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His winning basket capped a 29-point second half against the stubborn Suns.
The All-Star center leads the lead with six disqualifications.
Friday's loss left the Wolves three games behind the Lakers for the final playoff spot in the conference. And Minnesota will play its next four games in seven days, three of them on the road, starting Sunday vs. Phoenix. It's time for a run.
The Wolves have back-to-back games looming with Phoenix, the worst team in the conference. But the Wolves already have lost to the Suns, in Phoenix on Dec. 15, one of just 11 games they have won.
This much is clear: If Maya Moore does not play, it would be difficult news for a Lynx team already in transition with Lindsay Whalen's retirement and other roster issues.
Center Megan Gustafson of No. 22-ranked Iowa dominated Minnesota with 34 points and 13 rebounds as the 23rd-ranked Gophers went from an eight-point halftime lead to an 18-point loss.
The No. 18 Gophers will play host to No. 17 Iowa tonight in a game that's as must-win as can be at this point in the season. What needs to change for the Gophers?
The Wolves made the plays at the end they failed to a night earlier to record their second victory under Ryan Saunders.
And he stepped up Saturday with a productive second half.
While he's far from making all of the changes he intends to introduce in a bid to shed the 'interim coach' label, Ryan Saunders brought a radically different presence to the bench during his first game in charge.
From the first play they scored on, which was one of his father's favorites, the Timberwolves played with passion that led to a 119-117 victory.
Billy Donovan, now in charge of the Thunder, knows what it's like to be a young head coach, and what it takes to succeed.
The Gophers were outscored 23-9 in the final 10 minutes and lost their second in a row after a 12-0 start to the season.
A full week gave coach Lindsay Whalen and her team time to work on what went wrong in Michigan, get some rest, and to focus on the Illini.
On the day Jeff Teague returned to the starting lineup after missing nine games because of a sore ankle, the Timberwolves said Robert…
The 12th-ranked Gophers improved to 12-0 by beating Wisconsin for 12th consecutive time, led by 20 points from Wisconsin native Annalese Lamke.
Gophers are among top 20 hardest teams to score on.
No. 13 Minnesota won its final nonconference game Saturday 91-71 vs. surprisingly pesky Rhode Island. It pushed the Gophers to 11-0 with Wisconsin looming in their Big Ten opener Friday.
Cheryl Reeve likes to describe herself as the mother of an extended family. She has the players' backs but isn't afraid to kick their butts. Most of all, she appeals to the team by investing the time to understand what the Lynx need to play their best.
At 14-17, the Wolves are about to play six of their next seven on the road, starting Friday against the Spurs in San Antonio — a city where the Wolves have lost 10 consecutive games and 50 times in team history.
Wolves players and coach Tom Thibodeau were all terse and direct in talking about what went into blowing a 14-point lead and not being able to stop a Detroit team that had been struggling on offense.
Dwane Casey is happy to have landed in Detroit, though he was willing to wait a while after being fired in Toronto despite a 59-win season a year ago.
The Lynx open against the Chicago Sky, coached by former assistant James Wade, and have no back-to-back games or extended road trips.
Everyone gets into the act as the Wolves' home success continued.
His verified account approved of two posts critical of his coach.
The Gophers played their second straight game at Williams Arena against a winless opponent and are undefeated through 10 games for the third time in school history.
The Timberwolves appear to have shed issues that fueled earlier 0-5 Western trip.
The standard line when trying to explain the rather incredible season Timberwolves guard Derrick Rose is having has revolved around health.
The Gophers remained perfect Sunday thanks to a defense that remains stifling and despite an offense that continues sputtering.
Tayie Bello is fourth in the nation in rebounds per game (14.3), fourth in offensive rebounds per game (6.2) and 10th in the nation in offensive rebounding rate (23.1).
Down six points with under four minutes to play, the 20th-ranked Gophers finished on a 17-7 run to raise their record to 6-0 under new coach Lindsay Whalen.
The Gophers have played well in the early going of Lindsay Whalen's first season as coach. But the schedule hasn't been too demanding. That changes Thursday with No. 12 Syracuse in town.
In the same space where she signed her national letter of intent to attend Minnesota 19 years ago this month, Lindsay Whalen came home to Hutchinson on Tuesday for another special day.
Zach LaVine has been confident since the day the late Flip Saunders took him with the 13th pick in the 2014 NBA draft out of UCLA
A six-point Wolves halftime lead dissolved over a third-quarter slump that included missed shots, turnovers and lax defense.
Before the Jimmy Butler trade the Wolves were 11th in three-point makes (11.1) and sixth in percentage (37.3). In three games before Wednesday, they rank fifth in makes (12.7) and third in percentage (42.7).
The arrival of new players coincides with a marked improvement for the Wolves.
The clutch-and-grab, bump-and-grind Grizzles made the Wolves play at their pace, shut down their fast break and controlled the game.
J.B. Bickerstaff, a former Gophers player and assistant coach with the Wolves, inherited an injury-riddled team last season as interim coach and this season has a new title and newfound success
Down seven points after the third quarter, the Gophers went to work in a big way to finish.
Former reserve Annalese Lamke is thriving so far as the Gophers' starting center.
Karl-Anthony Towns had 25 points and 21 rebounds (and 10 turnovers) while Jeff Teague added 23 points and 11 assists playing without the guys acquired in the Jimmy Butler deal.
Part of the discussion that emerged: How to balance Derrick Rose's big basketball moment with sexual assault accusations off the court, a 2016 case currently under appeal.
Derrick Rose scored 50 points on a night when the Wolves needed him that much more because they were playing without Jimmy Butler, Jeff Teague and Tyus Jones.
The Timberwolves will begin a five-game road trip on Friday.
"To me, if something is a good deal, and you think you're getting good value, you have to do what's right for the franchise,'' Tom Thibodeau said as rumors continue to swirl surrounding Jimmy Butler.
The Wolves attempted 112 shots from the floor, and 43 three-pointers, but could not connect near enough to match Milwaukee. The Bucks handed Minnesota a 125-95 loss, the worst in Tom Thibodeau's tenure.
Last year, the start of the second and fourth quarters — time usually reserved for lineups made up mainly of reserves — could be an adventure for the Wolves.
Gophers guard Gadiva Hubbard had surgery on her right foot Friday and will be out indefinitely. She is one of three returning starters from last year's team that advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament.
An announced sellout crowd at Target Center booed Jimmy Butler during introductions, then chanted "MVP!" after he scored 33 points in a 131-123 victory.
Rookies Josh Okogie and Keita Bates-Diop have watched the entire 48 minutes from the bench in the Wolves' first two games. No one should have been surprised.
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
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Maya Moore finds ways to elevate the Lynx even when her shot isn't falling.
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