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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.
Coaches and training partners predict future Olympic success.
The team is third in the West but needs to work harder to survive a tough post-All-Star-break stretch.
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.
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.
It only took the mention of Flip Saunders' name for Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau go all "six degrees of sentimentality." at Wednesday's practice.
Lindsay Whalen is building her experience as a basketball commentator while playing for the Lynx as long as possible.
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 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.
A history of the Super Bowl, from before it was the Super Bowl
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.
With All-Star guard Jimmy Butler healthy and back in the lineup, he wants teammate Andrew Wiggins to keep pushing his limits.
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.
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.
Andrew Wiggins' dominant play helped make up for the absence of ailing Jamal Crawford and Jimmy Butler.
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.
The Wolves just completed the second 5-0 homestand in franchise history and have won 12 of their past 15 games.
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.
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.
The Wolves will finish up a five-game homestand Sunday against Portland looking for just their second 5-0 homestand ever.
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.
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.
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 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.
Taj Gibson's solid play has boosted Wolves, but he's done it on a bigger stage.
A 16-0 run to open the game helped Minnesota win for the seventh time in the past eight games.
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 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.
The star guard scored 23 of those points in the fourth quarter and overtime.
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.
Coach Tom Thibodeau said he wasn't surprised that Jimmy Butler fought through back pain and played Monday night.
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.
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.
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