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Kent Youngblood

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Kent Youngblood is a general assignment reporter. He writes most often about the Timberwolves and Wild.
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Mixing it up: Tyus Jones giving Wolves chemistry off the bench

Mixing it up: Tyus Jones giving Wolves chemistry off the bench

One thing coach Tom Thibodeau is looking for is the ability of a player coming off the bench to work well with the starters.
Gophers women clobber VCU 108-63, improve to 3-0

Gophers women clobber VCU 108-63, improve to 3-0

Thirteen Gophers played, 10 scored, and five were in double figures. Highly touted freshman Destiny Pitts recorded her first double-double.
Towns keeps his promise: Wolves end three years of losing to Spurs

Towns keeps his promise: Wolves end three years of losing to Spurs

While getting their first victory over the Spurs in 13 tries, the Wolves showed depth, persistence and a good bit of defense down the stretch.

Wolves' Karl-Anthony Towns says NBA should rethink its marijuana ban

Wolves center Karl-Anthony Towns has a big stage and some weighty opinions. Put the two together and it can be pretty thought-provoking.On Wednesday, Towns'…
Stepping up: 7-3 Wolves measure themselves against Golden State

Stepping up: 7-3 Wolves measure themselves against Golden State

Wednesday's game at Golden State is a chance for the Wolves — who have won five in a row for the first time since January of 2009 — to prove they might be ready to run with the NBA's elite.
Wolves beat Hornets for longest winning streak in over eight years

Wolves beat Hornets for longest winning streak in over eight years

Sunday night, the Timberwolves closed out back-to-back home games with back-to-back wins. They were led by new point guard Jeff Teague, who had 18 points and 12 assists.
Second unit taking pressure off Wolves starters

Second unit taking pressure off Wolves starters

Last season, with less depth forcing more minutes onto the starters, the Timberwolves ranked dead last in the league in points off the bench (22.8).
Wolves to face Dallas with chance at four-game winning streak

Wolves to face Dallas with chance at four-game winning streak

Four-game streak would be first in nearly five years.
Wolves teammates want consistency in all areas from Towns

Wolves teammates want consistency in all areas from Towns

Once again, Friday against Oklahoma City, Karl-Anthony Towns showed how high the bar can be.
Wolves' Crawford is best at sixth-man role

Wolves' Crawford is best at sixth-man role

Jamal Crawford reached an impressive milestone last week in Detroit, becoming just the second player in the past 35 years to score 10,000 points off the bench.
Wiggins' buzzer-beater shows Wolves' new-found composure

Wiggins' buzzer-beater shows Wolves' new-found composure

"We have experience and veterans now,'' center Karl-Anthony Towns said. "And we are learning ways to win."
'He called game': Wiggins' last-second shot steals win from Thunder

'He called game': Wiggins' last-second shot steals win from Thunder

Andrew Wiggins' final shot, a straightaway 30-foot bank shot as time expired, capped a frenzied finish in which Oklahoma City had taken the lead seconds earlier on a three-pointer by Carmelo Anthony.
Wolves' Jamal Crawford just needs a little spark

Wolves' Jamal Crawford just needs a little spark

For Jamal Crawford, the key to getting into a zone can be as simple as a drive to the hoop.
George, Westbrook, Anthony part of Thunder's chemistry experiment

George, Westbrook, Anthony part of Thunder's chemistry experiment

Can three volume scorers coexist on one team?
Thibodeau asks Wolves for more three-point shots

Thibodeau asks Wolves for more three-point shots

The keys to that number growing, the coach said, are transition play, getting threes off offensive rebounds and executing out of double teams.
Healthy Bjelica looks to regain touch with Wolves

Healthy Bjelica looks to regain touch with Wolves

The best stretch of his NBA career ended last year when he injured a foot.
Renovated Target Center lures Wolves back for an encore workout

Renovated Target Center lures Wolves back for an encore workout

The newly renovated Target Center will make its official debut in Friday's home opener. But the players and coaches have had a good look at it.
Lynx say it: Drive for five is alive

Lynx say it: Drive for five is alive

All the starters will return, so Cheryl Reeve likes her team's chances for another title.
Un4gettable: Lynx beat L.A. in Game 5 for fourth WNBA title

Un4gettable: Lynx beat L.A. in Game 5 for fourth WNBA title

Leading from start to finish, the Lynx captured their fourth WNBA championship in seven years to seal their dynasty.
More hardware: Fowles is WNBA Finals MVP

More hardware: Fowles is WNBA Finals MVP

Sylvia Fowles became the first player since Seattle's Lauren Jackson in 2010 to win both the WNBA MVP and Finals MVP in the same season.
Lynx need to reignite offense to tie WNBA Finals series, or it's over

Lynx need to reignite offense to tie WNBA Finals series, or it's over

The Lynx's starting guards were held scoreless in the Game 3 loss. ""At this point it's about a player wanting to do a little extra, do some dirty work," coach Cheryl Reeve said of her team on the brink.
'Anemic' Lynx trail from beginning to end in Game 3 loss to L.A.

'Anemic' Lynx trail from beginning to end in Game 3 loss to L.A.

The Sparks ended Friday's game on a 17-7 run over the Lynx to win the game and take a 2-1 WNBA Finals series lead L.A. can win the championship at home on Sunday.
More often than not, Lynx-Sparks comes down to final possession

More often than not, Lynx-Sparks comes down to final possession

In seven Finals games since 2016, the Lynx and Sparks are separated by six points — 545 for the Lynx, 539 for Los Angeles. "It's talent," Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said.
Flipped script: Lynx grab big lead, hold off Sparks to win Game 2

Flipped script: Lynx grab big lead, hold off Sparks to win Game 2

The Lynx led by as many as 20 points, but needed two huge defensive plays in the final 13.4 seconds to tie the best-of-5 WNBA Finals at one game each.
'That's what I call Loserville': Angry Reeve unimpressed with Lynx comeback

'That's what I call Loserville': Angry Reeve unimpressed with Lynx comeback

By the time coach Cheryl Reeve walked into Williams Arena on Monday, she had a lot to say about how her team opened Game 1 of the WNBA Finals by falling behind 28-2.
After falling behind 28-2, frantic Lynx comeback falls just short

After falling behind 28-2, frantic Lynx comeback falls just short

The comeback was no consolation for coach Cheryl Reeve after an 85-84 loss to the Sparks in Game 1 of the WNBA Finals at Williams Arena.
Ready for a rematch: High anticipation for Lynx-Sparks Finals

Ready for a rematch: High anticipation for Lynx-Sparks Finals

The Lynx and L.A. Sparks, the WNBA's two best teams, pick up where their scintillating Finals left off last year with Game 1 on Sunday. For the series winner, it will be a record-tying fourth title.
How Lynx captivated a city and built from the floor up

How Lynx captivated a city and built from the floor up

No longer a mere curiosity as they head into their sixth WNBA Finals in seven years, the Lynx are a dominant team in a city desperate for title chases.
Owner chooses to stick with Lynx in WNBA Finals over Wolves in China

Owner chooses to stick with Lynx in WNBA Finals over Wolves in China

"We're going to stay with the Lynx as they play out their run," Timberwolves and Lynx owner Glen Taylor said, adding: "That's our priority."
Moore vs. Beard: Epic clash of powers in Lynx-Sparks WNBA Finals

Moore vs. Beard: Epic clash of powers in Lynx-Sparks WNBA Finals

The upcoming series, just the second rematch in WNBA Finals history, is certainly setting up to be great. And so, in a microcosm, is the Maya Moore-Alana Beard matchup.
Whalen sees WNBA Barn burner: 'Two great teams, a lot of great players'

Whalen sees WNBA Barn burner: 'Two great teams, a lot of great players'

Former Gophers star Lindsay Whalen said all along that Williams Arena should be a big home-court advantage for the WNBA Finals. Her teammates are now believers.
Reeve's revenge? 'I want every seat in that Barn filled'

Reeve's revenge? 'I want every seat in that Barn filled'

If NBA fans waited through a whole season to see a Cleveland-Golden State rematch, WNBA fans have been waiting for the Lynx and Sparks in the finals.
Here's the score: Lynx shooting depth buries Mystics

Here's the score: Lynx shooting depth buries Mystics

The Lynx have more playoff experience than the Washington Mystics, to be sure. But they also have more scorers, and that's been quite obvious in Games 1 and 2.
Whalen goes 'vintage Lindsay' at the Barn to lead Lynx to victory

Whalen goes 'vintage Lindsay' at the Barn to lead Lynx to victory

The Lynx, guided by former Gophers star Lindsay Whalen and playing on the U's home court, ended Thursday night's game on a 20-8 run.
'All the pain is worth it.' Fowles named WNBA's MVP

'All the pain is worth it.' Fowles named WNBA's MVP

She has been elbowed, pushed and shoved in the post, attracting crowds like a carnival barker. But Lynx center Sylvia Fowles couldn't be stopped this season.
Not perfect, but Lynx guard Montgomery has her mojo back

Not perfect, but Lynx guard Montgomery has her mojo back

Once Renee Montgomery stopped worrying about being perfect with Lindsay Whalen sidelined, the 30-year-old veteran thrived for the Lynx.
'Bombarded': Lynx use hot shooting to stomp Mystics in Game 1

'Bombarded': Lynx use hot shooting to stomp Mystics in Game 1

The Lynx drained 12-of-17 three-pointers on Tuesday night and shot nearly 60 percent in the playoff semifinal rout of the Mystics. Game 2 is Thursday.
Maya Moore delivering for Lynx when they need it most

Maya Moore delivering for Lynx when they need it most

Over the final three regular-season games — as the Lynx drove to the top playoff seed — Moore shot 52.3 percent overall and 56.3 on three-pointers
Lynx get used to The Barn, prepare for Mystics in WNBA semifinals

Lynx get used to The Barn, prepare for Mystics in WNBA semifinals

Lynx players spent much of Sunday's practice at Williams getting used to the sight lines, the elevated court and the ambience of the building, which is nearly 90 years old.
Back in the Barn: Whalen returns with Lynx to old Gophers home

Back in the Barn: Whalen returns with Lynx to old Gophers home

Some scoffed at another venue change for the Lynx - this time for the WNBA playoffs - but Lindsay Whalen embraces the chance to step back on the Williams Arena court that made her a star.
Converting the Barn: Lynx making big changes for WNBA playoffs

Converting the Barn: Lynx making big changes for WNBA playoffs

The Lynx are trying to make a smooth transition to Williams Arena despite the cost and inconvenience. Part of the challenge is adding air conditioning to a 1920s-era building.
Whalen returns to give Lynx a hand for WNBA playoffs

Whalen returns to give Lynx a hand for WNBA playoffs

Lindsay Whalen had to knock the rust off, but her return to the Lynx after a month away with a broken hand was welcomed with the playoffs coming up next.
Lynx topple Mystics, gain home-court advantage for WNBA playoffs

Lynx topple Mystics, gain home-court advantage for WNBA playoffs

The Lynx, behind Maya Moore's 26 points, finished the season one game ahead of Los Angeles.
Not just another home game: Lynx officially awarded 2018 WNBA All-Star Game

Not just another home game: Lynx officially awarded 2018 WNBA All-Star Game

Lynx's success rewarded by WNBA with 2018 All-Star Game at Target Center
Fowles shows MVP skills as Lynx thrash Sky, stay atop playoff standings

Fowles shows MVP skills as Lynx thrash Sky, stay atop playoff standings

Friday's victory, led by center Sylvia Fowles, puts the Lynx 1½ games ahead of the Los Angeles Sparks for the top seed in the upcoming WNBA playoffs.

Sylvia Fowles, Lynx agree on contract extension

Star center found niche and fit in well, making new contract a logical next step for both sides.
Reeve acknowledges Lynx rookie Jones 'deserved more time'

Reeve acknowledges Lynx rookie Jones 'deserved more time'

Alexis Jones has played little this season, but that might change after the rookie played her best game yet on Wednesday.
Future star? Lynx sign 21-year-old Italian forward Zandalasini

Future star? Lynx sign 21-year-old Italian forward Zandalasini

Lynx fans should consider the Lynx's announcing the signing of Italian forward Cecilia Zandalasini as something of a pre-emptive strike.
Lynx star Lindsay Whalen breaks bone in hand, has surgery

Lynx star Lindsay Whalen breaks bone in hand, has surgery

Lindsay Whalen had surgery to repair a fracture on her left hand; Seimone Augustus will rejoin the Lynx for Sunday's game after a two-game absence.
Lynx know WNBA All-Star Game is made for memories — they have many

Lynx know WNBA All-Star Game is made for memories — they have many

Two Lynx players will start for the West in Saturday's All-Star Game, two more will be reserves.
Fowles goes 'top level' as Lynx crush Dallas 100-74

Fowles goes 'top level' as Lynx crush Dallas 100-74

Lynx center Sylvia Fowles racked up another stellar game Wednesday afternoon, finishing with 24 points and 12 rebounds in 25 minutes vs. Dallas.
Brunson added to WNBA All-Star Game roster as injury replacement

Brunson added to WNBA All-Star Game roster as injury replacement

Rebekkah Brunson was added as a replacement for injured Phoenix center Britney Griner and is the fourth member of the Lynx to be named to Saturday's game.
Lynx's Augustus, a WNBA All-Star Game mainstay, named a reserve

Lynx's Augustus, a WNBA All-Star Game mainstay, named a reserve

This marks the seventh time Seimone Augustus has been named to an all-star team since she entered the league in 2006.
Showing off success: Lynx want to host 2018 All-Star Game

Showing off success: Lynx want to host 2018 All-Star Game

"What better way to celebrate this team, this area that has embraced this team, than by having an All-Star Game here?" asked Lynx guard Seimone Augustus.
After slow first half, Lynx crush shorthanded Phoenix

After slow first half, Lynx crush shorthanded Phoenix

Turning up the pressure helped fuel an 18-0 run that blew the game open in front of 10,022 fans at the X.
Lynx look to fix defense in home-and-home series with Phoenix

Lynx look to fix defense in home-and-home series with Phoenix

The Lynx have had a week to analyze a lopsided loss to one of the WNBA's worst teams, last weekend's 100-76 disaster in Chicago.
Moore, Fowles named as starters in WNBA All-Star Game

Moore, Fowles named as starters in WNBA All-Star Game

The July 22 WNBA All-Star Game in Seattle will feature a Western Conference team with the Lynx's Cheryl Reeve as coach and Sylvia Fowles and Maya Moore as starters.
Fowles, Griner go head to head in WNBA must-see matchup

Fowles, Griner go head to head in WNBA must-see matchup

Thirteen games and a month and a half into a 34-game season, the Lynx and Mercury will finally play on Friday night in Phoenix. And that means Sylvia Fowles vs. Brittney Griner.
Fowles over fouls: Lynx beat winless Stars after trailing by 9 late in game

Fowles over fouls: Lynx beat winless Stars after trailing by 9 late in game

On a night when the officials called 43 fouls in 40 minutes, center Sylvia Fowles was often the focus. She responded by dominating the final minutes of the game.
Getting defensive: Lynx shut down Mystics 93-76

Getting defensive: Lynx shut down Mystics 93-76

Brunson-led Minnesota held Washington to 40.3 percent shooting.
Augustus expands skills, remains WNBA force for Lynx

Augustus expands skills, remains WNBA force for Lynx

Lynx's Seimone Augustus is polishing, expanding her skills – and thriving. Through 10 games and a 9-1 record, Augustus is having one of her best and most well-rounded seasons.
Draft choice Patton thrilled to be coming to Minnesota

Draft choice Patton thrilled to be coming to Minnesota

6-foot-11 Justin Patton said he is looking forward to playing with the Wolves in general and Wolves big man Karl-Anthony Towns. "He'll make me look good."
Lynx dealt first loss of season after nine victories

Lynx dealt first loss of season after nine victories

Defense and rebounding were issues for the Lynx in their first loss of the season, 98-93 to the Connecticut Sun and former Gophers star Rachel Banham.
Lynx core foursome has won at historical rate

Lynx core foursome has won at historical rate

They have been winning games together since 2011 — only four L.A. Sparks have won more games.
On team of Olympians, Brunson is unsung hero for the Lynx

On team of Olympians, Brunson is unsung hero for the Lynx

When the Lynx start preparing for an opponent, they start with Rebekkah Brunson. As in, who is the other team's best player?
Moore's shooting hits career low, but she's still making an impact

Moore's shooting hits career low, but she's still making an impact

Lynx forward Maya Moore is struggling to score more than she ever has in her career yet the team is still undefeated.
Lynx point guards set up teammates in rout of Stars

Lynx point guards set up teammates in rout of Stars

Lynx point guard Lindsay Whalen didn't score and her backup, Renee Montgomery, had only four points. But their ball distribution might have been the most important factor in an 80-66 Lynx victory over San Antonio that wasn't nearly as close as the score indicated.
Sylvia Fowles' play most important reason Lynx remain unbeaten

Sylvia Fowles' play most important reason Lynx remain unbeaten

The veteran center is averaging 21.2 points.
'Low turnover' Lynx survive sloppiness to beat winless Sun

'Low turnover' Lynx survive sloppiness to beat winless Sun

The Lynx turned the ball over 22 times against the Sun. But they escaped with a home victory after almost blowing a 13-point lead in the fourth quarter.
After surgeries, resilient Banham making her hometown WNBA debut

After surgeries, resilient Banham making her hometown WNBA debut

"I can hardly wait," former Gopher and Lakeville high school star Rachel Banham said about facing the Lynx at the X. "I worked hard for this."
If you're keeping score, Lynx need more offense vs. Liberty

If you're keeping score, Lynx need more offense vs. Liberty

The Lynx on Sunday overcame a woeful offensive showing versus Chicago thanks to Sylvia Fowles' scoring in the paint. But that alone won't be enough Thursday against the Liberty.
Sluggish Lynx opens season by stopping Sky

Sluggish Lynx opens season by stopping Sky

Sylvia Fowles led the way with 26 points and 10 rebounds, but coach Cheryl Reeve expects more from her veteran squad.
Lynx finalize roster with deepest bench in Reeve's tenure

Lynx finalize roster with deepest bench in Reeve's tenure

Chinese national team captain Shao Ting didn't make the Lynx final cut meaning two rookies — guard Alexis Jones, the team's first-round draft pick, and forward/center Temi Fagbenle — round out the roster.
Lynx could squeeze extra player onto roster before season opener

Lynx could squeeze extra player onto roster before season opener

After Thursday's practice, coach Cheryl Reeve said the team might be able to figure out a way to fit 12 players under the salary cap, which would mean rookies Alexis Jones, Temi Fagbenle and Shao Ting would all make the roster.
Lynx teammates Montgomery, Perkins put in the fun and the work

Lynx teammates Montgomery, Perkins put in the fun and the work

After Renee Montgomery and Jia Perkins struggled with shots last season, coach Cheryl Reeve has asked for better shooting and shot selection. The pair works together long after practice.
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