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The Wolves on Saturday night faced a Charlotte team that turned the corner last season.
The Wolves lost to New York for the second time in three games.
A quick look at Friday's game.
The players that finished 1-2 in Rookie of the Year voting squared off for the second time in three days.
Wolves CEO Ethan Casson's career followed the path he planned.
Karl-Anthony Towns on Wednesday night had the third game with 45 points and 15 rebounds in franchise history but it wasn't enough against the Knicks.
After the Wolves had allowed the Utah Jazz nearly unfettered access to the basket in Monday's loss, Karl-Anthony Towns sat at his locker and took the blame for his team's slow start.
In a Wolves locker room nearly as quiet as the Target Center had been just moments before, the frustration was palpable but the answers were elusive.
Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau didn't know what his future would hold when, during his one season out of the NBA, he included the Utah Jazz as one of his many visits. Turns out he got a good look at a team that is following a very similar path as the Wolves are now.
The Wolves played very well while building a 10-point halftime lead. The team came out the locker room and grew that lead to 13 after three. And then?
Andrew Wiggins decided not to play for the Canadian team in an Olympic qualifier, opting instead to spend the summer in the gym. His 301 points are the most in team history for the first 11 games..
Andrew Wiggins, Karl-Anthony Towns and Gorgui Dieng led the way in a big way, each finishing with a double-double that left even hard-to-please Tom Thibodeau with nothing but praise.
Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid were on the same court together for the first time since college when the Wolves played host to Philadelphia on Thursday.
Zach LaVine knows that the Wolves need to fix their major problem this season, coming out flat and blowing second-half leads. It's taking a toll on the team's morale.
Days after interviewing for the Wild's head coaching job, Bruce Boudreau interviewed in Ottawa, where his daughter lives.
The Timberwolves point guard, injured in the team's second game, was listed as questionable for Saturday's game. But coach Tom Thibodeau indicated Rubio could be ready.
Coach Tom Thibodeau canceled practice Friday, instead holding a long film session before taking off for Saturday's game in Oklahoma City
Thursday night, for the second straight game, Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau had a starting five that included four players aged 22 or younger.
The Timberwolves went 0-for-7 from three-point range in the third quarter, and lost another big lead to fall to 1-3 on the season.
Point guard Ricky Rubio, who sprained his right elbow in the fourth quarter Saturday in Sacramento, is sidelined indefinitely.
In two games this season Dieng has started and averaged 13.0 points and 13.5 rebounds, posting a double-double in both games.
Tom Thibodeau brings 30 years of accumulated knowledge to the Timberwolves as he embarks on his first season as head coach and president of basketball operations.
For the Wolves to land a spot in the playoffs after more than a decade away, Andrew Wiggins being able to take a big leap in Year 3 is probably the biggest factor.
Zach LaVine gains stability and clarity with designation as the starting shooting guard.
Kris Dunn has proven to be effective defensively this preseason. But the rookie has struggled mightily with his shot.
After five preseason games away from Minneapolis, the Wolves get to show off their new talent - and new coach - to a home crowd Wednesday night.
The team will finish the preseason with home games Wednesday and Friday. The team will hold a fan fest at Target Center on Tuesday.
Gorgui Dieng arrived at the University of Louisville as a 20-year-old in 2010 and played three seasons for Rick Pitino.
Nemanja Bjelica endured a rocky rookie season, averaging 5.1 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists
The Hornets on Monday shot over 50 percent in the preseason matchup. "We have a lot of work to do," Wolves first-year coach Tom Thibodeau said.
First impression? Kris Dunn is quick and strong enough to defend on the ball, he has the court vision to find open shooters. The rookie was productive despite not shooting well.
A third-quarter rally gave the Timberwolves a victory in their first preseason game under new coach Tom Thibodeau.
Twice, they met in the NBA's Eastern Conference playoffs. So Erik Spoelstra knows what the league is gaining with Tom Thibodeau's return.
The team left for K.C. on Friday and returns Oct. 17.
When was the last time the team had enough depth to list another five or six players fighting for playing time? The Wolves, though talented, are still young. But the team is looking pretty deep.
Karl-Anthony Towns reached out to Hall of Famers and those destined to end up there. He talked to some via phone, some over dinner. It was more than talk about X's and O's.
The former Chicago Catholic League star played four years at DePaul, setting a school record for three-point shooting in his junior season (54.1 percent) that still stands.
He went to Las Vegas with the Wolves' summer league entry and hit the gym to get stronger. But at least for now, Jones appears to be third in the pecking order at point guard.
This is a crucial season for Muhammad, who has shown that he can be a dynamic and prolific scorer in the right situation.
Brandon Rush has been through a lot, including winning titles, a big reason the Wolves wanted him.
Rasual Butler and John Lucas III, both 37, have played for Tom Thibodeau before. They'd like another chance to play for him.
Said Andrew Wiggins: "We knew what he was expecting. So we came out here and we worked hard. We gave no reason for him to get mad and make us go harder."
Watching practice was Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski and his staff, former Wolves coach Randy Wittman and Gophers coach Richard Pitino.
When the first practice starts Tuesday, both Rubio, 26, and Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau will begin discovering how the point guard will fit into a new system.
For the first time since 1995, Kevin Garnett will not be at an NBA training camp this fall. But the Timberwolves will hold their first practice Tuesday with KG very much on their minds.
With the Timberwolves' first practice scheduled for Tuesday, Tom Thibodeau discussed his return to coaching after a year away.
Kevin Garnett leaves the NBA having played 970 of his career 1,462 games for Minnesota, having scored 19,201 of his 26,071 points and grabbing 10,718 of his 14,662 rebounds in a Timberwolves uniform.
Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor said he is still is waiting to hear if Kevin Garnett wants to play another season. Meanwhile, ESPN reported Garnett and the team are in buyout talks.
New Timberwolf Cole Aldrich and assistant Ryan Saunders are at a Basketball Without Borders camp, which is drawing players from all around Europe.
Struggling with up-and-down play since four-fifths of the starting lineup returned from the Rio Olympics, the Lynx put together a 93-79 victory over the Connecticut Sun at Target Center on Sunday night, a victory that was pretty much wire-to-wire.
Friday night's triumph over Washington avenges an ugly loss and strengthens team's push for top seed.
A quick look at Moore's scoring stats might suggest the Lynx star has taken a half-step back this season. But sometimes numbers can lie.
Wolves star Karl-Anthony Towns is committed to his team and his adopted hometown.
Cole Aldrich's NBA odyssey winds its way back to Minnesota. The former Bloomington Jefferson standout signed a three-year, $22 million contract.
Both made it clear that buying into Glen Taylor's Timberwolves — Meyer Orbach with a 9.5 percent share, Lizhang Jiang with a 5 percent — was the perfect combination of business and pleasure.
Less than a month after Rob Moor stepped down from his position as Timberwolves CEO, the team has filled the position with San Francisco 49ers executive Ethan Casson, a former Wolves vice president.
Tom Thibodeau indicated Saturday the process of building the Wolves into a contender will take time. So, perhaps, a big free agency splash might not have been the right move
Brandon Rush - a three-point specialist who spent four of the past five seasons with Golden State — agreed on a one-year, $3.5 million contract.
Power forward Luol Deng, a free agent the Timberwolves had contacted, has agreed to a 4-year, $72 million deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, according to multiple reports.
On a day when deals came fast and furious in the NBA, the Wolves remained relatively silent.
The Miami star forward might want to reunite with new Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau. Utah and the Clippers were also said to be interested.
With a 30 percent hike in the salary cap, contract lines are about to be redrawn.
Glen Taylor has given the pair minority stakes.
The new owners include Lizhang Jiang, a 35-year-old who works in sports marketing in China.
After hustling pickup games just trying to make it through a day as a teen, the prospect of jumping from college to the NBA is more thrilling than intimidating.
The 6-4 Dunn averaged 16.4 points per game last season for Providence. Trade rumors persisted during the draft but the Wolves are keeping their pick.
Karl-Anthony Towns won't be making any decisions Thursday during the NBA draft. But the reigning NBA Rookie of the Year does have some insight into two potential Wolves' picks.
New Timberwolves president of basketball operations and coach Tom Thibodeau and General Manager Scott Layden know they have to be ready for anything during Thursday's NBA draft.
Leading the list is Dragan Bender, the big man from Croatia who has been near the top of many mock drafts and could be available at No. 5. And there are other intriguing options.
When it comes to trading away or trading for one of the top five picks in the NBA draft, the Timberwolves are relative veterans.
The longtime CEO will be more directly involved in the owner's overall business holdings.
While heavy sweat equity went into the 10-0 opening in 2012, a deeper bench has made this season feel different for the defending WNBA champs.
Andrew Wiggins announced Friday he would not play for Team Canada in an Olympic qualifying tournament next month.
While there are concerns about health in Rio — in particular the Zika virus — nobody from the WNBA is having second thoughts about the Summer Olympics.
In front of a crowd that went from disgruntled to deafening, the Lynx wore down the Mercury, winning on a night when nothing went right early but little went wrong late.
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