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For Jamal Crawford, learning how be effective in the playing time he's been given has been a challenge.
Tom Thibodeau adjusted his rotation Thursday for the first time since he went essentially with a three-man bench these past two weeks.
Jimmy Butler's 10-point fourth quarter, and some stingy defense, helped Minnesota open a five-game homestand with a victory.
Wolves guard Tyus Jones checks in with younger brother Tre - who is Duke-bound after this season at Apple Valley - after nearly every game.
Jimmy Butler scored 30 points again, but ended the game with a turnover, a missed shot and a sprained pinkie as the Wolves were held to two free throws in the final 3 minutes, 45 seconds.
Coach Tom Thibodeau and guard Jimmy Butler stressed the need for defensive focus after the Wolves struggled against Memphis, which ended an 11-game losing streak.
Former Gophers player and Wolves assistant J.B. Bickerstaff was named interim head coach of the Grizzlies after one of his best friends — David Fizdale — was fired 20 games into the season.
The Timberwolves starting five all played at least 37 minutes Tuesday night, and get little time to rest with a game tonight in New Orleans.
More and more, it appears Tyus Jones is gaining Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau's confidence, though Thibodeau was clear Jones needs to continue to work on his individual defense.
No team has played in a Super Bowl at its home stadium. If the Vikings make it, everything from aftermarket ticket prices to merchandise sales to the level of excitement in the Twin Cities would be ratcheted up.
Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns spent Thanksgiving afternoon at the House of Charity in Minneapolis, serving free meals.
Miami on Friday buried the Wolves under an avalanche of three-pointers en route to the victory.
The final 12 minutes of Wednesday's game showed just how fragile the Wolves have been in the fourth quarter, especially of late.
The Wolves on Wednesday began a four-game homestand by ending a two-game losing streak - barely.
Wednesday's game against Orlando was the first of four in a row at Target Center over the coming week.
Up 11 points after Shabazz Muhammad made two free throws with 9:57 to play, the Wolves were outscored by 14 the rest of the way and fell to 10-6 for the season.
Gorgui Dieng is back at the beginning after he missed three consecutive games, ending a streak of 175 straight, because of a sprained index finger on his shooting hand.
One thing coach Tom Thibodeau is looking for is the ability of a player coming off the bench to work well with the starters.
Thirteen Gophers played, 10 scored, and five were in double figures. Highly touted freshman Destiny Pitts recorded her first double-double.
While getting their first victory over the Spurs in 13 tries, the Wolves showed depth, persistence and a good bit of defense down the stretch.
Wolves center Karl-Anthony Towns has a big stage and some weighty opinions. Put the two together and it can be pretty thought-provoking.On Wednesday, Towns'…
Wednesday's game at Golden State is a chance for the Wolves — who have won five in a row for the first time since January of 2009 — to prove they might be ready to run with the NBA's elite.
Sunday night, the Timberwolves closed out back-to-back home games with back-to-back wins. They were led by new point guard Jeff Teague, who had 18 points and 12 assists.
Last season, with less depth forcing more minutes onto the starters, the Timberwolves ranked dead last in the league in points off the bench (22.8).
Four-game streak would be first in nearly five years.
Once again, Friday against Oklahoma City, Karl-Anthony Towns showed how high the bar can be.
Jamal Crawford reached an impressive milestone last week in Detroit, becoming just the second player in the past 35 years to score 10,000 points off the bench.
"We have experience and veterans now,'' center Karl-Anthony Towns said. "And we are learning ways to win."
Andrew Wiggins' final shot, a straightaway 30-foot bank shot as time expired, capped a frenzied finish in which Oklahoma City had taken the lead seconds earlier on a three-pointer by Carmelo Anthony.
For Jamal Crawford, the key to getting into a zone can be as simple as a drive to the hoop.
Can three volume scorers coexist on one team?
The keys to that number growing, the coach said, are transition play, getting threes off offensive rebounds and executing out of double teams.
The best stretch of his NBA career ended last year when he injured a foot.
The newly renovated Target Center will make its official debut in Friday's home opener. But the players and coaches have had a good look at it.
All the starters will return, so Cheryl Reeve likes her team's chances for another title.
Leading from start to finish, the Lynx captured their fourth WNBA championship in seven years to seal their dynasty.
Sylvia Fowles became the first player since Seattle's Lauren Jackson in 2010 to win both the WNBA MVP and Finals MVP in the same season.
The Lynx's starting guards were held scoreless in the Game 3 loss. ""At this point it's about a player wanting to do a little extra, do some dirty work," coach Cheryl Reeve said of her team on the brink.
The Sparks ended Friday's game on a 17-7 run over the Lynx to win the game and take a 2-1 WNBA Finals series lead L.A. can win the championship at home on Sunday.
In seven Finals games since 2016, the Lynx and Sparks are separated by six points — 545 for the Lynx, 539 for Los Angeles. "It's talent," Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said.
The Lynx led by as many as 20 points, but needed two huge defensive plays in the final 13.4 seconds to tie the best-of-5 WNBA Finals at one game each.
By the time coach Cheryl Reeve walked into Williams Arena on Monday, she had a lot to say about how her team opened Game 1 of the WNBA Finals by falling behind 28-2.
The comeback was no consolation for coach Cheryl Reeve after an 85-84 loss to the Sparks in Game 1 of the WNBA Finals at Williams Arena.
The Lynx and L.A. Sparks, the WNBA's two best teams, pick up where their scintillating Finals left off last year with Game 1 on Sunday. For the series winner, it will be a record-tying fourth title.
No longer a mere curiosity as they head into their sixth WNBA Finals in seven years, the Lynx are a dominant team in a city desperate for title chases.
"We're going to stay with the Lynx as they play out their run," Timberwolves and Lynx owner Glen Taylor said, adding: "That's our priority."
The upcoming series, just the second rematch in WNBA Finals history, is certainly setting up to be great. And so, in a microcosm, is the Maya Moore-Alana Beard matchup.
Former Gophers star Lindsay Whalen said all along that Williams Arena should be a big home-court advantage for the WNBA Finals. Her teammates are now believers.
If NBA fans waited through a whole season to see a Cleveland-Golden State rematch, WNBA fans have been waiting for the Lynx and Sparks in the finals.
The Lynx have more playoff experience than the Washington Mystics, to be sure. But they also have more scorers, and that's been quite obvious in Games 1 and 2.
The Lynx, guided by former Gophers star Lindsay Whalen and playing on the U's home court, ended Thursday night's game on a 20-8 run.
She has been elbowed, pushed and shoved in the post, attracting crowds like a carnival barker. But Lynx center Sylvia Fowles couldn't be stopped this season.
Once Renee Montgomery stopped worrying about being perfect with Lindsay Whalen sidelined, the 30-year-old veteran thrived for the Lynx.
The Lynx drained 12-of-17 three-pointers on Tuesday night and shot nearly 60 percent in the playoff semifinal rout of the Mystics. Game 2 is Thursday.
Over the final three regular-season games — as the Lynx drove to the top playoff seed — Moore shot 52.3 percent overall and 56.3 on three-pointers
Lynx players spent much of Sunday's practice at Williams getting used to the sight lines, the elevated court and the ambience of the building, which is nearly 90 years old.
Some scoffed at another venue change for the Lynx - this time for the WNBA playoffs - but Lindsay Whalen embraces the chance to step back on the Williams Arena court that made her a star.
The Lynx are trying to make a smooth transition to Williams Arena despite the cost and inconvenience. Part of the challenge is adding air conditioning to a 1920s-era building.
Lindsay Whalen had to knock the rust off, but her return to the Lynx after a month away with a broken hand was welcomed with the playoffs coming up next.
The Lynx, behind Maya Moore's 26 points, finished the season one game ahead of Los Angeles.
Lynx's success rewarded by WNBA with 2018 All-Star Game at Target Center
Friday's victory, led by center Sylvia Fowles, puts the Lynx 1½ games ahead of the Los Angeles Sparks for the top seed in the upcoming WNBA playoffs.
Star center found niche and fit in well, making new contract a logical next step for both sides.
Alexis Jones has played little this season, but that might change after the rookie played her best game yet on Wednesday.
Lynx fans should consider the Lynx's announcing the signing of Italian forward Cecilia Zandalasini as something of a pre-emptive strike.
Lindsay Whalen had surgery to repair a fracture on her left hand; Seimone Augustus will rejoin the Lynx for Sunday's game after a two-game absence.
Two Lynx players will start for the West in Saturday's All-Star Game, two more will be reserves.
Lynx center Sylvia Fowles racked up another stellar game Wednesday afternoon, finishing with 24 points and 12 rebounds in 25 minutes vs. Dallas.
Rebekkah Brunson was added as a replacement for injured Phoenix center Britney Griner and is the fourth member of the Lynx to be named to Saturday's game.
This marks the seventh time Seimone Augustus has been named to an all-star team since she entered the league in 2006.
"What better way to celebrate this team, this area that has embraced this team, than by having an All-Star Game here?" asked Lynx guard Seimone Augustus.
Turning up the pressure helped fuel an 18-0 run that blew the game open in front of 10,022 fans at the X.
The Lynx have had a week to analyze a lopsided loss to one of the WNBA's worst teams, last weekend's 100-76 disaster in Chicago.
The July 22 WNBA All-Star Game in Seattle will feature a Western Conference team with the Lynx's Cheryl Reeve as coach and Sylvia Fowles and Maya Moore as starters.
Thirteen games and a month and a half into a 34-game season, the Lynx and Mercury will finally play on Friday night in Phoenix. And that means Sylvia Fowles vs. Brittney Griner.
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