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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.
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.
The NBA trade deadline passed at 2 p.m. without any trade announcement from the Timberwolves.
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.
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.
Andrew Wiggins backed up Tuesday's 41-point night against Cleveland with a 40-point game on 15-for-26 shooting at Pepsi Center.
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.
Andrew Wiggins has averaged 29.8 points in five games against the Cavaliers during his career. But the Wolves have lost all of them.
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.
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.
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
Minnesota doubled-up the Bulls 34-17 in the first quarter and rolled from there over Chicago but coach Tom Thibodeau downplayed the significance.
Behind Anthony Davis' 42 points, New Orleans was the latest to erase a big deficit.
Timberwolves guard Lance Stephenson's present met his recent past when his new team played host to New Orleans.
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 Timberwolves guard Lance Stephenson joined the team Wednesday and declared himself older, wiser and still only 26.
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.
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.
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.
They have turned their eyes toward the upcoming All-Star weekend break and beyond, focused not on dunk and skills contests but staying fresh.
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.
The Wolves on Friday make their last visit to the home of the "Bad Boys" and a brawl.
"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.
The shorthanded Cavaliers still played with Kyrie Irving, Tristan Thompson and LeBron James, who helped Cleveland throttle the Wolves by 28 points.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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."
The former Apple Valley star played the entire fourth quarter Thursday, sparking a comeback.
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.
"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."
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.
"You're seeing players who are extremely versatile and can impact the game in a lot of different ways," Thunder coach Billy Donovan said.
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 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."
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.
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.
"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.
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.
Until Tuesday's near comeback from a 26-point deficit, Karl-Anthony Towns seldom defended the opposing team's best big man for meaningful minutes.
Embiid entered Tuesday's game averaging 18.9 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.4 blocked shot while playing fewer than 25 minutes a game. He scored 25 points with eight rebounds, three assists and two blocks Tuesday.
Minnesota rallied from 26 points down to tie the score on a Ricky Rubio three-pointer with 1.6 seconds left, only to lose.
Offseason pickups Jordan Hill, Brandon Rush seeing opportunities sparse in Wolves' mix.
CJ McCollum scored 43 points, 31 of them through the first three quarters for a Blazers team that won for just the third time in its last 14 games.
The Timberwolves brought unrestricted free-agent Donatas Motiejunas to town for a look but never got their chance to act before he reached a deal with New Orleans.
They question the worth of the league's review of the last two minutes.
Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau has been impressed by the growth of Karl-Anthony Towns' vision and unselfishness that led to his first career triple-double Wednesday night.
The Wolves had three justifiable choices for the fifth pick in the NBA's June draft. Two of them met Wednesday night in Denver.
Despite 15 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists from Karl-Anthony Towns the Timberwolves didn't have enough at the end to catch the Nuggets.
The Wolves center has played on Dec. 25 each season of his NBA career.
The Thunder's one-man wrecking crew didn't have a triple-double, but he spoiled the Wolves' Christmas debut nonetheless.
The Wolves are among the 10 chosen teams for Christmas Day primarily because of what young stars Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins and Zach LaVine someday will be, not what they are just now.
Coach Tom Thibodeau was all smiles after his team's back-to-back victories.
Ricky Rubio is growing more comfortable in a Wolves system where he often is in a corner without the ball so Andrew Wiggins can use his size and scoring ability to create mismatches.
This will be Hawks center Mike Muscala's first Christmas back home in Roseville since he played at Bucknell four seasons ago.
"It's all about improvement," the Wolves coach said before Monday's game against Phoenix. "Each and every day, do the right things."
Minnesota's trio of talented 21-year-old stars — Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins and Zach LaVine — combined to score 77 points.
The offensive-minded guard played a strong two-way game vs. Chicago.
Only four Bulls players — most notably veterans Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson — remain from when Thibodeau last coached the team only 19 months ago.
The Wolves gave coach Tom Thibodeau a big victory over his former team after trailing by 20 midway through the first quarter and 21 early in the second.
He returns Tuesday to United Center to face his former team for the first time since the Bulls fired him in May 2015, still as organized and perhaps as loud and hoarse as ever.
Golden State flexed its muscle in final quarter Sunday, outscoring the Wolves 38-20 to win the game and again avoid back-to-back losses - something that hasn't happened since April 2015.
The Golden State Warriors have determined just how to fit superstar Kevin Durant alongside Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.
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.
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