury report. Teague has missed seven games with a sprained MCL.
Wolves take a stand, dominate Cleveland in 28-point victory

Wolves take a stand, dominate Cleveland in 28-point victory

LeBron James' introduction to retooled Wolves came on a night when the Wolves raced to an early lead and led the Cavaliers by as many as 41 points.,
Crawford chose Wolves over Cavs before Thomas deal

Crawford chose Wolves over Cavs before Thomas deal

All that likely would have changed had the Cavaliers' trade that sent Kyrie Irving to Boston for Isaiah Thomas happened in early July rather than late August.
Karl-Anthony Towns: Seeking change on and off the court

Karl-Anthony Towns: Seeking change on and off the court

The son of a Dominican nurse and a New Jersey basketball coach, 22-year-old Towns intends to push barriers, whether it's redefining what all a basketball big man can be or by speaking out on racism and other issues.
NBA insider: Wolves, fans endure the growing pains of winning

NBA insider: Wolves, fans endure the growing pains of winning

It's January, 50 wins remain viable and Friday's loss at Boston was the Wolves' first consecutively in nearly seven weeks.
Bounces, weather don't go Wolves' way in loss to Boston

Bounces, weather don't go Wolves' way in loss to Boston

Battling a winter storm and a team with comeback aspirations in Boston, the Wolves lost back-to-back games for the first time since before Thanksgiving.
Jones hurting over Wolves' loss to Nets and split lip

Jones hurting over Wolves' loss to Nets and split lip

"That stung pretty bad," Wolves guard Tyus Jones said Thursday, a day after Minnesota lost at Brooklyn and Jones received stitches in his mouth.
Brooklyn goes deep, again and again, to beat 'low-energy' Wolves

Brooklyn goes deep, again and again, to beat 'low-energy' Wolves

The Wolves didn't bring the fire that marked their last two victories and were outscored 42-3 on three-pointers in losing for the second time in nine games.
Gibson comes home to Brooklyn wearing No. 67 Wolves jersey

Gibson comes home to Brooklyn wearing No. 67 Wolves jersey

Wolves forward Taj Gibson wore his No. 67 jersey into Brooklyn's Barclays Center on Wednesday night for the first time since he decided last summer to become the first player ever to wear that number.
Towns shows his potential on defense with six blocks

Towns shows his potential on defense with six blocks

Karl-Anthony Towns' league-leading 29th double-double this season — 18 points, 14 rebounds Sunday night — is old news. His activity defending the rim is something of a revelation
Wolves' Teague laments lost chance to play at his home in Indianapolis

Wolves' Teague laments lost chance to play at his home in Indianapolis

Jeff Teague's second game missed with an MCL sprain will be a New Year's Eve game Sunday in his hometown against a Pacers team for which he played last season.
With Teague out, Jones takes over at point guard again for Wolves

With Teague out, Jones takes over at point guard again for Wolves

He's a starter for the second time this season. In an instant, Tyus Jones went from playing between 10 and 16 minutes a night as a backup to as many as 41½ minutes at New Orleans.
Wolves' Teague has sprained left knee, no structural damage

Wolves' Teague has sprained left knee, no structural damage

Timberwolves veteran guard Jeff Teague was injured late in regulation during Wednesday's overtime victory vs. Denver.
Not this time: Wolves go cold after hot start in Milwaukee

Not this time: Wolves go cold after hot start in Milwaukee

The Wolves on Thursday led by 20 with under eight minutes to play in the third quarter but allowed the Bucks to mount a comeback, ending a five-game winning streak.
Butler, Gibson strengthening core of Timberwolves

Butler, Gibson strengthening core of Timberwolves

Wolves newcomers Butler, Gibson wield a work ethic that's catching on with the rest of the team.
Nemanja Bjelica returns to Wolves lineup after missing 15 games

Nemanja Bjelica returns to Wolves lineup after missing 15 games

He played 5:45 without scoring a point in his first game since Nov. 22.
Feeling holiday cheer, Wolves turn it on in fourth quarter to top Lakers

Feeling holiday cheer, Wolves turn it on in fourth quarter to top Lakers

They blew away the shorthanded Lakers with 38 points in the final period, securing their fourth victory in a row.
Irreverent TNT crew will call Wolves-Lakers game tonight

Irreverent TNT crew will call Wolves-Lakers game tonight

Does Turner Sports have enough microphones to accommodate Charles Barkley, Shaquille O'Neal, Kenny Smith and ringmaster Ernie Johnson?
Butler savors win; coach savors Butler

Butler savors win; coach savors Butler

The star guard scored 20 of his 32 points in the second half in the Wolves' victory over the Suns, causing coach Tom Thibodeau to say: "Jimmy Butler was not going to let us lose that game."
Butler, Crawford turn up the defense in Wolves victories

Butler, Crawford turn up the defense in Wolves victories

Just when their season's momentum teetered, the Timberwolves won consecutive games and maybe delivered a message as well.
Jimmy Butler takes over late to lead Wolves to 112-104 win over Denver

Jimmy Butler takes over late to lead Wolves to 112-104 win over Denver

Jimmy Butler was unstoppable down the stretch, scoring eight points in the final 90 seconds.
Wolves' Jimmy Butler starts asserting himself on offense

Wolves' Jimmy Butler starts asserting himself on offense

Deferring no more, Butler is playing in December just like the guy Tom Thibodeau once coached in Chicago.

Thibodeau adds Georges-Hunt to Wolves' thin rotation

Tom Thibodeau adjusted his rotation Thursday for the first time since he went essentially with a three-man bench these past two weeks.
Towns' monster game leads Wolves over Sacramento

Towns' monster game leads Wolves over Sacramento

Karl-Anthony Towns turned in a 30-point, 14-rebound, five-assist, five-block game on a night when the Wolves led by as many as 27 points.
Butler: 'We need to get in better shape if we're tired'

Butler: 'We need to get in better shape if we're tired'

Karl-Anthony Towns, Jimmy Butler and Andrew Wiggins all played 40 minutes or more in Tuesday's overtime loss; Taj Gibson almost did before fouling out.
Towns blames himself as Wolves squander lead, lose to Sixers in OT

Towns blames himself as Wolves squander lead, lose to Sixers in OT

Karl-Anthony Towns was upset about being unable to stop Philadelphia star Joel Embiid late in the game, which helped waste a 38-point night by Jimmy Butler.
After years of woe, pieces falling into place for 76ers

After years of woe, pieces falling into place for 76ers

The league's laughingstock not so long ago while they accumulated both draft picks and losses galore, the Sixers are must-see TV and play the Wolves in an ESPN game tonight.
Similarities striking between rebuild jobs by Wolves, 76ers

Similarities striking between rebuild jobs by Wolves, 76ers

Each team has been remade around a pair of young stars and a handful of added veterans.
'Definitely frustrating': Suddenly, Muhammad's not playing for Wolves

'Definitely frustrating': Suddenly, Muhammad's not playing for Wolves

After returning to team as a free agent, veteran Wolves reserve forward Shabazz Muhammad has fallen out of favor with coach Tom Thibodeau. "It's definitely frustrating," Muhammad said, adding he'll stay professional.
Sweet movement: Towns gets his looks when it's the right call

Sweet movement: Towns gets his looks when it's the right call

Against the Clippers on Wednesday, Karl-Anthony Towns used his mobility to create and make baskets - because the right opportunity was there.
Towns has big night as Wolves hold off fourth-quarter push by Clippers

Towns has big night as Wolves hold off fourth-quarter push by Clippers

The Wolves led by as many as 19 points after halftime before using a pair of blocked shots in the closing minutes from Karl-Anthony Towns to help seal a close victory.
Whalen gets on other side of mic with Wolves' TV broadcast team

Whalen gets on other side of mic with Wolves' TV broadcast team

Lynx guard Lindsay Whalen on Wednesday joined Wolves play-by-play announcer Dave Benz and analyst Jim Petersen for the first of eight games.
Butler's 20-point 4th quarter saves Wolves vs. Clippers

Butler's 20-point 4th quarter saves Wolves vs. Clippers

Jimmy Butler on Sunday scored 20 of his 33 points in the final quarter, ensuring a 112-106 victory at Target Center.
Healing Wolves rookie center Justin Patton headed for Iowa for his version of training camp

Healing Wolves rookie center Justin Patton headed for Iowa for his version of training camp

The Timberwolves assigned healing rookie center Justin Patton to their Iowa team in the G League on Sunday, a move Wolves coach Tom…
Oklahoma City finally overcomes Wolves

Oklahoma City finally overcomes Wolves

Steven Adams was perfect, but the Wolves weren't so much in their first loss in three games vs. the Thunder.
Despite loss, Wolves have owned Western opponents

Despite loss, Wolves have owned Western opponents

The Wolves fell to 10-4 against Western Conference opponents.
Wolves point guard Jones steps in, steps up for injured Teague

Wolves point guard Jones steps in, steps up for injured Teague

Tyus Jones started his third consecutive game for Jeff Teague — the first three starts of his NBA career — Wednesday against the Pelicans, and thrived.
'No comment by me.' Towns keeping quiet about foul calls

'No comment by me.' Towns keeping quiet about foul calls

On Wednesday, three of Karl-Anthony Towns' five fouls were charging calls and another was for setting an illegal screen.
Wolves balanced effort conquers New Orleans after Pelicans star ejected

Wolves balanced effort conquers New Orleans after Pelicans star ejected

Seven Wolves players scored in double figures, led by Andrew Wiggins' 28 points, against a Pelicans team missing star Anthony Davis for more than half of the game.
Wolves' Gibson: No fool to do the dirty work

Wolves' Gibson: No fool to do the dirty work

According to coach Tom Thibodeau, Gibson has added a quality of which no Wolves team in the past decade or more has been accused: Toughness
Wolves defeat Phoenix as Tyus Jones make first NBA start

Wolves defeat Phoenix as Tyus Jones make first NBA start

Karl-Anthony Towns scored 32 points and Jimmy Butler added 25, while Tyus Jones replaced injured Jeff Teague in the starting lineup.
On the ball: Jones has seven steals in first Timberwolves start

On the ball: Jones has seven steals in first Timberwolves start

Timberwolves third-year point guard Tyus Jones waited 116 NBA games before he made his first career start Sunday at home in Target Center.
Wolves annoyed by defensive lapses

Wolves annoyed by defensive lapses

"We haven't guarded anybody all year long," Jimmy Butler said.
Still a 'work in progress,' Wolves look to avoid first three-game skid

Still a 'work in progress,' Wolves look to avoid first three-game skid

The Wolves have lost consecutive games twice this season, resoundingly to Indiana and Detroit on back-to-back nights in the season's second week and again on consecutive nights this week.
Wolves stung by Hornets for second consecutive loss

Wolves stung by Hornets for second consecutive loss

The Wolves lost to a Hornets team they beat by 18 points at home two weeks ago after they couldn't stop Charlotte's big men.
Towns is NBA Western Conference player of the week

Towns is NBA Western Conference player of the week

Towns won the weekly award for the third time in his young career after he averaged 20.3 and 12.3 rebounds last week.
Wolves notes: Dieng embarks on another durability streak

Wolves notes: Dieng embarks on another durability streak

Gorgui Dieng is back at the beginning after he missed three consecutive games, ending a streak of 175 straight, because of a sprained index finger on his shooting hand.
Wolves' Butler isn't bothered by missing shots

Wolves' Butler isn't bothered by missing shots

In four games leading to Friday's game against the Mavericks, Timberwolves star guard Jimmy Butler shot 18-for-54 from the field.
Wolves turn around 'lackadaisical' first half, rout Mavericks in second

Wolves turn around 'lackadaisical' first half, rout Mavericks in second

The Wolves trailed the two-win Mavericks by as many as 14 points before a strong second half.
On 22nd birthday, Towns' statistics put him among some NBA greats

On 22nd birthday, Towns' statistics put him among some NBA greats

Statistically, Karl-Anthony Towns has compiled points, rebounds and more at a pace that rivals LeBron, Shaq, Kobe and some of the other greats of the NBA.
Jazz coach Quin Snyder not worrying about Ricky Rubio's shot

Jazz coach Quin Snyder not worrying about Ricky Rubio's shot

Rubio is averaging 14.5 points on 38 percent shooting (28 percent from three-point range), 5.8 assists and 4.1 rebounds.
Teague dominates Rubio as Wolves use strong start to race past Utah

Teague dominates Rubio as Wolves use strong start to race past Utah

Former Wolves point guard Ricky Rubio was held to three points and two assists, and the Wolves took advantage of the Jazz playing without star center Rudy Gobert.
Any way you look at it, Wolves struggle down the stretch

Any way you look at it, Wolves struggle down the stretch

Did the Wolves allow a deciding 14-0 run in a loss to Phoenix because they didn't score a point for four minutes or because they couldn't defend the Suns?
Opportunity disappears for Timberwolves in final moments

Opportunity disappears for Timberwolves in final moments

The Suns scored 14 points in a row late in the game, running past the Wolves.
Wiggins' youth exploits recalled by a fellow Canadian

Wiggins' youth exploits recalled by a fellow Canadian

Phoenix interim head coach Jay Triano well knows the basketball history of his country.
Buckets, not dimes: Butler vows to take on a scoring burden

Buckets, not dimes: Butler vows to take on a scoring burden

After distributing the ball to teammates in the Wolves' 7-4 start, Jimmy Butler said he'll start to take more shots.
Timberwolves eager to regroup after being 'humbled' by Golden State

Timberwolves eager to regroup after being 'humbled' by Golden State

Coach Tom Thibodeau kept his starters on the court even after the game's outcome was no longer in doubt. He had a couple of reasons for that strategy on a night when his team fell apart in the second half.
Wolves learn how far they need to go in lopsided loss to Warriors

Wolves learn how far they need to go in lopsided loss to Warriors

After trailing by only one at halftime, the Wolves were demolished when the defending NBA champions, playing without superstar Kevin Durant, scored 44 points in the third quarter.
Team first: Butler's scoring takes big hit as Wolves roll up wins

Team first: Butler's scoring takes big hit as Wolves roll up wins

"As we're winning I don't give a damn what my stats are. I think winning makes everybody happy," Jimmy Butler said after 10 games with his new team.
Timberwolves back-to-back home games a rarity

Timberwolves back-to-back home games a rarity

This weekend is the only time this season the Wolves play home games on consecutive nights.
Asia becomes a player in the NBA

Asia becomes a player in the NBA

Financial might and fan interest continue to rise, Jerry Zgoda writes in his Sunday NBA Insider.
'It's not easy': Dieng adjusting to lesser role with remade Wolves

'It's not easy': Dieng adjusting to lesser role with remade Wolves

Gorgui Dieng admits he has struggled to find the same kind of efficiency and production that he had as a starter for the Wolves last season.
Thibodeau isn't happy, but Wolves win another close one

Thibodeau isn't happy, but Wolves win another close one

A Timberwolves team that seemingly couldn't win a close game last season now can't lose one. For the fifth time already this season, the Wolves persevered in the final minute.
Game 7s memorable to Wolves' Thibodeau, Crawford

Game 7s memorable to Wolves' Thibodeau, Crawford

Tom Thibodeau and Jamal Crawford have combined to be part of 11 Game 7s in their NBA careers.
Teague gets his hands moving, steals spotlight for Wolves

Teague gets his hands moving, steals spotlight for Wolves

Jeff Teague's performance in Monday's 125-122 overtime victory at Miami apparently included thievery beyond the six steals.
Thibodeau waiting to see more from Wolves' second unit

Thibodeau waiting to see more from Wolves' second unit

The coach believed he'd improved the team's bench in the offseason, but he's still waiting to see more results.
Wolves take a punch, recover to beat the Heat in overtime

Wolves take a punch, recover to beat the Heat in overtime

Miami rallied to tie the game at the end of regulation time and then fell just short during a last-minute comeback try in overtime.
Butler shares (nasty) details of illness, but ready to play

Butler shares (nasty) details of illness, but ready to play

Jimmy Butler discussed in gory detail the upper respiratory illness that kept him out of two games.
Wolves must take hard look at themselves after two lopsided losses

Wolves must take hard look at themselves after two lopsided losses

At least two Timberwolves players, Karl-Anthony Towns and Shabazz Muhammad, admit they are not playing well as the team has slogged through back-to-back stinkers.
Wolves' 18-year vet Crawford adjusts to Detroit's new arena

Wolves' 18-year vet Crawford adjusts to Detroit's new arena

Jamal Crawford visited the Pistons' former Palace of Auburn Hills his first 17 seasons and Wednesday got his first look at the Pistons' new home in downtown Detroit.
'We've lost our way a little bit': Wolves humbled in another blowout loss

'We've lost our way a little bit': Wolves humbled in another blowout loss

The Wolves started the season 2-1 against three of the Western Conference's top teams and have lost their last two by lopsided scores to lesser Eastern Conference squads.
NBA: Refs missed illegal screen, time-out call before Wiggins' game-winner

NBA: Refs missed illegal screen, time-out call before Wiggins' game-winner

Tuesday, the NBA deemed two officiating errors were made against the Thunder in the Sunday's final five seconds.
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