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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.
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.
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.
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 NHL said the Detroit forward's actions were not accidental or inadvertent.
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.
Mikko Koivu scored the only goal in the shootout while Devan Dubnyk was strong again.
The 33-year-old had surgery in October to repair his right shoulder.
Wolves coach Tom Thibodueau said Wiggins has grown as a playmaker, but has to do more.He will get the opportunity.
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.
Brandon Rush — who figures to absorb most of LaVine's minutes — and Ricky Rubio have both come back from ACL injuries.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Karl-Anthony Towns' big night kept the Wolves hot at the Nets' expense.
There are certain things Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau wants to see from his bench, whether or not the shots are falling.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Coach Tom Thibodeau had no comment on Adrian Wojnarowski's Yahoo Sports report that said the Wolves were "actively shopping" point guard Ricky Rubio.
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.
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.
"I thought we played a low-energy game," Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau said. "And that hurt us on both sides of the ball."
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.
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.
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.
Brandon Rush gave the Wolves some needed outside shooting in a spot start against Houston on Wednesday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Up by eight, the Wolves didn't make a field goal after Zach LaVine hit a three-pointer with 4:41 left
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.
Four days off before a California trip came at the right time, according to the team's coach.
The reserve forward hopes to build on his 22-point game against 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.
Giannis Antetokounmpo's all-around skill set at 6-11 has been eye-opening
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).
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.
Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins and Zach LaVine combined for 13 three-pointers vs. Hawks.
"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.
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.
Gorgui Dieng handles a lot of "little" things to help the Wolves.
Devan Dubnyk has traveled long road to a likely duel with Montreal's Carey Price.
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.
Trailing by 12 with 2:20 left, Houston rallied for its 10th win in a row.
Houston Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni already has coached one MVP point guard, and he could be in the process of doing it again.
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.
Rivals in high school. Both played for multiple teams trying to find the right spot. Both had Development League stints.
The reserves combined for 83 points in games at New York and Charlotte.
Ricky Rubio, Andrew Wiggins and Gorgui Dieng all hit key three-pointers to spark the victory.
The Wolves lost to New York for the second time in three games.
A quick look at Friday's game.
The players that finished 1-2 in Rookie of the Year voting squared off for the second time in three days.
Wolves CEO Ethan Casson's career followed the path he planned.
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.
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.
In a Wolves locker room nearly as quiet as the Target Center had been just moments before, the frustration was palpable but the answers were elusive.
Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau didn't know what his future would hold when, during his one season out of the NBA, he included the Utah Jazz as one of his many visits. Turns out he got a good look at a team that is following a very similar path as the Wolves are now.
The Wolves played very well while building a 10-point halftime lead. The team came out the locker room and grew that lead to 13 after three. And then?
Andrew Wiggins decided not to play for the Canadian team in an Olympic qualifier, opting instead to spend the summer in the gym. His 301 points are the most in team history for the first 11 games..
Andrew Wiggins, Karl-Anthony Towns and Gorgui Dieng led the way in a big way, each finishing with a double-double that left even hard-to-please Tom Thibodeau with nothing but praise.
Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid were on the same court together for the first time since college when the Wolves played host to Philadelphia on Thursday.
Zach LaVine knows that the Wolves need to fix their major problem this season, coming out flat and blowing second-half leads. It's taking a toll on the team's morale.
Days after interviewing for the Wild's head coaching job, Bruce Boudreau interviewed in Ottawa, where his daughter lives.
The Timberwolves point guard, injured in the team's second game, was listed as questionable for Saturday's game. But coach Tom Thibodeau indicated Rubio could be ready.
Coach Tom Thibodeau canceled practice Friday, instead holding a long film session before taking off for Saturday's game in Oklahoma City
Thursday night, for the second straight game, Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau had a starting five that included four players aged 22 or younger.
The Timberwolves went 0-for-7 from three-point range in the third quarter, and lost another big lead to fall to 1-3 on the season.
Point guard Ricky Rubio, who sprained his right elbow in the fourth quarter Saturday in Sacramento, is sidelined indefinitely.
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