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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.
In two games this season Dieng has started and averaged 13.0 points and 13.5 rebounds, posting a double-double in both games.
Tom Thibodeau brings 30 years of accumulated knowledge to the Timberwolves as he embarks on his first season as head coach and president of basketball operations.
For the Wolves to land a spot in the playoffs after more than a decade away, Andrew Wiggins being able to take a big leap in Year 3 is probably the biggest factor.
Zach LaVine gains stability and clarity with designation as the starting shooting guard.
Kris Dunn has proven to be effective defensively this preseason. But the rookie has struggled mightily with his shot.
After five preseason games away from Minneapolis, the Wolves get to show off their new talent - and new coach - to a home crowd Wednesday night.
The team will finish the preseason with home games Wednesday and Friday. The team will hold a fan fest at Target Center on Tuesday.
Gorgui Dieng arrived at the University of Louisville as a 20-year-old in 2010 and played three seasons for Rick Pitino.
Nemanja Bjelica endured a rocky rookie season, averaging 5.1 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists
The Hornets on Monday shot over 50 percent in the preseason matchup. "We have a lot of work to do," Wolves first-year coach Tom Thibodeau said.
First impression? Kris Dunn is quick and strong enough to defend on the ball, he has the court vision to find open shooters. The rookie was productive despite not shooting well.
A third-quarter rally gave the Timberwolves a victory in their first preseason game under new coach Tom Thibodeau.
Twice, they met in the NBA's Eastern Conference playoffs. So Erik Spoelstra knows what the league is gaining with Tom Thibodeau's return.
The team left for K.C. on Friday and returns Oct. 17.
When was the last time the team had enough depth to list another five or six players fighting for playing time? The Wolves, though talented, are still young. But the team is looking pretty deep.
Karl-Anthony Towns reached out to Hall of Famers and those destined to end up there. He talked to some via phone, some over dinner. It was more than talk about X's and O's.
The former Chicago Catholic League star played four years at DePaul, setting a school record for three-point shooting in his junior season (54.1 percent) that still stands.
He went to Las Vegas with the Wolves' summer league entry and hit the gym to get stronger. But at least for now, Jones appears to be third in the pecking order at point guard.
This is a crucial season for Muhammad, who has shown that he can be a dynamic and prolific scorer in the right situation.
Brandon Rush has been through a lot, including winning titles, a big reason the Wolves wanted him.
Rasual Butler and John Lucas III, both 37, have played for Tom Thibodeau before. They'd like another chance to play for him.
Said Andrew Wiggins: "We knew what he was expecting. So we came out here and we worked hard. We gave no reason for him to get mad and make us go harder."
Watching practice was Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski and his staff, former Wolves coach Randy Wittman and Gophers coach Richard Pitino.
When the first practice starts Tuesday, both Rubio, 26, and Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau will begin discovering how the point guard will fit into a new system.
For the first time since 1995, Kevin Garnett will not be at an NBA training camp this fall. But the Timberwolves will hold their first practice Tuesday with KG very much on their minds.
With the Timberwolves' first practice scheduled for Tuesday, Tom Thibodeau discussed his return to coaching after a year away.
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