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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.
"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."
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.
Sylvia Fowles led the way with 26 points and 10 rebounds, but coach Cheryl Reeve expects more from her veteran squad.
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.
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.
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.
Cheryl Reeve and Sylvia Fowles agree on the star center's potential and the goals Reeve has set. But it's still a challenge when it comes to the best way to facilitate the growth.
Seimone Augustus, Lindsay Whalen and Maya Moore took the entire off-season off rather than go overseas, and it showed.
The Lynx hope to attract new fans during its one season in St. Paul - and keep them for the seasons to come in the newly-renovated Target Center.
Standing 6-5, Temi Fagbenle grew up loving tennis and was a track star in high school. But her professional ambition is to make it in the WNBA.
Because she was here when the Lynx couldn't win, it's possible nobody appreciates the past six years more than Seimone Augustus.
Veteran Plenette Pierson joined the Lynx for one big reason — a shot at a title. And she'll do whatever it takes to prove her worth.
Sting of Finals loss to Los Angeles is motivation as training camp begins.
Sunday the Lynx will begin training camp with the goal of winning a fourth league title in seven years. They've been here before, winning a title every other year since 2011.
After Tuesday's practice, Wild players were preparing for some radical changes linewise. Wednesday's game could be the first time since Nov. 25 that Mikko Koivu and Mikael Granlund have been separated.
Jones averaged 13.2 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game as a senior and was an Associated Press honorable mention all-America as well as a first-team all-Big 12 pick.
Forward/center Chantel Osahor will battle for a spot on the team's roster after being acquired the day after she was taken in the second round of the WNBA draft.
With a veteran lineup already in place, the Lynx this week aren't shying away from drafting a player they'll need to groom.
Nia Coffey ended her four-year basketball career at Northwestern with her name all over the program's list of records.
Down 22 points early in the second quarter, the Wolves rallied in front of a sold out crowd to take a one-point lead into the final quarter this season at Target Center but could not complete the comeback.
The NBA is changing the way it looks team-by-team, and the process is much more complex than just sitting down and starting to draw.
Refusing to quit on the season, the Timberwolves erased a double-digit deficit to top the Blazers in a game supposed to be played March 6 at Target Center.
For the 20th time this season, the Wolves (30-45) — who were mathematically eliminated from playoff contention with Portland's victory later Saturday night — built a double-figure lead and lost
Ricky Rubio is shooting more, shooting better. But perhaps lost in that improvement is his free-throw shooting.
It is worst in the NBA but surging down the stretch.
After Thursday's 3-1 loss to Philadelphia, Bruce Boudreau bemoaned his team's lack of energy and jump.
Tuesday, the Wolves lost another game after holding a lead of 10 or more points. It was the 18th time this season the Wolves lost a game in which they held a lead of 10 or more, a league high.
Kawhi Leonard, limited in the first half Tuesday against the Wolves, erupted for 20 points after halftime to lead San Antonio to its fourth victory of the season over Minnesota.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver sent a memo to team owners Monday expressing concern about the practice of resting big-name players -- and the Spurs coach explained why he does it.
Omri Casspi made his Timberwolves debut Tuesday, wearing his third jersey in a little more than a month and sporting a small brace on…
Wild coach Bruce Boudreau ended his postgame media gathering after less than a half-minute. "You're making it sounds like we're good," he said, in part, responding to a question about the loss in Winnipeg.
For the first time since Jason Pominville joined the Wild, he was a healthy scratch -- one of several things tried in Sunday's loss at Winnipeg.
Despite better play of late, the playoff-searching Wolves still lead the league with 15 losses in games in which they had a 10-point lead or more.
Point guard hits targets early, often on way to Wolves record 19 assists vs. Wizards.
Back in 2003, for the second time in his career, Kevin Garnett scored 20 points or more in a 16th consecutive game. A franchise best, the record stood for 14 years. Now it has been broken — and broken again — in a matter of weeks.
Wolves guard Ricky Rubio, encouraged to shoot more, is on a steady climb that coach Tom Thibodeau has called "at a very, very high level."
Basketball star Lindsay Whalen started as a hockey player, and shares a state tournament tradition with her father.
Condensation on floor postponed Wolves game vs. Portland on Monday.
Heat, humidity and a sheet of ice caused the condensation.
As she does with most major decisions, Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve talked to her captains when it came to hiring an assistant coach to…
After Thursday's NBA trade deadline came and went without the Timberwolves making a deal, some of the more relieved players on the team were not among those rumored to be on the market.
Andrew Wiggins led the Wolves with 27 points and now has 108 total points in the Wolves last three games. That mark fell just four shy of Kevin Garnett's franchise record.
The Mikael Granlund-Mikko Koivu-Jason Zucker line has been a force for the Wild, scoring 110 points since the players became a unit three months ago.
The quick answer is yes. The past few weeks have been frustrating for Wild center Eric Staal after such a successful start to his first season with the team.
The NHL said the Detroit forward's actions were not accidental or inadvertent.
Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau indicated his team might be a bit worn out mentally with the All Star break — which is coming a bit later this season — three games away.
Mikko Koivu scored the only goal in the shootout while Devan Dubnyk was strong again.
The 33-year-old had surgery in October to repair his right shoulder.
Wolves coach Tom Thibodueau said Wiggins has grown as a playmaker, but has to do more.He will get the opportunity.
Pierson, a 13-year WNBA veteran who won titles in 2006 and 2008 with Detroit, is joining the Lynx after averaging 11.9 points per game for dallas last season.
Brandon Rush — who figures to absorb most of LaVine's minutes — and Ricky Rubio have both come back from ACL injuries.
Up 18 early in the second quarter, the Wolves were out-scored 51-22 over the next 18-plus minutes hours after learning Zach LaVine tore his ACL
Wolves shooting guard Zach LaVine suffered a season-ending ACL tear Friday night, an MRI revealed Saturday. But the Wolves are optimistic about his future.
The Wolves have won eight of 11 heading into Wednesday's game against LeBron James and the Cavaliers..Shabazz Muhammad's success has mirrored the team's of late.
After avoiding a late-game collapse, Andrew Wiggins took over at the start of overtime and led the Wolves to their eighth victory in the last 11 games.
Timberwolves forward/center Gorgui Dieng, a Muslim and native of Senegal, answered cautiously when asked about President Donald Trump's executive order that suspended travel with seven Muslim-majority nations.
In Saturday's victory over Brooklyn at Target Center — the Timberwolves' fourth victory in five games — Karl-Anthony Towns had his ninth 30-point game of the season.
Karl-Anthony Towns' big night kept the Wolves hot at the Nets' expense.
There are certain things Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau wants to see from his bench, whether or not the shots are falling.
Over the past 10 games — in which the Wolves have had two three-game winning streaks — the Wolves are fourth in the league at 25.6 assists per game.
Karl-Anthony Towns had 32 points and 12 rebounds while rookie Kris Dunn moved into the starting lineup with Ricky Rubio away from the team.
Towns started relatively slowly with his rebounding, getting 10 or more in only two of his first six games. But as the season went on, the numbers have risen.
Following the death of his grandmother, Ricky Rubio will not play in Sunday's Timberwolves game. So fans will see a lot of Kris Dunn and Tyus Jones.
In Dallas on Sunday, every Wolves reserve player was a minus, with Shabazz Muhammad (minus-20), Nemanja Bjelica (minus-19) and Kris Dunn (minus-17) leading the way.
Coach Tom Thibodeau had no comment on Adrian Wojnarowski's Yahoo Sports report that said the Wolves were "actively shopping" point guard Ricky Rubio.
After a 41-point second quarter, the Wolves on Tuesday were up seven points with 1:40 left in the third, and then lost their groove. San Antonio promptly pounced.
Ricky Rubio doesn't keep track of statistics. He only knows how he feels — healthy and comfortable. He is aggressive on defense. He is getting both assists and points on offense.
"I thought we played a low-energy game," Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau said. "And that hurt us on both sides of the ball."
The Timberwolves might not have shown it in Sunday's loss to the Dallas Mavericks. But Mavs coach Rick Carlisle, having seen the Wolves twice in the past week, is convinced good things are ahead for Minnesota.
Minnesota scored on its first three shots, and then for the first time in franchise history the Wild won after blowing a four-goal lead.
Eric Staal is in his first season with the Wild, and Sunday will be the first meeting between the teams this season, which is already halfway gone.
Brandon Rush gave the Wolves some needed outside shooting in a spot start against Houston on Wednesday.
Last month, Houston came to Target Center riding a nine-game winning streak, trailed Minnesota by 12 points with 2:20 left in regulation and still won.
Houston's decision to hire D'Antoni last summer was criticized by some. But he brought the Rockets to Target Center on Wednesday at 31-9, the third-best record in the league.
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