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Jimmy Butler has practiced only four times with his Wolves teammates this preseason and did not appear in a preseason game. He won't have a minutes limit Wednesday at San Antonio.
Timberwolves' starters and subs alike need to zero in on curbing good shots. Minnesota finished the preseason 29th in opponent field-goal percentage, 26th in three-point-shooting defense and last in points allowed.
Josh Okogie and Keita Bates-Diop could make their NBA debuts on Wednesday in San Antonio.
Coach Tom Thibodeau said he expects Jimmy Butler to be in a Wolves uniform when the season opens. Butler, meanwhile, had a message for fans who may be displeased with him.
Friday's game vs. Oklahoma City at Target Center — the third of five on the preseason slate and the only one to be played in Minneapolis — featured a smattering of boos.
Less than 500 tickets remain for Lindsay Whalen's coaching debut. Tickets are being discounted as the Gophers take advantage of the buzz surrounding her hiring.
"It's nice to not have to do the sprints down and back," Lindsay Whalen said when asked the difference between being a player and a coach.
The office of the new women's basketball coach shows off past successes. She hopes keepsakes from future triumphs soon cover those walls.
Derrick Rose stayed with the Wolves shortly after free agency began in July because he's knows he'll get a good opportunity to play.
Anthony Tolliver set personal highs for three-pointers attempted (4.6) and made (2.0) per game while shooting 43.6 percent, seventh best in the league, for the Pistons last season.
Lynx coach and GM Cheryl Reeve reiterated in Friday's season-ending news conference that changes are coming. "Any phone call that comes, about anybody, you listen," she said.
The contracts for Lynx players Maya Moore, Seimone Augustus and Rebekkah Brunson all expire after this season. After a first-round playoff exit, it's clear things need to change.
The Associated Press WNBA awards were announced Tuesday, and there weren't a lot of surprises. Breanna Stewart of Seattle was named the Player of the…
"We want to fight to the end and send people off the way they should,'' Seimone Augustus said about what the Lynx want from the 2018 WNBA playoffs.
Before, during and after the game, Sunday night at Target Center belonged to Lindsay Whalen from the t-shirts worn by the Lynx to hitting the shot that put her team ahead for good in an 88-83 victory.
While others, including Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve were emotional, Lindsay Whalen made it clear that she was intent on celebrating her basketball career rather than ruing the fact that her playing days are about to end.
With injuries and age taking their toll on the Lynx, coach Cheryl Reeve essentially is trying to reshape her team, just days before the regular season ends.
How the Lynx played in beating Chicago on Tuesday gave coach Cheryl Reeve some fodder for making decisions about upcoming games.
Atlanta broke open a tie game in the second quarter with a 16-1 run and the Lynx never recovered in an 86-66 defeat at Target Center.
Now, more than ever, the Lynx have to hold serve on home court, with red-hot Atlanta up next. It will be the third game in four nights against a top-three WNBA team for the Lynx, just 8-5 at home this season.
The All-Star underwent an elective procedure, according to the team, and won't miss any playing time.
Saturday's WNBA All-Star Game was a showcase, ending on a high note with Lynx standout Maya Moore as MVP
Today's most talented WNBA players don't have to look to the NBA for on-court role models.
Maya Moore finds ways to elevate the Lynx even when her shot isn't falling.
Rebekkah Brunson, Diana Taurasi and Sue Bird hold the WNBA records for career rebounds, points and assists.
Maya Moore hit five of six free throws in the final 13.9 seconds to hold off the Liberty on a night when Lynx starters were pushed to the limit.
The WNBA's postseason format, rewarding the top two teams with byes while forcing others into one-and-done playoff games, adds extra importance to the Lynx' 10 remaining regular-season games.
Erlana Larkins made the most of her seven-day contract, and a second could be on the way.
Lindsay Whalen was initially thought to have a nose injury.
Maya Moore, Sylvia Fowles and Seimone Augustus will play in the July 28 All-Star Game at Target Center. But Moore said she wouldn't be a team captain.
After losing for the third time in four games and dropping to eighth place in the WNBA, coach Cheryl Reeve said the Lynx need to regain their will to win.
The Lynx have beaten Los Angeles, Dallas twice and first-place Seattle at home, but lost to last-place Indiana and under .500 Las Vegas, too.
Lindsay Whalen had 22 points - her first 20-point game since August of 2016 - but Sylvia Fowles and Maya Moore never got going and the Lynx never led after halftime against the Aces.
The Lynx host an improving Las Vegas team Friday at Target Center. That's followed by home games against Connecticut on Sunday and Indiana on Wednesday.
Minnesota is 3-7 when Maya Moore fails to score 20 and 5-7 when Sylvia Fowles scores under 20. In the six games neither has scored 20 the Lynx are 0-6.
Reeve was tossed with about seven minutes left, but Sylvia Fowles smoothed everything over with 27 points and nine rebounds and Rebekkah Brunson became the WNBA's career leading rebounder.
A team that had averaged 85.6 points during its seven-game winning streak posted its lowest total since June 2013 in a 71-59 loss to Indiana and its lowest total at home since 2010.
Minnesota drubbed by Indiana, the WNBA's worst team.
Coach Cheryl Reeve said the team is in "a good place," but can't afford to drop its guard against last-place Indiana.
Maya Moore scored 24 points and Sylvia Fowles added 13 points and 15 rebounds as the Lynx remained the hottest team in the WNBA
Thanks to a 32-point effort from Maya Moore and 28 from Sylvia Fowles, the Lynx have won five in a row after Tuesday night's 12-point victory at Target Center
There are still things that need to be worked on, but the Lynx barely resemble the team that got off to a 3-6 start and made fans wonder what was going so wrong.
Many draft analysts had Keita Bates-Diop going higher. Some had him as a first-round pick. Some even speculated he might land with the Wolves at No. 20.
Through 11 games, Lindsay Whalen and Danielle Robinson are pretty much even in playing time, with Robinson working hard to pick up the Lynx's system.
The Lynx led by 18 after three quarters before stumbling down the stretch but still picked up a win, which was the only statistic Cheryl Reeve was worried about despite reaching a milestone.
Cecilia Zandalasini's work on both ends of the court has coach Cheryl Reeve determined to find more playing time for her.
Sylvia Fowles had 25 points and nine rebounds and Maya Moore had 20 points, six rebounds and four assists to lead the Lynx, who played Saturday for the first time in a week.
Katie Smith, who won two titles in Detroit with Bill Laimbeer as her head coach and Cheryl Reeve as her assistant, has been discovering the joys and frustrations of being the one in charge.
Coach Cheryl Reeve believes the Lynx still have the players to finish near the top of the WNBA. But they'll need to once again answer the challenge of an improving league.
Gophers baseball coach John Anderson recalled the meeting he and his then-freshman class had in 2015 after a difficult series against Northwestern. Things had to change, he said.
Oregon State tied Saturday night's NCAA super regional game 3-3 in the eighth and scored three runs in the ninth to advance to next week's College World Series in Omaha.
Oregon State pitcher Luke Heimlich lasted into the ninth, limiting the Gophers to one run, and the Beavers offense ate up Minnesota early with back-to-back home runs.
Sophomore standout Eli Wilson reminds a lot of people, including Gophers coach John Anderson, of the catcher's father Dan.
Instead of a fourth trip to the White House — that invitation never came — the Lynx will attend a school in Washington, D.C., where they will give away socks and shoes and spread goodwill.
Terrin Vavra, a junior who was a first-team All-America this season, was the 96th overall selection.
Off to a 2-4 start, their worst since 2010, and having lost two of three games at home, the Lynx now go on the road for games at Los Angeles, Washington and Connecticut.
Phoenix had three players score 21 or more points as the Lynx dropped to 2-4 on the season and now head out on a three-game road trip
Despite divulging what the issues are that have led to the Lynx' 2-3 start, coach Cheryl Reeve was tight-lipped when asked why they're happening.
For a fan base — and a league — used to seeing the Lynx get off to great starts, it's a surprise to see the defending WNBA champions start the season with a 2-2 record.
Center Sylvia Fowles responded to playing against a bigger opponent with the first 20/20 performance in Lynx history as her team jumped to a huge lead and beat Dallas 76-68.
An enormous poster of Maya Moore graced downtown Minneapolis on Sunday, put up by Nike's Jordan Brand, that mimicked Michael Jordan's famous "Wings'' poster from 1989.
The Lynx didn't make use of a huge advantage on the inside in their season-opening loss to the Sparks. "How do you have that big an advantage and you can't exploit it?' coach Cheryl Reeve asked.
Pushed by Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve to be great, prodded by assistant coach James Wade in workouts before and after every practice, Sylvia Fowles went from very good to historically dominant last season.
The Lynx and Sparks have their last split 16 games (and the last two WNBA titles). "This has been awesome for women's basketball,'' Lynx guard Seimone Augustus said.
The Lynx kick off their 20th season with a rematch of the past two WNBA Finals.
The Star Tribune's Kent Youngblood lays out the case for what the team needs this season to succeed.
The Star Tribune's Kent Youngblood breaks down the WNBA entering the 2018 season.
The Lynx have reached the WNBA championship series six of the past seven years but have yet to win back-to-back. "We have a small, limited time to get it done," Seimone Augustus said.
Kizer left the team's final preseason game Saturday in the first half with a sacroiliac joint issue. Her return to action will depend on if she can play through the soreness.
Less scoring and more assists by the longest-standing member of the franchise helped fuel Sylvia Fowles' MVP year.
Tanisha Wright is one of the best defensive players of her generation. So perhaps what the Lynx did to acquire her should be called a full-court press.
Both players are coming off confidence-boosting stints in Europe, and hoping they'll get more minutes during the 2018 season, which begins May 20.
Sunday in Des Moines the Lynx turned the ball over 15 times while making 14 baskets in the first half.
Lindsay Whalen went from seriously considering retiring from the Lynx to becoming one of the busiest women in Minnesota when she decided to keep playing -- and was named coach of the Gophers.
Point guard Danielle Robinson scored 18 points in 22 minutes and Tanisha Wright showed her defensive skills in a preseason loss to Washington that featured the Lynx' new bench.
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