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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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Wolves reserve Rudez was ready when his chance came

Wolves reserve Rudez was ready when his chance came

Little-used Damjan Rudez played quality minutes and was a factor in Wednesday's victory over the Clippers.

PARDON THE INTERRUPTION | AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW, AT LEAST UNTIL SID ARRIVED

Two years after parlaying his job coordinating the Vikings' explosive 1998 offense into a head coaching job in Baltimore, Brian Billick had the Ravens in…
Lynx re-sign playoff MVP Fowles, Montgomery; trade Peters to Fever

Lynx re-sign playoff MVP Fowles, Montgomery; trade Peters to Fever

Free agents Sylvia Fowles and Renee Montgomery agreed to stay with Lynx while the team traded Devereaux Peters to Indiana for Natasha Howard.
Wild hoping for another second-half surge into playoffs

Wild hoping for another second-half surge into playoffs

It is an indication of how difficult January was for Wild that the team fell out of the playoff picture while on All-Star break.
Lynx coach Reeve mixed on new WNBA schedule

Lynx coach Reeve mixed on new WNBA schedule

Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve liked the past format, but she is open to the changes.
Wolves playing at quicker pace per Mitchell's prodding

Wolves playing at quicker pace per Mitchell's prodding

That pleases their coach, but wins still scarce for young team.
Oklahoma City offers developing Wolves hope for the future

Oklahoma City offers developing Wolves hope for the future

Zach LaVine said being pushed showed the coaches care about him. Then he joked: "As much as they're on me, they must love me to death."
Wiggins lets play do the talking against Cavs

Wiggins lets play do the talking against Cavs

It's not just bright lights and big stars that have prompted Andrew Wiggins to shoot nearly 60 percent and average nearly 30 points in three games against Cleveland, where the Wolves play tonight.
Garnett heaps praise on Towns, mum on Mitchell

Garnett heaps praise on Towns, mum on Mitchell

Kevin Garnett spoke Saturday on a number of issues. On some he was rather effusive. On others, not so much.
Wolves find a way to pull out victory over Memphis

Wolves find a way to pull out victory over Memphis

They let a double-digit lead vanish again but finished strong for a rare victory over an above-.500 team.
Wolves like what they saw in victory against Suns

Wolves like what they saw in victory against Suns

There are times, especially recently, when watching film from games wasn't the most pleasant experience for Wolves players. For at least one day, that changed.
Mitchell defends his coaching style: 'It's bigger than me'

Mitchell defends his coaching style: 'It's bigger than me'

Interim coach Sam Mitchell addressed his future with the team before Sunday's game, saying that developing players is still more important than winning for the Wolves.
Wolves bust losing streak with 30-point victory

Wolves bust losing streak with 30-point victory

For the first time in 10 games and only the second time in 15, the Wolves won. Phoenix was without two starters and has won only once in its last 14 games.
Mitchell sure his way is right way for young team

Mitchell sure his way is right way for young team

Interim coach Sam Mitchell says a patient approach worked for him as the coach in Toronto. "Explain to me how we're blocking the young guys?" Mitchell asked.
Wild shut out for first time this season, 1-0 by Jets

Wild shut out for first time this season, 1-0 by Jets

The Wild's struggling offense went as low as it can go Friday, a shutout good for a third consecutive loss.
Wild notes: Players turn out at party for pediatric cancer patients

Wild notes: Players turn out at party for pediatric cancer patients

Zach Parise, 12 of his teammates, retired Wild player Keith Ballard and Twins player Joe Mauer held a skating and pizza party for current and former patients of Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.
Talk it out: Parise, Yeo spend much of Wild practice in conversation

Talk it out: Parise, Yeo spend much of Wild practice in conversation

Zach Parise and Wild coach Mike Yeo talked alone for about half of Thursday's practice. The Wild is 0-2-1 in its past three at home and 2-4-1 in its past seven.
Wolves losing streak hits 7 despite fine play by LaVine, Muhammad

Wolves losing streak hits 7 despite fine play by LaVine, Muhammad

The loss to Oklahoma City was the Wolves 11th in 12 games and ended a homestand in which they lost all four games.
Big men from three generations respect those before them

Big men from three generations respect those before them

Tuesday's game between the Wolves and Oklahoma City at Target Center was a meeting of the big man mutual admiration society, one encompassing three generations of players, at least in NBA career terms: Kevin Garnett, Kevin Durant and Karl-Anthony Towns.
Reeve reaches agreement to remain as Lynx coach

Reeve reaches agreement to remain as Lynx coach

Reeve came to Minnesota in 2010, going 13-21 in her first season. Since then, starting in 2011, the Lynx have gone a combined 127-43 in the regular season, won the WNBA's Western Conference title four times and won the title three times, including in 2015.
LaVine puts in extra work, hoping to shed slump

LaVine puts in extra work, hoping to shed slump

The second-year Wolves guard is hitting the gym to work through a cold spell.
After 10 months, Wolves' Pekovic gets back in the game

After 10 months, Wolves' Pekovic gets back in the game

Nikola Pekovic took a pass from Gorgui Dieng and scored only 22 seconds into his first action since March. He finished with 12 points and two rebounds in 16 minutes.
Frank discussion at practice is first step for struggling Wolves

Frank discussion at practice is first step for struggling Wolves

The Wolves cleared the air Tuesday during a lengthy meeting among players and coaches, but will it lead to victories? "I think we've touched bottom now," guard Ricky Rubio said.
Mitchell: Losing focus leads to Wolves losses

Mitchell: Losing focus leads to Wolves losses

Timberwolves interim head coach Sam Mitchell believes his team's young players are capable but need to concentrate better and for longer.
Garnett has deep appreciation for longtime foe

Garnett has deep appreciation for longtime foe

Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan squared off again, in what might be the final season for both.
Wolves pay a visit to KG's two former teams

Wolves pay a visit to KG's two former teams

Back-to-back games at Brooklyn and Boston have Kevin Garnett looking back.
Wiggins, Wolves make lineup change look like a winner

Wiggins, Wolves make lineup change look like a winner

A starting group that had success early in the season got another chance, and defeated Sacramento on Friday night.
Wolves' Miller knows how to take it slow

Wolves' Miller knows how to take it slow

Andre Miller can go games without playing, then he will find himself on the court playing 20 or even 30 minutes.
Bad combo: Wolves not scoring enough, not defending as losses mount

Bad combo: Wolves not scoring enough, not defending as losses mount

Crushed by Denver on Tuesday night, the Wolves have lost seven of eight and interim coach Sam Mitchell hinted at changes ahead.
Wolves' Towns knows Porzingis is big; now, he's up next

Wolves' Towns knows Porzingis is big; now, he's up next

for the first time in their careers, Karl-Anthony Towns and Kristaps Porzingis will meet on the court Wednesday in New York.
Wolves' use of LaVine's guard skills is a hot topic

Wolves' use of LaVine's guard skills is a hot topic

Sam Mitchell remains convinced LaVine will benefit from time at point guard. That's why, in the short term, he will continue to get minutes there.
It's Kobe's night, but Martin's 37 points help Wolves beat Lakers in overtime

It's Kobe's night, but Martin's 37 points help Wolves beat Lakers in overtime

Kobe Bryant made his first three shots, including a three-pointer. But he made only two of his next 10, and he remained on the bench as the crowd chanted for his return later in the game.
Bryant influenced more than a generation of budding NBA stars

Bryant influenced more than a generation of budding NBA stars

Rising Timberwolves' stars Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins and Zach LaVine were 1 years old when Bryant made his NBA debut.
Clippers retain their mastery over Timberwolves

Clippers retain their mastery over Timberwolves

Monday's loss — the Wolves' fourth consecutive overall — was the 14th straight against the Clippers.
In rare interview, Garnett says he appreciates milestones, relationships

In rare interview, Garnett says he appreciates milestones, relationships

Kevin Garnett doesn't talk with the media a whole lot these days. But, whenever he does, the Wolves veteran forward is invariably compelling.
Off to Idaho: Tyus Jones goes to D-League to gain playing time

Off to Idaho: Tyus Jones goes to D-League to gain playing time

General manager Milt Newton said the plan is to give Jones a stint of six or seven games with the Idaho Stampede, during which he will be scouted steadily by the Wolves.
In need of playing time, Jones sent from Wolves to D-League Idaho

In need of playing time, Jones sent from Wolves to D-League Idaho

The fourth-string point guard from Apple Valley has played in only two of 19 games all season.
Wild's Parise eager to rediscover his old form

Wild's Parise eager to rediscover his old form

Parise has no goals and one assist in the four games since his return. This after getting seven goals and two assists in his first seven games.
Mitchell won't monitor Rubio's minutes: 'I don't coach that way.'

Mitchell won't monitor Rubio's minutes: 'I don't coach that way.'

The job of monitoring Ricky Rubio's health sits with Rubio and Arnie Kander, who said he has sometimes been more cautious than the Wolves guard would like.
Lynx assistant Petersen interviews for coaching job with Sun

Lynx assistant Petersen interviews for coaching job with Sun

Originally hired as a Lynx assistant in 2008, Petersen was kept on the staff when Cheryl Reeve became coach in 2010 and has been part of three WNBA championships.
Vikings get good news on injured defensive stars

Vikings get good news on injured defensive stars

Safety Harrison Smith and defensive end Everson Griffen worked out after missing practice Tuesday and Wednesday.
Wolves' subs fend off Atlanta 99-95, complete season sweep of Hawks

Wolves' subs fend off Atlanta 99-95, complete season sweep of Hawks

Andrew Wiggins and four reserves stayed on the floor to stop Atlanta.
Wolves notes: Wiggins flies by first line of defense

Wolves notes: Wiggins flies by first line of defense

When Andrew Wiggins is in attack mode late in a close game, the first thing he looks at when he gets the ball is not the fellow guarding him.
Is shooting slump over for Wolves' Martin?

Is shooting slump over for Wolves' Martin?

In the five games before Monday, Kevin Martin had shot 25 percent and averaged 7.6 points. He hit a key three-pointer in the victory that might shake his slow start to the season.
Will Wolves lineup change help Kevin Martin shake slump?

Will Wolves lineup change help Kevin Martin shake slump?

Hoping to help veteran guard Kevin Martin shake his recent shooting slump and determined to give younger players more playing time, coach Sam Mitchell has changed his starting lineup and altered his rotation.
Wolves' LaVine is beginning to get the point

Wolves' LaVine is beginning to get the point

One of the livelier debates this young season among those regularly watching the Wolves is where Zach LaVine should play.
Young Wolves suffer another bumpy loss

Young Wolves suffer another bumpy loss

In a game in which Kevin Garnett passed yet another milestone in his decades-long career, the Timberwolves youth movement took another bumpy ride.
Wolves notes: Garnett reaches 50,000 minutes

Wolves notes: Garnett reaches 50,000 minutes

Kevin Garnett played a season-high 24 minutes Sunday, and in the proces went over 50,000 for his NBA career.
Vikings notes: Bridgewater questionable but Zimmer expects him to play

Vikings notes: Bridgewater questionable but Zimmer expects him to play

Teddy Bridgewater was a full participant in the Vikings' practice Friday, although coach Mike Zimmer said Bridgewater had not been officially cleared under the league's concussion protocol.
Wolves' Wiggins, Rubio sidelined because of knee injuries

Wolves' Wiggins, Rubio sidelined because of knee injuries

Along with sitting out Kevin Garnett for the second game of a back-to-back, that left interim coach Sam Mitchell with a starting lineup of Karl-Anthony Towns, Tayshaun Prince, Adreian Payne, Kevin Martin and Zach LaVine.
Hornets pull away from depleted Wolves

Hornets pull away from depleted Wolves

Without three starters -- Andrew Wiggins, Ricky Rubio and Kevin Garnett -- they fell to 0-3 at Target Center.
Veteran Miami schools youthful Wolves 96-84

Veteran Miami schools youthful Wolves 96-84

In Thursday's loss, the Wolves' Karl Anthony Towns was 3-for-13 for six points and four rebounds. Andrew Wiggins was 5-for-18 for 12 points.
Wolves' Bjelica learning what is, isn't a foul in NBA

Wolves' Bjelica learning what is, isn't a foul in NBA

Nemanja Bjelica's transition from European basketball to the NBA has included a nightly course on what constitutes a foul.
Wiggins adjusts to new role with Wolves, now needs to work on scoring

Wiggins adjusts to new role with Wolves, now needs to work on scoring

Andrew Wiggins is shooting 30 percent through three games and is 0-for-6 on three-point shots. In Monday's loss to Portland, Wiggins made just five of 17 shots while scoring 16 points.
Wolves' Mitchell knows team's pain will linger

Wolves' Mitchell knows team's pain will linger

While it probably won't be easy at any point this season, the Wolves, having played through the emotion of Monday's tribute to Flip Saunders, might now find it easier to focus on basketball.
Once Flip tribute ended, Lillard got started

Once Flip tribute ended, Lillard got started

Portland's star guard kept the Blazers close early and finished with 34 points.
Kuemper steps up preparation for possible start

Kuemper steps up preparation for possible start

Backup goalie Darcy Kuemper has been waiting for a week for another chance in net.
Niederreiter's third-period goal stands up for Wild

Niederreiter's third-period goal stands up for Wild

Nino Niederreiter's goal 32 seconds into the third period broke a 4-4 tie and the Wild held on to complete the victory over Chicago.
Wolves notes: Rubio pain free, but is he ready for the season?

Wolves notes: Rubio pain free, but is he ready for the season?

After being limited to 22 games last season by an ankle injury that ultimately required surgery in April, Ricky Rubio missed much of the preseason with a quad strain
Saunders remembered at Wolves practice; team still 'shocked'

Saunders remembered at Wolves practice; team still 'shocked'

The Wolves are attempting to move forward as best they can, a challenge given the heaviness of the news but a necessity given their season begins in just two days in Los Angeles against the Lakers.
Wolves win final preseason game, 112-108 over Milwaukee

Wolves win final preseason game, 112-108 over Milwaukee

Karl-Anthony Towns had 18 points and 12 rebounds, his second double-double of the preseason, to lead the Wolves at Target Center.
Now in the NBA, Jones and Vaughn go way back

Now in the NBA, Jones and Vaughn go way back

Tyus Jones and Rashad Vaughn first became friends in elementary school when they played together on a Minneapolis AAU team.
Muhammad still hopes to be a Wolves starter

Muhammad still hopes to be a Wolves starter

Coach Sam Mitchell prefers having former UCLA star Shabazz Muhammad come off the bench, for now.
Reeve: Lynx veterans still in their prime, but changes needed

Reeve: Lynx veterans still in their prime, but changes needed

Cheryl Reeve expects Seimone Augustus, Lindsay Whalen and Rebekkah Brunson to return to form. But she added that fans will see changes in next season's roster.
Dynasty: Lynx win third WNBA title, this time in front of fans

Dynasty: Lynx win third WNBA title, this time in front of fans

Behind a second-half surge, the Lynx pulled ahead of Indiana in Game 5 and won a third WNBA championship in five seasons. Midseason addition Sylvia Fowles led the way with 20 points.
Lynx, Fever down to single game for WNBA title

Lynx, Fever down to single game for WNBA title

The Lynx have a chance to win a third title in five seasons, an accomplishment that would land themselves alongside the early Houston teams in the conversation about the WNBA's most impressive dynasty.
Lynx have a chance to win WNBA title at home

Lynx have a chance to win WNBA title at home

They're counting on Target Center energy to help recapture crown.
Indiana defeats Lynx, forces deciding Game 5

Indiana defeats Lynx, forces deciding Game 5

Full-court Indiana pressure and foul trouble kept the Lynx from closing out the series in a 75-69 loss. The deciding Game 5 will be Wednesday at Target Center.
After last-second shot, Lynx star Moore ready for Game 4

After last-second shot, Lynx star Moore ready for Game 4

There was still a buzz Saturday about Maya Moore's Game 3 buzzer-beater Friday night. Moore, though, insisted that nothing was finished.
Moore's buzzer-beater puts Lynx one win away from WNBA title

Moore's buzzer-beater puts Lynx one win away from WNBA title

Maya Moore played just 22 minutes Friday night, but she scored 24 points including the game-winning three-pointer as time expired to give the Lynx a 2-1 advantage in the WNBA Finals.
Smaller Lynx lineup giving Indiana guards fits

Smaller Lynx lineup giving Indiana guards fits

With starting guard Lindsay Whalen struggling, reserve guards Anna Cruz and Renee Montgomery tormented Indiana in Game 2.
Lynx get physical to defeat Indiana, even championship series at one game each

Lynx get physical to defeat Indiana, even championship series at one game each

To the Lynx it was an aggressive game, the style they needed to play. To Indiana coach Stephanie White, the way the officials called the game turned it into a 'bloodbath.'
Lynx need more from veterans Augustus, Whalen in Game 2

Lynx need more from veterans Augustus, Whalen in Game 2

Rebuke after Game 1 loss gives way to agenda of helping Whalen succeed.
Shaky Lynx drop Game 1 of WNBA Finals at home

Shaky Lynx drop Game 1 of WNBA Finals at home

The Lynx turned the ball over 15 times and went 15-for-23 from the free-throw line in a sloppy home loss.
Lynx and Fever meet in WNBA Finals that's about veterans, not youth

Lynx and Fever meet in WNBA Finals that's about veterans, not youth

The Lynx have made a habit of reaching the finals, but it's anything but routine
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