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The Lynx didn't make use of a huge advantage on the inside in their season-opening loss to the Sparks. "How do you have that big an advantage and you can't exploit it?' coach Cheryl Reeve asked.
Pushed by Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve to be great, prodded by assistant coach James Wade in workouts before and after every practice, Sylvia Fowles went from very good to historically dominant last season.
The Lynx and Sparks have their last split 16 games (and the last two WNBA titles). "This has been awesome for women's basketball,'' Lynx guard Seimone Augustus said.
The Lynx kick off their 20th season with a rematch of the past two WNBA Finals.
The Star Tribune's Kent Youngblood lays out the case for what the team needs this season to succeed.
The Star Tribune's Kent Youngblood breaks down the WNBA entering the 2018 season.
The Lynx have reached the WNBA championship series six of the past seven years but have yet to win back-to-back. "We have a small, limited time to get it done," Seimone Augustus said.
Kizer left the team's final preseason game Saturday in the first half with a sacroiliac joint issue. Her return to action will depend on if she can play through the soreness.
Less scoring and more assists by the longest-standing member of the franchise helped fuel Sylvia Fowles' MVP year.
Tanisha Wright is one of the best defensive players of her generation. So perhaps what the Lynx did to acquire her should be called a full-court press.
Both players are coming off confidence-boosting stints in Europe, and hoping they'll get more minutes during the 2018 season, which begins May 20.
Sunday in Des Moines the Lynx turned the ball over 15 times while making 14 baskets in the first half.
Lindsay Whalen went from seriously considering retiring from the Lynx to becoming one of the busiest women in Minnesota when she decided to keep playing -- and was named coach of the Gophers.
Point guard Danielle Robinson scored 18 points in 22 minutes and Tanisha Wright showed her defensive skills in a preseason loss to Washington that featured the Lynx' new bench.
Lynetta Kizer looks to be the primary backup for Rebekkah Brunson. But that role is in flux. Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve has been surprised at Kizer's ability to guard smaller forwards.
Lynx star Seimone Augustus says Danielle Robinson is the fastest player in the WNBA. She's expected to help the Lynx on defense and in their running game.
After she was taken by the Lynx with the final pick of the WNBA draft, Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve and Carlie Wagner had a talk about the future.
As has been the case for years now, the core of the Lynx's success -- the starters -- is back. But after that? All sorts of newcomers.
The Wolves went from being in position to tie the best-of-seven series at two games each to trying to explain how the Rockets managed to score 50 points in 12 minutes.
The Wolves said their confidence had not been dented. "Absolutely not," Karl-Anthony Towns said. "We will be ready [for Game 5]."
Pressure builds in the NBA playoffs? Don't tell the young forward that.
In Saturday night's 121-105 Game 3 victory over the Rockets at Target Center, the Wolves had 29 assists and only seven turnovers.
Jimmy Butler on Saturday didn't let an apparent ankle injury slow him at Target Center. "That shows you how much he wanted this," Derrick Rose said. "He's the leader on this team."
Karl-Anthony Towns is struggling in the playoffs, but he isn't paying attention to outsiders' observations.
While being outscored 7-3, outshot 84-37 and falling behind 0-2 in their first-round playoff series with Winnipeg, the Wild has had its offense through the neutral zone disrupted by the Jets.
Tom Thibodeau's more recent attempt to reunite his old Chicago Bulls team might be in a position to pay dividends in the Wolves' upcoming playoff series with Houston.
The Lynx were active in Thursday night's WNBA draft, picking up Gophers guard Carlie Wagner and trading for a 6-3 forward from Gonzaga.
Gophers players excited over new coach, too, Wagner says.
Despite a neck so painful he couldn't finish Monday's game, Gibson played, and played especially well when it mattered most.
The Lynx have two picks in the second round – No. 17 and No. 24 – and the final pick in the third round, 36th overall.
The Wolves got a needed victory to set up a one-game showdown with Denver at Target Center. The loser stays home for the postseason.
Gibson's status for Wednesday's crucial regular-season finale with Denver could be in doubt.
Timberwolves assistants Rick Brunson and Ed Pinckney were able to be in San Antonio on Monday night for Villanova's national championship victory. Both have a rooting interest in the Wildcats.
A night full of stumbles required a late rescue from the veteran.
Cleared for contact, the All-Star accompanied the team to Dallas just so he could take that next step.
Wright, whose defensive prowess allows her to guard both guards and forwards, left to become an assistant coach at North Carolina-Charlotte last season.
The Twins are returning to their long-time radio home after the Pohlad family decided that mixing baseball with the music format on 96.3 FM didn't work well.
Wolves coach Thibodeau said he talked to his team about the need to be mentally ready to bounce back on Wednesday against Atlanta.
After losing at home Monday, 101-93, to a Memphis team that had lost 23 of its past 24 games before coming to Target Center, the Wolves will try to rebound against the Atlanta Hawks, the worst team in the NBA East.
Memphis had won only one of its last 24 games, lost 17 in a row on the road and been beaten by 61 points last week before coming to Target center. 'This is the worst loss,' guard Jeff Teague said.
Tre Jones and Apple Valley lost in the Class 4A title game. Then Tyus' college team, Duke, lost to Kansas for a chance to go to the Final Four.
Eric Staal hasn't reached the 40-goal mark since 2008-09.
It should help the Wolves that In their final 10 games they play just four games against teams with winning records.
Point guard Jeff Teague has been at his freelancing best recently. Will he keep that up when Jimmy Butler returns from his knee injury?
Back with the team, the All-Star guard continues to rehab as the Wolves pursue a playoff spot.
The assistant coach got home from Vancouver in time to watch son Mason play for Minnetonka, which defeated Duluth East for the Class 2A boys' hockey title Saturday.
Cheryl Reeve has pushed to expand the way the Lynx prepares, both for April's draft and for the upcoming season when the Lynx will try to win their fifth WNBA title in eight years.
His minutes having spiked since Jimmy Butler's knee injury, Nemanja Bjelica continues to get more aggressive. Thursday he scored a career-high 30 points and had 12 rebounds. He also played 40 or more minutes for the second consecutive game.
After poor play on the road last week, the Wild hopes to this time keep games under control against Vancouver and Edmonton.
With 16 games left the Wolves are 38-28. They are in a virtual tie with San Antonio and New Orleans for fourth in the West, one game behind Portland, but just two games from being out of the playoff picture.
Karl-Anthony Towns and Jeff Teague admitted to losing their cool at Utah, where both were ejected during a game the Wolves went on to lose.
The team said he will be out indefinitely, but Jimmy Butler has been telling people he intends to return for the playoffs after hurting his knee in Houston.
Playing their first game without the injured Jimmy Butler and just hours after arriving back to Minnesota after team plane issues, the Timberwolves hunkered down for a win.
No team played more games in January than the Wolves, so the week-long All-Star break was a chance to gear up for a final 21-game push.
Coaches and training partners predict future Olympic success.
The team is third in the West but needs to work harder to survive a tough post-All-Star-break stretch.
The Wolves, who had their 13-game home winning streak broken by Houston on Tuesday, started another Thursday on a night when the late Flip Saunders was honored pregame.
It was Flip Saunders Night at Target Center, honoring the man who did so much for basketball in the state, a man lost to Hodgkins lymphoma two years ago.
It only took the mention of Flip Saunders' name for Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau go all "six degrees of sentimentality." at Wednesday's practice.
Lindsay Whalen is building her experience as a basketball commentator while playing for the Lynx as long as possible.
The Wolves scored the game's first nine points, led New Orleans by 18 not long thereafter and held on for the wire-to-wire win. It was another impressive outing on their home court.
Wiggins scored 15 points Saturday night, giving him 5,996 for his career. Wednesday at Cleveland, he presumably will be the sixth-youngest player in league history to reach 6,000 points.
A history of the Super Bowl, from before it was the Super Bowl
The Minnesota Lynx's journey through free agency got a little more challenging with the news that backup guard Renee Montgomery has signed with Atlanta.
With All-Star guard Jimmy Butler healthy and back in the lineup, he wants teammate Andrew Wiggins to keep pushing his limits.
The Wolves are 10-0 in their last 10 home games, and 6-0 when playing on the heels of a two-game losing streak.
The Wolves went 2-2 without All-Star Jimmy Butler this time, after suffering back-to-back one-sided losses when Butler was sick early in the season.
Andrew Wiggins' dominant play helped make up for the absence of ailing Jamal Crawford and Jimmy Butler.
Jimmy Butler, the team's leading scorer, missed the game with a sore right knee. Jamal Crawford, one of the team's best scorers off the bench, has a sprained left big toe.
The Wolves just completed the second 5-0 homestand in franchise history and have won 12 of their past 15 games.
More and more, the accepted offensive formula for winning in the NBA includes lots of three-pointers plus lots of lay-ups and dunks. The Wolves aren't going there.
The Wolves completed only the second 5-0 homestand in franchise history (the other one was 17 years ago) and have won their last eight games at home.
The Wolves will finish up a five-game homestand Sunday against Portland looking for just their second 5-0 homestand ever.
New York shot north of 55 percent for much of Friday night's game but the Wolves opened the fourth quarter on a 24-6 win to take control in front of yet another sold-out crowd.
Eleven months after a torn ACL ended his 20016-17 season - and his time in Minnesota - Zach LaVine is set to return Saturday when the Bulls host Detroit at United Center.
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