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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' Butler has meniscus surgery on knee

Wolves' Butler has meniscus surgery on knee

The team said he will be out indefinitely, but Butler has been telling people he intends to return for the playoffs.
Wolves shake off adversity to beat Chicago 122-104

Wolves shake off adversity to beat Chicago 122-104

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.
Wolves players recharged after welcome breather

Wolves players recharged after welcome breather

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.
'Classic Jessie.' Hometown friends celebrate Diggins' Olympic gold

'Classic Jessie.' Hometown friends celebrate Diggins' Olympic gold

Coaches and training partners predict future Olympic success.
Wolves happy but not satisfied as All-Star break hits

Wolves happy but not satisfied as All-Star break hits

The team is third in the West but needs to work harder to survive a tough post-All-Star-break stretch.
Wolves finish emotional night with comeback win over Lakers

Wolves finish emotional night with comeback win over Lakers

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.
Former Wolves players honor Flip Saunders

Former Wolves players honor Flip Saunders

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.
Night for Flip: Wolves will celebrate Saunders before Thursday's game

Night for Flip: Wolves will celebrate Saunders before Thursday's game

It only took the mention of Flip Saunders' name for Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau go all "six degrees of sentimentality." at Wednesday's practice.
Whalen closes door on future USA Basketball participation

Whalen closes door on future USA Basketball participation

Lindsay Whalen is building her experience as a basketball commentator while playing for the Lynx as long as possible.
'Different' again: Wolves stay hot at home, winning 12th straight

'Different' again: Wolves stay hot at home, winning 12th straight

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, at just 22, on cusp of a scoring milestone

Wiggins, at just 22, on cusp of a scoring milestone

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.
How 'another game' became the Super Bowl of today

How 'another game' became the Super Bowl of today

A history of the Super Bowl, from before it was the Super Bowl
Lynx lose guard Renee Montgomery to Atlanta, creating backcourt issues

Lynx lose guard Renee Montgomery to Atlanta, creating backcourt issues

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.
Butler to Wiggins: Don't change a thing about your game

Butler to Wiggins: Don't change a thing about your game

With All-Star guard Jimmy Butler healthy and back in the lineup, he wants teammate Andrew Wiggins to keep pushing his limits.
Wolves stay strong at home in win over Brooklyn

Wolves stay strong at home in win over Brooklyn

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.
Butler returns to Wolves lineup after missing four games

Butler returns to Wolves lineup after missing four games

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.
Shorthanded Wolves rise to challenge, rally to defeat Toronto

Shorthanded Wolves rise to challenge, rally to defeat Toronto

Andrew Wiggins' dominant play helped make up for the absence of ailing Jamal Crawford and Jimmy Butler.
Butler, Crawford sidelined vs. Raptors with injuries

Butler, Crawford sidelined vs. Raptors with injuries

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.
Wolves-Magic game preview

Wolves-Magic game preview

The Wolves just completed the second 5-0 homestand in franchise history and have won 12 of their past 15 games.
Winning without threes: Wolves defy what's trendy in the NBA

Winning without threes: Wolves defy what's trendy in the NBA

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.
Wolves complete perfect homestand with rout of Trail Blazers

Wolves complete perfect homestand with rout of Trail Blazers

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.
With Blazers back in town, Wolves' surge comes full circle

With Blazers back in town, Wolves' surge comes full circle

The Wolves will finish up a five-game homestand Sunday against Portland looking for just their second 5-0 homestand ever.
Wolves use closing charge to win seventh straight at home

Wolves use closing charge to win seventh straight at home

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.
Former Wolves teammates excited for Lavine's return in Chicago

Former Wolves teammates excited for Lavine's return in Chicago

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.
Wolves get chance to show off improved defense vs. LeBron, Cavs

Wolves get chance to show off improved defense vs. LeBron, Cavs

Against a Cavaliers team getting healthy with the return of Isaiah Thomas, Cleveland scored a season-high 131 points in a weekend victory at Orlando
Cheryl Reeve, Minnesota Lynx' transformer in chief

Cheryl Reeve, Minnesota Lynx' transformer in chief

Cheryl Reeve likes to describe herself as the mother of an extended family. She has the players' backs but isn't afraid to kick their butts. Most of all, she appeals to the team by investing the time to understand what the Lynx need to play their best.
Numbers say Wolves' Gibson is having his best season

Numbers say Wolves' Gibson is having his best season

Taj Gibson's solid play has boosted Wolves, but he's done it on a bigger stage.
Wolves stick it to outmatched Lakers

Wolves stick it to outmatched Lakers

A 16-0 run to open the game helped Minnesota win for the seventh time in the past eight games.
On bench or slam-dunking, Wolves' Aldrich stays upbeat

On bench or slam-dunking, Wolves' Aldrich stays upbeat

Outside of the rotation for most of the season, Aldrich has continued to work hard in practice and maintain a positive attitude off the court. That gets noticed.
Wolves' Teague injures knee in fourth quarter

Wolves' Teague injures knee in fourth quarter

Wolves point guard Jeff Teague injured his left knee and had to leave the game following a scrum for a loose ball with 13.4 seconds left in regulation Wednesday night against Denver.
Butler's 39 points lift Wolves past Nuggets in OT

Butler's 39 points lift Wolves past Nuggets in OT

The star guard scored 23 of those points in the fourth quarter and overtime.
What sore back? Butler scores 37, hits last-second free throws in Wolves win

What sore back? Butler scores 37, hits last-second free throws in Wolves win

After there were questions about whether he was even going to play against Portland, Jimmy Butler carried the Wolves to victory on his (sore) back.
By keeping it loose, Butler overcomes back problem

By keeping it loose, Butler overcomes back problem

Coach Tom Thibodeau said he wasn't surprised that Jimmy Butler fought through back pain and played Monday night.
Wolves let another get away, fall again to Suns

Wolves let another get away, fall again to Suns

Phoenix limped into town with a lengthy injured list and a five-game losing streak. The Suns proceeded to turn the ball over 27 times, trailing the Wolves — sometimes by double figures — for three-plus quarters.
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.
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