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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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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.
The making of Sylvia Fowles: Lynx center still isn't done growing

The making of Sylvia Fowles: Lynx center still isn't done growing

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.
Lynx use preseason rout to get look at lineup mixes, players on bubble

Lynx use preseason rout to get look at lineup mixes, players on bubble

Seimone Augustus, Lindsay Whalen and Maya Moore took the entire off-season off rather than go overseas, and it showed.
Lynx business? Better than usual with move to Xcel Energy Center

Lynx business? Better than usual with move to Xcel Energy Center

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.
Fagbenle has many ambitions, and one is to play for the Lynx

Fagbenle has many ambitions, and one is to play for the Lynx

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.
'Humble superstar.' Augustus builds Lynx legacy by scoring less

'Humble superstar.' Augustus builds Lynx legacy by scoring less

Because she was here when the Lynx couldn't win, it's possible nobody appreciates the past six years more than Seimone Augustus.
'I'm the enforcer.' Lynx's Pierson brings the pain to opponents

'I'm the enforcer.' Lynx's Pierson brings the pain to opponents

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.
Loss in WNBA Finals serving as Lynx's motivation

Loss in WNBA Finals serving as Lynx's motivation

Sting of Finals loss to Los Angeles is motivation as training camp begins.
A conversation with Cheryl Reeve: Lynx coach muses about 2017 season

A conversation with Cheryl Reeve: Lynx coach muses about 2017 season

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.
Boudreau tests Wild's line options at practice

Boudreau tests Wild's line options at practice

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.
Lynx select Baylor guard Alexis Jones in first round of WNBA draft

Lynx select Baylor guard Alexis Jones in first round of WNBA draft

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.
Lynx get second-team All America center Osahor in deal with Chicago

Lynx get second-team All America center Osahor in deal with Chicago

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.
Lynx hoping to take player in WNBA draft they can develop

Lynx hoping to take player in WNBA draft they can develop

With a veteran lineup already in place, the Lynx this week aren't shying away from drafting a player they'll need to groom.
Former Hopkins star Coffey likely to be top 10 pick in WNBA draft

Former Hopkins star Coffey likely to be top 10 pick in WNBA draft

Nia Coffey ended her four-year basketball career at Northwestern with her name all over the program's list of records.
Festive home finale turns frustrating for Wolves in loss to OKC

Festive home finale turns frustrating for Wolves in loss to OKC

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.
Designer's work on new Wolves logo is at heart of rebranding

Designer's work on new Wolves logo is at heart of rebranding

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.
Playing for pride, Wolves rally to defeat Portland

Playing for pride, Wolves rally to defeat Portland

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.
Wolves let another double-digit lead get away, succumbing to Kings

Wolves let another double-digit lead get away, succumbing to Kings

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's improved shooting includes the free-throw line, too

Ricky Rubio's improved shooting includes the free-throw line, too

Ricky Rubio is shooting more, shooting better. But perhaps lost in that improvement is his free-throw shooting.
Wolves' attendance numbers have nowhere to go but up

Wolves' attendance numbers have nowhere to go but up

It is worst in the NBA but surging down the stretch.
Boudreau urging Wild players to 'learn from your mistakes'

Boudreau urging Wild players to 'learn from your mistakes'

After Thursday's 3-1 loss to Philadelphia, Bruce Boudreau bemoaned his team's lack of energy and jump.
Second-half breakdowns endure for Wolves

Second-half breakdowns endure for Wolves

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.
Wolves lead early but Leonard and Spurs win late

Wolves lead early but Leonard and Spurs win late

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.
Spurs' Popovich responds to commissioner's concerns over resting players

Spurs' Popovich responds to commissioner's concerns over resting players

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.
Wolves hope Casspi provides much-needed shooting

Wolves hope Casspi provides much-needed shooting

Omri Casspi made his Timberwolves debut Tuesday, wearing his third jersey in a little more than a month and sporting a small brace on…
Boudreau cuts off news conference after another Wild loss

Boudreau cuts off news conference after another Wild loss

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.
Wild's bold moves include Jason Pominville sitting

Wild's bold moves include Jason Pominville sitting

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.
If only the Wolves closed earlier games like they're closing the season

If only the Wolves closed earlier games like they're closing the season

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.
Rubio dazzles as Wolves trounce Wizards

Rubio dazzles as Wolves trounce Wizards

Point guard hits targets early, often on way to Wolves record 19 assists vs. Wizards.
Wolves' Towns, Wiggins setting records with consistency

Wolves' Towns, Wiggins setting records with consistency

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.
Take notice, because Thibodeau has: Rubio's play trending upwards

Take notice, because Thibodeau has: Rubio's play trending upwards

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."
Whalen and her dad share special bond - state hockey

Whalen and her dad share special bond - state hockey

Basketball star Lindsay Whalen started as a hockey player, and shares a state tournament tradition with her father.
Thibodeau blames Mother Nature for slippery Target Center floor

Thibodeau blames Mother Nature for slippery Target Center floor

Condensation on floor postponed Wolves game vs. Portland on Monday.
Wet floor forces Wolves to postpone home game

Wet floor forces Wolves to postpone home game

Heat, humidity and a sheet of ice caused the condensation.

Lynx hire former San Antonio Stars assistant to replace Jim Petersen

As she does with most major decisions, Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve talked to her captains when it came to hiring an assistant coach to…
Wolves players express relief that trade deadline is past

Wolves players express relief that trade deadline is past

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.
Wolves start post All-Star break push with victory over Dallas

Wolves start post All-Star break push with victory over Dallas

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.
Three months on fire: Wild's hot line scoring, staying together

Three months on fire: Wild's hot line scoring, staying together

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.
Staal staying 'poised and disciplined' to bust out of slump

Staal staying 'poised and disciplined' to bust out of slump

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 verdict: Nyquist out for six games after high-sticking Wild's Spurgeon

The verdict: Nyquist out for six games after high-sticking Wild's Spurgeon

The NHL said the Detroit forward's actions were not accidental or inadvertent.
Wolves' recent struggles go beyond Xs and Os

Wolves' recent struggles go beyond Xs and Os

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.
Close game goes Wild's way in 2-1 shootout victory over Tampa Bay

Close game goes Wild's way in 2-1 shootout victory over Tampa Bay

Mikko Koivu scored the only goal in the shootout while Devan Dubnyk was strong again.
Ryan Carter, with nothing certain, gives Wild another try

Ryan Carter, with nothing certain, gives Wild another try

The 33-year-old had surgery in October to repair his right shoulder.
Wiggins passes another big test by not forcing shots

Wiggins passes another big test by not forcing shots

Wolves coach Tom Thibodueau said Wiggins has grown as a playmaker, but has to do more.He will get the opportunity.
Lynx sign veteran forward Plenette Pierson

Lynx sign veteran forward Plenette Pierson

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.
LaVine's Wolves teammates know the torn ACL drill well

LaVine's Wolves teammates know the torn ACL drill well

Brandon Rush — who figures to absorb most of LaVine's minutes — and Ricky Rubio have both come back from ACL injuries.
Wolves suffer deflating defeat vs. Memphis on difficult day

Wolves suffer deflating defeat vs. Memphis on difficult day

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
LaVine out for season with torn ACL but 'he'll get through it'

LaVine out for season with torn ACL but 'he'll get through it'

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.
Wolves' Shabazz Muhammad is new three-point threat

Wolves' Shabazz Muhammad is new three-point threat

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.
Wolves find a way to win behind Wiggins

Wolves find a way to win behind Wiggins

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.
Wolves' Dieng avoids ripple by not discussing executive order

Wolves' Dieng avoids ripple by not discussing executive order

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.
Getting more game: Towns adding lefty hook to scoring arsenal

Getting more game: Towns adding lefty hook to scoring arsenal

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.
Wolves eventually pull away from league-worst Nets

Wolves eventually pull away from league-worst Nets

Karl-Anthony Towns' big night kept the Wolves hot at the Nets' expense.
Wolves bench sees fewest minutes in NBA, limiting offensive output

Wolves bench sees fewest minutes in NBA, limiting offensive output

There are certain things Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau wants to see from his bench, whether or not the shots are falling.
Wolves' increase in assists a positive sign

Wolves' increase in assists a positive sign

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.
Towns, Dunn spark Wolves to fifth win in seven games

Towns, Dunn spark Wolves to fifth win in seven games

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' rebounding on the rise for Wolves

Towns' rebounding on the rise for Wolves

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.
Rubio's absence creates opportunity for Jones, Dunn at guard

Rubio's absence creates opportunity for Jones, Dunn at guard

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.
Thibodeau seeks more consistency from Wolves subs

Thibodeau seeks more consistency from Wolves subs

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.
Ricky Rubio trade rumors resurface

Ricky Rubio trade rumors resurface

Coach Tom Thibodeau had no comment on Adrian Wojnarowski's Yahoo Sports report that said the Wolves were "actively shopping" point guard Ricky Rubio.
Wolves go from inspired early to expired late in loss to Spurs

Wolves go from inspired early to expired late in loss to Spurs

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.
Rubio thinks we're seeing him at his best right now

Rubio thinks we're seeing him at his best right now

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.
Lethargic Wolves have winning streak snapped in Dallas

Lethargic Wolves have winning streak snapped in Dallas

"I thought we played a low-energy game," Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau said. "And that hurt us on both sides of the ball."
Mavericks coach sees Timberwolves on the rise

Mavericks coach sees Timberwolves on the rise

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.
Early flurry of goals before a frantic finish for Wild over Dallas

Early flurry of goals before a frantic finish for Wild over Dallas

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.
Newcomer Eric Staal already has a feel for Wild-Chicago rivalry

Newcomer Eric Staal already has a feel for Wild-Chicago rivalry

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.
Wolves' Rush only needs time, space to be productive

Wolves' Rush only needs time, space to be productive

Brandon Rush gave the Wolves some needed outside shooting in a spot start against Houston on Wednesday.
Wolves don't collapse this time, end Houston's nine-game winning streak

Wolves don't collapse this time, end Houston's nine-game winning streak

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.
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