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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 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.
D'Antoni a Rockets scientist when it comes to offense

D'Antoni a Rockets scientist when it comes to offense

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.
Wild's Dubnyk, Suter chosen for NHL All-Star Game

Wild's Dubnyk, Suter chosen for NHL All-Star Game

The league named 44 players to the All-Star Game, which has a 3-on-3 format featuring four 11-man teams. Bruce Boudreau will coach the Central Division team and three other players with Minnesota connections were chosen.
Latest loss another double-digit disaster for the Wolves

Latest loss another double-digit disaster for the Wolves

The loss to Utah was the 12th time Minnesota has lost a game in which it led by double digits, and players are at a loss to explain it.
Utah closes on 11-0 run to sink Wolves at Target Center

Utah closes on 11-0 run to sink Wolves at Target Center

Up by eight, the Wolves didn't make a field goal after Zach LaVine hit a three-pointer with 4:41 left
Wolves waive John Lucas III ahead of deadline to 'create flexibility'

Wolves waive John Lucas III ahead of deadline to 'create flexibility'

Signed Aug. 24, Lucas, who played for Thibodeau when both were with Chicago, appeared in only five games, averaging 2.2 minutes and 0.4 assists.
Wild gets a chance to recharge

Wild gets a chance to recharge

Four days off before a California trip came at the right time, according to the team's coach.
Wolves' Muhammad hopes his best game gets him going

Wolves' Muhammad hopes his best game gets him going

The reserve forward hopes to build on his 22-point game against Milwaukee.
Wolves share the wealth in victory over Milwaukee

Wolves share the wealth in victory over Milwaukee

In a game that featured the top two picks of the 2014 draft, Andrew Wiggins outscored Jabari Parker 31-20 and the Wolves walked away victorious.
Bucks building around versatile Antetokounmpo

Bucks building around versatile Antetokounmpo

Giannis Antetokounmpo's all-around skill set at 6-11 has been eye-opening
LaVine's long-range rhythm is right on for Wolves

LaVine's long-range rhythm is right on for Wolves

The guard has hit two or more threes in 12 of 13 games in December, shooting 45-for-97 in those games (46.4 percent).
Hill's call to extended action for Wolves came as surprise

Hill's call to extended action for Wolves came as surprise

After playing over 18 minutes against Oklahoma City on Sunday -- more than doubling his total playing time this season to that point -- Jordan Hill played six minutes Monday night, going scoreless with one rebound.
Wolves' 'Big Three' pops for 64 in crushing Hawks

Wolves' 'Big Three' pops for 64 in crushing Hawks

Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins and Zach LaVine combined for 13 three-pointers vs. Hawks.
LaVine scores 40 but Wolves take step back in loss to Kings

LaVine scores 40 but Wolves take step back in loss to Kings

"You can score points. Somebody is going to score. But did you make winning plays, defensively and offensively? Tom Thibodeau asked. Again, the answer was no.
Kings take the very good with the bad with DeMarcus Cousins

Kings take the very good with the bad with DeMarcus Cousins

Both compelling and controversial, DeMarcus Cousins came to the Target Center near the end of one of the stranger months of his career so far.
Wolves big man Gorgui Dieng is also glue guy

Wolves big man Gorgui Dieng is also glue guy

Gorgui Dieng handles a lot of "little" things to help the Wolves.
Wild's Dubnyk has a shot to grab NHL's spotlight

Wild's Dubnyk has a shot to grab NHL's spotlight

Devan Dubnyk has traveled long road to a likely duel with Montreal's Carey Price.
Wolves study aftermath - again - of blown lead, loss

Wolves study aftermath - again - of blown lead, loss

For the ninth time this season, the Wolves looked at film before practicing, trying to figure out how they let a double-digit lead turn into a loss.
Wolves let large late lead slip, fall to Rockets 111-109 in OT

Wolves let large late lead slip, fall to Rockets 111-109 in OT

Trailing by 12 with 2:20 left, Houston rallied for its 10th win in a row.
Wolves get up-close view of Harden's MVP-caliber play

Wolves get up-close view of Harden's MVP-caliber play

Houston Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni already has coached one MVP point guard, and he could be in the process of doing it again.
Rubio: Wolves 'didn't play with heart' in loss to Detroit

Rubio: Wolves 'didn't play with heart' in loss to Detroit

Another flop, this time a 27-point loss to the Pistons, left the Wolves raising the issues of attitude and effort in a quiet postgame locker room.
Buddies Aldrich, Leuer took similar road from Minnesota to NBA

Buddies Aldrich, Leuer took similar road from Minnesota to NBA

Rivals in high school. Both played for multiple teams trying to find the right spot. Both had Development League stints.
Wolves bench comes to life during road trip

Wolves bench comes to life during road trip

The reserves combined for 83 points in games at New York and Charlotte.
Down 10 in fourth quarter, Wolves rally, top Charlotte in OT

Down 10 in fourth quarter, Wolves rally, top Charlotte in OT

Ricky Rubio, Andrew Wiggins and Gorgui Dieng all hit key three-pointers to spark the victory.
Different venue, same result as Wolves stumble vs. Knicks again

Different venue, same result as Wolves stumble vs. Knicks again

The Wolves lost to New York for the second time in three games.

Game recap: New York 118, Wolves 114

A quick look at Friday's game.
Kristaps Porzingis, Karl-Anthony Towns class of 2015 draft

Kristaps Porzingis, Karl-Anthony Towns class of 2015 draft

The players that finished 1-2 in Rookie of the Year voting squared off for the second time in three days.
Business of sports always interested Wolves CEO Casson

Business of sports always interested Wolves CEO Casson

Wolves CEO Ethan Casson's career followed the path he planned.
47 points by Towns not enough as Knicks hold off late Wolves rally

47 points by Towns not enough as Knicks hold off late Wolves rally

Karl-Anthony Towns on Wednesday night had the third game with 45 points and 15 rebounds in franchise history but it wasn't enough against the Knicks.
Towns: Run of Wolves losses 'on my shoulders'

Towns: Run of Wolves losses 'on my shoulders'

After the Wolves had allowed the Utah Jazz nearly unfettered access to the basket in Monday's loss, Karl-Anthony Towns sat at his locker and took the blame for his team's slow start.
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