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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.
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.
Against the Clippers on Wednesday, Karl-Anthony Towns used his mobility to create and make baskets - because the right opportunity was there.
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.
Lynx guard Lindsay Whalen on Wednesday joined Wolves play-by-play announcer Dave Benz and analyst Jim Petersen for the first of eight games.
Jimmy Butler on Sunday scored 20 of his 33 points in the final quarter, ensuring a 112-106 victory at Target Center.
The Timberwolves assigned healing rookie center Justin Patton to their Iowa team in the G League on Sunday, a move Wolves coach Tom…
Steven Adams was perfect, but the Wolves weren't so much in their first loss in three games vs. the Thunder.
The Wolves fell to 10-4 against Western Conference opponents.
Tyus Jones started his third consecutive game for Jeff Teague — the first three starts of his NBA career — Wednesday against the Pelicans, and thrived.
On Wednesday, three of Karl-Anthony Towns' five fouls were charging calls and another was for setting an illegal screen.
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.
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
Karl-Anthony Towns scored 32 points and Jimmy Butler added 25, while Tyus Jones replaced injured Jeff Teague in the starting lineup.
Timberwolves third-year point guard Tyus Jones waited 116 NBA games before he made his first career start Sunday at home in Target Center.
"We haven't guarded anybody all year long," Jimmy Butler said.
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.
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 won the weekly award for the third time in his young career after he averaged 20.3 and 12.3 rebounds last week.
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.
In four games leading to Friday's game against the Mavericks, Timberwolves star guard Jimmy Butler shot 18-for-54 from the field.
The Wolves trailed the two-win Mavericks by as many as 14 points before a strong second half.
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.
Rubio is averaging 14.5 points on 38 percent shooting (28 percent from three-point range), 5.8 assists and 4.1 rebounds.
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.
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?
The Suns scored 14 points in a row late in the game, running past the Wolves.
Phoenix interim head coach Jay Triano well knows the basketball history of his country.
After distributing the ball to teammates in the Wolves' 7-4 start, Jimmy Butler said he'll start to take more shots.
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.
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.
"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.
This weekend is the only time this season the Wolves play home games on consecutive nights.
Financial might and fan interest continue to rise, Jerry Zgoda writes in his Sunday NBA Insider.
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.
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.
Tom Thibodeau and Jamal Crawford have combined to be part of 11 Game 7s in their NBA careers.
Jeff Teague's performance in Monday's 125-122 overtime victory at Miami apparently included thievery beyond the six steals.
The coach believed he'd improved the team's bench in the offseason, but he's still waiting to see more results.
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.
Jimmy Butler discussed in gory detail the upper respiratory illness that kept him out of two games.
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.
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.
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.
Tuesday, the NBA deemed two officiating errors were made against the Thunder in the Sunday's final five seconds.
Former Timberwolves star Ricky Rubio came “home” Friday to a newly remodeled Target Center he almost didn’t recognize and to an introductory ovation that…
On Friday night, Rubio brings the Jazz to a freshly remodeled Target Center he might not quite recognize in a reunion with a Wolves team playing its home opener.
Debuting three new starters and six new faces on the opening night roster, the Wolves trailed by as many 13 points and couldn't hold a one-point lead with five minutes remaining.
Jimmy Butler looked away when television replays showed Gordon Hayward's gruesome leg injury fewer than six minutes into his Celtics career Tuesday in Cleveland.
Here's the answers to what you're wondering about as the Wolves prepare to open the season.
With trades and free-agent signings bringing more star power and maturity, will the Wolves perpetual future finally yield to a winning present? The answer will begin to come into focus during Wednesday's season-opener.
The Wolves' draft-night trade with Chicago for three-time All-Star Jimmy Butler was the first thunderbolt transaction in a dizzying summer.
Tom Thibodeau now has the pieces to push the tempo.
After an up-and down first year, Marcus Georges-Hunt wants to show the Wolves what he can do as a Tom Thibodeau-approved "3-and-D" player.
After Tuesday's workout, coach Tom Thibodeau called for a need to return to fundamentals in the team's first practice after its trip to China.
When John Lucas III turned down a couple of other opportunities and returned to the Wolves, he said he did so to work with Tom Thibodeau.
Three four former Bulls pklayers and an assistant coach give the Wolves a group who already know Tom Thibodeau, his strategy and his temperament very well.
Wolves pickup Jimmy Butler excels at what the team need most — clutch plays.
Taj Gibson, 32, went back into the gym last summer to expand his game. His goal was to add a three-point shot to his repertoire.
Former Gopher Lindsay Whalen's hustling, sprawling play in her old home helped propel the Lynx to another WNBA title.
Rebekkah Brunson's 18-point, 13-rebound performance in Game 4 outdid herself in the Lynx's two Finals losses by 10 points and eight rebounds. "This was it for us," she said.
Taj Gibson's presence alongside Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins gives the Wolves a more mobile defender who can counter the smaller lineup so prevalent in the NBA these days.
Shabazz Muhammad on Saturday played a team-high 29½ minutes and led the Wolves with a 22-point, six-rebound game in L.A.
The league's new labor deal expands rosters from 15 players to 17 and creates a pair of spots that limit a player to 45 days on an NBA roster.
Gorgui Dieng played three seasons for Rick Pitino at Louisville and won the 2013 NCAA title there. He's watched from afar while the second scandal in the past three years rocked his alma mater
Brian Dutcher, the longtime college assistant with Minnesota ties, is now San Diego State's head man.
Shabazz Muhammad said he has "no regret" the way things turned out, but called himself "obviously a little disappointed" that better contract offers didn't materialize.
The difference, according to Crawford: Thibodeau's meticulous nature, his preparation, perhaps even his single-mindedness.
The NBA has had a longtime rule that requires players, coaches and trainers to stand during the national anthem.
His absence has been noticed in the early days of the Wolves' San Diego training camp by those who know him best.
Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau said he will use the lengthy preseason trip to build team chemistry. All told, the team will be away form Minneapolis for 18 days.
Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins is due a five-year, $148 million contract and says he'll sign soon, and the money won't change him.
The remade Wolves roster begins training camp Saturday in San Diego, then jets to China for two preseason games vs. Golden State.
The third uniform was shown at a Los Angeles event where the team was repped by Karl-Anthony Towns.
The Timberwolves have plotted part of their future by reaching into their past, coming to an agreement with former Wolves player and current scout Scott Roth to coach the franchise's new Iowa team in the G League.
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