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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 fall to lowly Suns once again

Wolves fall to lowly Suns once again

The Wolves were outscored 69-20 from the bench and outrebounded 52-31.
Crawford hoped to play more minutes when signing with Wolves

Crawford hoped to play more minutes when signing with Wolves

For Jamal Crawford, learning how be effective in the playing time he's been given has been a challenge.

Thibodeau adds Georges-Hunt to Wolves' thin rotation

Tom Thibodeau adjusted his rotation Thursday for the first time since he went essentially with a three-man bench these past two weeks.
Wolves claw out 97-92 victory over Dallas

Wolves claw out 97-92 victory over Dallas

Jimmy Butler's 10-point fourth quarter, and some stingy defense, helped Minnesota open a five-game homestand with a victory.
Tyus Jones not just a spectator to younger brother Tre

Tyus Jones not just a spectator to younger brother Tre

Wolves guard Tyus Jones checks in with younger brother Tre - who is Duke-bound after this season at Apple Valley - after nearly every game.
When Wolves go cold, Memphis ends 11-game losing streak

When Wolves go cold, Memphis ends 11-game losing streak

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.
Butler, Thibodeau lament Wolves' poor defense

Butler, Thibodeau lament Wolves' poor defense

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.
Memphis' Bickerstaff inheriting head-coaching job again

Memphis' Bickerstaff inheriting head-coaching job again

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.
Starters pile up minutes as Wolves suffer another fourth-quarter fade

Starters pile up minutes as Wolves suffer another fourth-quarter fade

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.
Jones starts again for Wolves, working his way to more minutes

Jones starts again for Wolves, working his way to more minutes

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.
Vikings in Super Bowl? Things just got more serious for planners

Vikings in Super Bowl? Things just got more serious for planners

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.
Towns gives back to charity on Thanksgiving

Towns gives back to charity on Thanksgiving

Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns spent Thanksgiving afternoon at the House of Charity in Minneapolis, serving free meals.
Out-of-sync Wolves fall 109-97 at home to Miami

Out-of-sync Wolves fall 109-97 at home to Miami

Miami on Friday buried the Wolves under an avalanche of three-pointers en route to the victory.
Wolves' fourth-quarter failings reason for concern

Wolves' fourth-quarter failings reason for concern

The final 12 minutes of Wednesday's game showed just how fragile the Wolves have been in the fourth quarter, especially of late.
Wolves nearly blow 26-point fourth-quarter lead in victory over Orlando

Wolves nearly blow 26-point fourth-quarter lead in victory over Orlando

The Wolves on Wednesday began a four-game homestand by ending a two-game losing streak - barely.
Timberwolves welcome four-game homestand

Timberwolves welcome four-game homestand

Wednesday's game against Orlando was the first of four in a row at Target Center over the coming week.
Foul finish: Pistons go on late-game run to beat Wolves again

Foul finish: Pistons go on late-game run to beat Wolves again

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.
Wolves notes: Dieng embarks on another durability streak

Wolves notes: Dieng embarks on another durability streak

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.
Mixing it up: Tyus Jones giving Wolves chemistry off the bench

Mixing it up: Tyus Jones giving Wolves chemistry off the bench

One thing coach Tom Thibodeau is looking for is the ability of a player coming off the bench to work well with the starters.
Gophers women clobber VCU 108-63, improve to 3-0

Gophers women clobber VCU 108-63, improve to 3-0

Thirteen Gophers played, 10 scored, and five were in double figures. Highly touted freshman Destiny Pitts recorded her first double-double.
Towns keeps his promise: Wolves end three years of losing to Spurs

Towns keeps his promise: Wolves end three years of losing to Spurs

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' Karl-Anthony Towns says NBA should rethink its marijuana ban

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'…
Stepping up: 7-3 Wolves measure themselves against Golden State

Stepping up: 7-3 Wolves measure themselves against Golden State

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.
Wolves beat Hornets for longest winning streak in over eight years

Wolves beat Hornets for longest winning streak in over eight years

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.
Second unit taking pressure off Wolves starters

Second unit taking pressure off Wolves starters

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).
Wolves to face Dallas with chance at four-game winning streak

Wolves to face Dallas with chance at four-game winning streak

Four-game streak would be first in nearly five years.
Wolves teammates want consistency in all areas from Towns

Wolves teammates want consistency in all areas from Towns

Once again, Friday against Oklahoma City, Karl-Anthony Towns showed how high the bar can be.
Wolves' Crawford is best at sixth-man role

Wolves' Crawford is best at sixth-man role

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.
Wiggins' buzzer-beater shows Wolves' new-found composure

Wiggins' buzzer-beater shows Wolves' new-found composure

"We have experience and veterans now,'' center Karl-Anthony Towns said. "And we are learning ways to win."
'He called game': Wiggins' last-second shot steals win from Thunder

'He called game': Wiggins' last-second shot steals win from Thunder

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.
Wolves' Jamal Crawford just needs a little spark

Wolves' Jamal Crawford just needs a little spark

For Jamal Crawford, the key to getting into a zone can be as simple as a drive to the hoop.
George, Westbrook, Anthony part of Thunder's chemistry experiment

George, Westbrook, Anthony part of Thunder's chemistry experiment

Can three volume scorers coexist on one team?
Thibodeau asks Wolves for more three-point shots

Thibodeau asks Wolves for more three-point shots

The keys to that number growing, the coach said, are transition play, getting threes off offensive rebounds and executing out of double teams.
Healthy Bjelica looks to regain touch with Wolves

Healthy Bjelica looks to regain touch with Wolves

The best stretch of his NBA career ended last year when he injured a foot.
Renovated Target Center lures Wolves back for an encore workout

Renovated Target Center lures Wolves back for an encore workout

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.
Lynx say it: Drive for five is alive

Lynx say it: Drive for five is alive

All the starters will return, so Cheryl Reeve likes her team's chances for another title.
Un4gettable: Lynx beat L.A. in Game 5 for fourth WNBA title

Un4gettable: Lynx beat L.A. in Game 5 for fourth WNBA title

Leading from start to finish, the Lynx captured their fourth WNBA championship in seven years to seal their dynasty.
More hardware: Fowles is WNBA Finals MVP

More hardware: Fowles is WNBA Finals MVP

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.
Lynx need to reignite offense to tie WNBA Finals series, or it's over

Lynx need to reignite offense to tie WNBA Finals series, or it's over

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.
'Anemic' Lynx trail from beginning to end in Game 3 loss to L.A.

'Anemic' Lynx trail from beginning to end in Game 3 loss to L.A.

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.
More often than not, Lynx-Sparks comes down to final possession

More often than not, Lynx-Sparks comes down to final possession

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.
Flipped script: Lynx grab big lead, hold off Sparks to win Game 2

Flipped script: Lynx grab big lead, hold off Sparks to win Game 2

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.
'That's what I call Loserville': Angry Reeve unimpressed with Lynx comeback

'That's what I call Loserville': Angry Reeve unimpressed with Lynx comeback

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.
After falling behind 28-2, frantic Lynx comeback falls just short

After falling behind 28-2, frantic Lynx comeback falls just short

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.
Ready for a rematch: High anticipation for Lynx-Sparks Finals

Ready for a rematch: High anticipation for Lynx-Sparks Finals

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.
How Lynx captivated a city and built from the floor up

How Lynx captivated a city and built from the floor up

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.
Owner chooses to stick with Lynx in WNBA Finals over Wolves in China

Owner chooses to stick with Lynx in WNBA Finals over Wolves in China

"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."
Moore vs. Beard: Epic clash of powers in Lynx-Sparks WNBA Finals

Moore vs. Beard: Epic clash of powers in Lynx-Sparks WNBA Finals

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.
Whalen sees WNBA Barn burner: 'Two great teams, a lot of great players'

Whalen sees WNBA Barn burner: 'Two great teams, a lot of great players'

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.
Reeve's revenge? 'I want every seat in that Barn filled'

Reeve's revenge? 'I want every seat in that Barn filled'

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.
Here's the score: Lynx shooting depth buries Mystics

Here's the score: Lynx shooting depth buries Mystics

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.
Whalen goes 'vintage Lindsay' at the Barn to lead Lynx to victory

Whalen goes 'vintage Lindsay' at the Barn to lead Lynx to victory

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.
'All the pain is worth it.' Fowles named WNBA's MVP

'All the pain is worth it.' Fowles named WNBA's MVP

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.
Not perfect, but Lynx guard Montgomery has her mojo back

Not perfect, but Lynx guard Montgomery has her mojo back

Once Renee Montgomery stopped worrying about being perfect with Lindsay Whalen sidelined, the 30-year-old veteran thrived for the Lynx.
'Bombarded': Lynx use hot shooting to stomp Mystics in Game 1

'Bombarded': Lynx use hot shooting to stomp Mystics in Game 1

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.
Maya Moore delivering for Lynx when they need it most

Maya Moore delivering for Lynx when they need it most

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 get used to The Barn, prepare for Mystics in WNBA semifinals

Lynx get used to The Barn, prepare for Mystics in WNBA semifinals

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.
Back in the Barn: Whalen returns with Lynx to old Gophers home

Back in the Barn: Whalen returns with Lynx to old Gophers home

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.
Converting the Barn: Lynx making big changes for WNBA playoffs

Converting the Barn: Lynx making big changes for WNBA playoffs

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.
Whalen returns to give Lynx a hand for WNBA playoffs

Whalen returns to give Lynx a hand for WNBA playoffs

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.
Lynx topple Mystics, gain home-court advantage for WNBA playoffs

Lynx topple Mystics, gain home-court advantage for WNBA playoffs

The Lynx, behind Maya Moore's 26 points, finished the season one game ahead of Los Angeles.
Not just another home game: Lynx officially awarded 2018 WNBA All-Star Game

Not just another home game: Lynx officially awarded 2018 WNBA All-Star Game

Lynx's success rewarded by WNBA with 2018 All-Star Game at Target Center
Fowles shows MVP skills as Lynx thrash Sky, stay atop playoff standings

Fowles shows MVP skills as Lynx thrash Sky, stay atop playoff standings

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.

Sylvia Fowles, Lynx agree on contract extension

Star center found niche and fit in well, making new contract a logical next step for both sides.
Reeve acknowledges Lynx rookie Jones 'deserved more time'

Reeve acknowledges Lynx rookie Jones 'deserved more time'

Alexis Jones has played little this season, but that might change after the rookie played her best game yet on Wednesday.
Future star? Lynx sign 21-year-old Italian forward Zandalasini

Future star? Lynx sign 21-year-old Italian forward Zandalasini

Lynx fans should consider the Lynx's announcing the signing of Italian forward Cecilia Zandalasini as something of a pre-emptive strike.
Lynx star Lindsay Whalen breaks bone in hand, has surgery

Lynx star Lindsay Whalen breaks bone in hand, has surgery

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.
Lynx know WNBA All-Star Game is made for memories — they have many

Lynx know WNBA All-Star Game is made for memories — they have many

Two Lynx players will start for the West in Saturday's All-Star Game, two more will be reserves.
Fowles goes 'top level' as Lynx crush Dallas 100-74

Fowles goes 'top level' as Lynx crush Dallas 100-74

Lynx center Sylvia Fowles racked up another stellar game Wednesday afternoon, finishing with 24 points and 12 rebounds in 25 minutes vs. Dallas.
Brunson added to WNBA All-Star Game roster as injury replacement

Brunson added to WNBA All-Star Game roster as injury replacement

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.
Lynx's Augustus, a WNBA All-Star Game mainstay, named a reserve

Lynx's Augustus, a WNBA All-Star Game mainstay, named a reserve

This marks the seventh time Seimone Augustus has been named to an all-star team since she entered the league in 2006.
Showing off success: Lynx want to host 2018 All-Star Game

Showing off success: Lynx want to host 2018 All-Star Game

"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.
After slow first half, Lynx crush shorthanded Phoenix

After slow first half, Lynx crush shorthanded Phoenix

Turning up the pressure helped fuel an 18-0 run that blew the game open in front of 10,022 fans at the X.
Lynx look to fix defense in home-and-home series with Phoenix

Lynx look to fix defense in home-and-home series with Phoenix

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.
Moore, Fowles named as starters in WNBA All-Star Game

Moore, Fowles named as starters in WNBA All-Star Game

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.
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