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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
Today's most talented WNBA players don't have to look to the NBA for on-court role models.
Maya Moore finds ways to elevate the Lynx even when her shot isn't falling.
Rebekkah Brunson, Diana Taurasi and Sue Bird hold the WNBA records for career rebounds, points and assists.
Maya Moore hit five of six free throws in the final 13.9 seconds to hold off the Liberty on a night when Lynx starters were pushed to the limit.
The WNBA's postseason format, rewarding the top two teams with byes while forcing others into one-and-done playoff games, adds extra importance to the Lynx' 10 remaining regular-season games.
Erlana Larkins made the most of her seven-day contract, and a second could be on the way.
Lindsay Whalen was initially thought to have a nose injury.
Maya Moore, Sylvia Fowles and Seimone Augustus will play in the July 28 All-Star Game at Target Center. But Moore said she wouldn't be a team captain.
After losing for the third time in four games and dropping to eighth place in the WNBA, coach Cheryl Reeve said the Lynx need to regain their will to win.
The Lynx have beaten Los Angeles, Dallas twice and first-place Seattle at home, but lost to last-place Indiana and under .500 Las Vegas, too.
Lindsay Whalen had 22 points - her first 20-point game since August of 2016 - but Sylvia Fowles and Maya Moore never got going and the Lynx never led after halftime against the Aces.
The Lynx host an improving Las Vegas team Friday at Target Center. That's followed by home games against Connecticut on Sunday and Indiana on Wednesday.
Minnesota is 3-7 when Maya Moore fails to score 20 and 5-7 when Sylvia Fowles scores under 20. In the six games neither has scored 20 the Lynx are 0-6.
Reeve was tossed with about seven minutes left, but Sylvia Fowles smoothed everything over with 27 points and nine rebounds and Rebekkah Brunson became the WNBA's career leading rebounder.
A team that had averaged 85.6 points during its seven-game winning streak posted its lowest total since June 2013 in a 71-59 loss to Indiana and its lowest total at home since 2010.
Minnesota drubbed by Indiana, the WNBA's worst team.
Coach Cheryl Reeve said the team is in "a good place," but can't afford to drop its guard against last-place Indiana.
Maya Moore scored 24 points and Sylvia Fowles added 13 points and 15 rebounds as the Lynx remained the hottest team in the WNBA
Thanks to a 32-point effort from Maya Moore and 28 from Sylvia Fowles, the Lynx have won five in a row after Tuesday night's 12-point victory at Target Center
There are still things that need to be worked on, but the Lynx barely resemble the team that got off to a 3-6 start and made fans wonder what was going so wrong.
Many draft analysts had Keita Bates-Diop going higher. Some had him as a first-round pick. Some even speculated he might land with the Wolves at No. 20.
Through 11 games, Lindsay Whalen and Danielle Robinson are pretty much even in playing time, with Robinson working hard to pick up the Lynx's system.
The Lynx led by 18 after three quarters before stumbling down the stretch but still picked up a win, which was the only statistic Cheryl Reeve was worried about despite reaching a milestone.
Cecilia Zandalasini's work on both ends of the court has coach Cheryl Reeve determined to find more playing time for her.
Sylvia Fowles had 25 points and nine rebounds and Maya Moore had 20 points, six rebounds and four assists to lead the Lynx, who played Saturday for the first time in a week.
Katie Smith, who won two titles in Detroit with Bill Laimbeer as her head coach and Cheryl Reeve as her assistant, has been discovering the joys and frustrations of being the one in charge.
Coach Cheryl Reeve believes the Lynx still have the players to finish near the top of the WNBA. But they'll need to once again answer the challenge of an improving league.