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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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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.
Fowles, Griner go head to head in WNBA must-see matchup

Fowles, Griner go head to head in WNBA must-see matchup

Thirteen games and a month and a half into a 34-game season, the Lynx and Mercury will finally play on Friday night in Phoenix. And that means Sylvia Fowles vs. Brittney Griner.
Fowles over fouls: Lynx beat winless Stars after trailing by 9 late in game

Fowles over fouls: Lynx beat winless Stars after trailing by 9 late in game

On a night when the officials called 43 fouls in 40 minutes, center Sylvia Fowles was often the focus. She responded by dominating the final minutes of the game.
Getting defensive: Lynx shut down Mystics 93-76

Getting defensive: Lynx shut down Mystics 93-76

Brunson-led Minnesota held Washington to 40.3 percent shooting.
Augustus expands skills, remains WNBA force for Lynx

Augustus expands skills, remains WNBA force for Lynx

Lynx's Seimone Augustus is polishing, expanding her skills – and thriving. Through 10 games and a 9-1 record, Augustus is having one of her best and most well-rounded seasons.
Draft choice Patton thrilled to be coming to Minnesota

Draft choice Patton thrilled to be coming to Minnesota

6-foot-11 Justin Patton said he is looking forward to playing with the Wolves in general and Wolves big man Karl-Anthony Towns. "He'll make me look good."
Lynx dealt first loss of season after nine victories

Lynx dealt first loss of season after nine victories

Defense and rebounding were issues for the Lynx in their first loss of the season, 98-93 to the Connecticut Sun and former Gophers star Rachel Banham.
Lynx core foursome has won at historical rate

Lynx core foursome has won at historical rate

They have been winning games together since 2011 — only four L.A. Sparks have won more games.
On team of Olympians, Brunson is unsung hero for the Lynx

On team of Olympians, Brunson is unsung hero for the Lynx

When the Lynx start preparing for an opponent, they start with Rebekkah Brunson. As in, who is the other team's best player?
Moore's shooting hits career low, but she's still making an impact

Moore's shooting hits career low, but she's still making an impact

Lynx forward Maya Moore is struggling to score more than she ever has in her career yet the team is still undefeated.
Lynx point guards set up teammates in rout of Stars

Lynx point guards set up teammates in rout of Stars

Lynx point guard Lindsay Whalen didn't score and her backup, Renee Montgomery, had only four points. But their ball distribution might have been the most important factor in an 80-66 Lynx victory over San Antonio that wasn't nearly as close as the score indicated.
Sylvia Fowles' play most important reason Lynx remain unbeaten

Sylvia Fowles' play most important reason Lynx remain unbeaten

The veteran center is averaging 21.2 points.
'Low turnover' Lynx survive sloppiness to beat winless Sun

'Low turnover' Lynx survive sloppiness to beat winless Sun

The Lynx turned the ball over 22 times against the Sun. But they escaped with a home victory after almost blowing a 13-point lead in the fourth quarter.
After surgeries, resilient Banham making her hometown WNBA debut

After surgeries, resilient Banham making her hometown WNBA debut

"I can hardly wait," former Gopher and Lakeville high school star Rachel Banham said about facing the Lynx at the X. "I worked hard for this."
If you're keeping score, Lynx need more offense vs. Liberty

If you're keeping score, Lynx need more offense vs. Liberty

The Lynx on Sunday overcame a woeful offensive showing versus Chicago thanks to Sylvia Fowles' scoring in the paint. But that alone won't be enough Thursday against the Liberty.
Sluggish Lynx opens season by stopping Sky

Sluggish Lynx opens season by stopping Sky

Sylvia Fowles led the way with 26 points and 10 rebounds, but coach Cheryl Reeve expects more from her veteran squad.
Lynx finalize roster with deepest bench in Reeve's tenure

Lynx finalize roster with deepest bench in Reeve's tenure

Chinese national team captain Shao Ting didn't make the Lynx final cut meaning two rookies — guard Alexis Jones, the team's first-round draft pick, and forward/center Temi Fagbenle — round out the roster.
Lynx could squeeze extra player onto roster before season opener

Lynx could squeeze extra player onto roster before season opener

After Thursday's practice, coach Cheryl Reeve said the team might be able to figure out a way to fit 12 players under the salary cap, which would mean rookies Alexis Jones, Temi Fagbenle and Shao Ting would all make the roster.
Lynx teammates Montgomery, Perkins put in the fun and the work

Lynx teammates Montgomery, Perkins put in the fun and the work

After Renee Montgomery and Jia Perkins struggled with shots last season, coach Cheryl Reeve has asked for better shooting and shot selection. The pair works together long after practice.
The making of Sylvia Fowles: Lynx center still isn't done growing

The making of Sylvia Fowles: Lynx center still isn't done growing

Cheryl Reeve and Sylvia Fowles agree on the star center's potential and the goals Reeve has set. But it's still a challenge when it comes to the best way to facilitate the growth.
Lynx use preseason rout to get look at lineup mixes, players on bubble

Lynx use preseason rout to get look at lineup mixes, players on bubble

Seimone Augustus, Lindsay Whalen and Maya Moore took the entire off-season off rather than go overseas, and it showed.
Lynx business? Better than usual with move to Xcel Energy Center

Lynx business? Better than usual with move to Xcel Energy Center

The Lynx hope to attract new fans during its one season in St. Paul - and keep them for the seasons to come in the newly-renovated Target Center.
Fagbenle has many ambitions, and one is to play for the Lynx

Fagbenle has many ambitions, and one is to play for the Lynx

Standing 6-5, Temi Fagbenle grew up loving tennis and was a track star in high school. But her professional ambition is to make it in the WNBA.
'Humble superstar.' Augustus builds Lynx legacy by scoring less

'Humble superstar.' Augustus builds Lynx legacy by scoring less

Because she was here when the Lynx couldn't win, it's possible nobody appreciates the past six years more than Seimone Augustus.
'I'm the enforcer.' Lynx's Pierson brings the pain to opponents

'I'm the enforcer.' Lynx's Pierson brings the pain to opponents

Veteran Plenette Pierson joined the Lynx for one big reason — a shot at a title. And she'll do whatever it takes to prove her worth.
Loss in WNBA Finals serving as Lynx's motivation

Loss in WNBA Finals serving as Lynx's motivation

Sting of Finals loss to Los Angeles is motivation as training camp begins.
A conversation with Cheryl Reeve: Lynx coach muses about 2017 season

A conversation with Cheryl Reeve: Lynx coach muses about 2017 season

Sunday the Lynx will begin training camp with the goal of winning a fourth league title in seven years. They've been here before, winning a title every other year since 2011.
Boudreau tests Wild's line options at practice

Boudreau tests Wild's line options at practice

After Tuesday's practice, Wild players were preparing for some radical changes linewise. Wednesday's game could be the first time since Nov. 25 that Mikko Koivu and Mikael Granlund have been separated.
Lynx select Baylor guard Alexis Jones in first round of WNBA draft

Lynx select Baylor guard Alexis Jones in first round of WNBA draft

Jones averaged 13.2 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game as a senior and was an Associated Press honorable mention all-America as well as a first-team all-Big 12 pick.
Lynx get second-team All America center Osahor in deal with Chicago

Lynx get second-team All America center Osahor in deal with Chicago

Forward/center Chantel Osahor will battle for a spot on the team's roster after being acquired the day after she was taken in the second round of the WNBA draft.
Lynx hoping to take player in WNBA draft they can develop

Lynx hoping to take player in WNBA draft they can develop

With a veteran lineup already in place, the Lynx this week aren't shying away from drafting a player they'll need to groom.
Former Hopkins star Coffey likely to be top 10 pick in WNBA draft

Former Hopkins star Coffey likely to be top 10 pick in WNBA draft

Nia Coffey ended her four-year basketball career at Northwestern with her name all over the program's list of records.
Festive home finale turns frustrating for Wolves in loss to OKC

Festive home finale turns frustrating for Wolves in loss to OKC

Down 22 points early in the second quarter, the Wolves rallied in front of a sold out crowd to take a one-point lead into the final quarter this season at Target Center but could not complete the comeback.
Designer's work on new Wolves logo is at heart of rebranding

Designer's work on new Wolves logo is at heart of rebranding

The NBA is changing the way it looks team-by-team, and the process is much more complex than just sitting down and starting to draw.
Playing for pride, Wolves rally to defeat Portland

Playing for pride, Wolves rally to defeat Portland

Refusing to quit on the season, the Timberwolves erased a double-digit deficit to top the Blazers in a game supposed to be played March 6 at Target Center.
Wolves let another double-digit lead get away, succumbing to Kings

Wolves let another double-digit lead get away, succumbing to Kings

For the 20th time this season, the Wolves (30-45) — who were mathematically eliminated from playoff contention with Portland's victory later Saturday night — built a double-figure lead and lost
Ricky Rubio's improved shooting includes the free-throw line, too

Ricky Rubio's improved shooting includes the free-throw line, too

Ricky Rubio is shooting more, shooting better. But perhaps lost in that improvement is his free-throw shooting.
Wolves' attendance numbers have nowhere to go but up

Wolves' attendance numbers have nowhere to go but up

It is worst in the NBA but surging down the stretch.
Boudreau urging Wild players to 'learn from your mistakes'

Boudreau urging Wild players to 'learn from your mistakes'

After Thursday's 3-1 loss to Philadelphia, Bruce Boudreau bemoaned his team's lack of energy and jump.
Second-half breakdowns endure for Wolves

Second-half breakdowns endure for Wolves

Tuesday, the Wolves lost another game after holding a lead of 10 or more points. It was the 18th time this season the Wolves lost a game in which they held a lead of 10 or more, a league high.
Wolves lead early but Leonard and Spurs win late

Wolves lead early but Leonard and Spurs win late

Kawhi Leonard, limited in the first half Tuesday against the Wolves, erupted for 20 points after halftime to lead San Antonio to its fourth victory of the season over Minnesota.
Spurs' Popovich responds to commissioner's concerns over resting players

Spurs' Popovich responds to commissioner's concerns over resting players

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver sent a memo to team owners Monday expressing concern about the practice of resting big-name players -- and the Spurs coach explained why he does it.
Wolves hope Casspi provides much-needed shooting

Wolves hope Casspi provides much-needed shooting

Omri Casspi made his Timberwolves debut Tuesday, wearing his third jersey in a little more than a month and sporting a small brace on…
Boudreau cuts off news conference after another Wild loss

Boudreau cuts off news conference after another Wild loss

Wild coach Bruce Boudreau ended his postgame media gathering after less than a half-minute. "You're making it sounds like we're good," he said, in part, responding to a question about the loss in Winnipeg.
Wild's bold moves include Jason Pominville sitting

Wild's bold moves include Jason Pominville sitting

For the first time since Jason Pominville joined the Wild, he was a healthy scratch -- one of several things tried in Sunday's loss at Winnipeg.
If only the Wolves closed earlier games like they're closing the season

If only the Wolves closed earlier games like they're closing the season

Despite better play of late, the playoff-searching Wolves still lead the league with 15 losses in games in which they had a 10-point lead or more.
Rubio dazzles as Wolves trounce Wizards

Rubio dazzles as Wolves trounce Wizards

Point guard hits targets early, often on way to Wolves record 19 assists vs. Wizards.
Wolves' Towns, Wiggins setting records with consistency

Wolves' Towns, Wiggins setting records with consistency

Back in 2003, for the second time in his career, Kevin Garnett scored 20 points or more in a 16th consecutive game. A franchise best, the record stood for 14 years. Now it has been broken — and broken again — in a matter of weeks.
Take notice, because Thibodeau has: Rubio's play trending upwards

Take notice, because Thibodeau has: Rubio's play trending upwards

Wolves guard Ricky Rubio, encouraged to shoot more, is on a steady climb that coach Tom Thibodeau has called "at a very, very high level."
Whalen and her dad share special bond - state hockey

Whalen and her dad share special bond - state hockey

Basketball star Lindsay Whalen started as a hockey player, and shares a state tournament tradition with her father.
Thibodeau blames Mother Nature for slippery Target Center floor

Thibodeau blames Mother Nature for slippery Target Center floor

Condensation on floor postponed Wolves game vs. Portland on Monday.
Wet floor forces Wolves to postpone home game

Wet floor forces Wolves to postpone home game

Heat, humidity and a sheet of ice caused the condensation.

Lynx hire former San Antonio Stars assistant to replace Jim Petersen

As she does with most major decisions, Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve talked to her captains when it came to hiring an assistant coach to…
Wolves players express relief that trade deadline is past

Wolves players express relief that trade deadline is past

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.
Wolves start post All-Star break push with victory over Dallas

Wolves start post All-Star break push with victory over Dallas

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.
Three months on fire: Wild's hot line scoring, staying together

Three months on fire: Wild's hot line scoring, staying together

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.
Staal staying 'poised and disciplined' to bust out of slump

Staal staying 'poised and disciplined' to bust out of slump

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 verdict: Nyquist out for six games after high-sticking Wild's Spurgeon

The verdict: Nyquist out for six games after high-sticking Wild's Spurgeon

The NHL said the Detroit forward's actions were not accidental or inadvertent.
Wolves' recent struggles go beyond Xs and Os

Wolves' recent struggles go beyond Xs and Os

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.
Close game goes Wild's way in 2-1 shootout victory over Tampa Bay

Close game goes Wild's way in 2-1 shootout victory over Tampa Bay

Mikko Koivu scored the only goal in the shootout while Devan Dubnyk was strong again.
Ryan Carter, with nothing certain, gives Wild another try

Ryan Carter, with nothing certain, gives Wild another try

The 33-year-old had surgery in October to repair his right shoulder.
Wiggins passes another big test by not forcing shots

Wiggins passes another big test by not forcing shots

Wolves coach Tom Thibodueau said Wiggins has grown as a playmaker, but has to do more.He will get the opportunity.
Lynx sign veteran forward Plenette Pierson

Lynx sign veteran forward Plenette Pierson

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.
LaVine's Wolves teammates know the torn ACL drill well

LaVine's Wolves teammates know the torn ACL drill well

Brandon Rush — who figures to absorb most of LaVine's minutes — and Ricky Rubio have both come back from ACL injuries.
Wolves suffer deflating defeat vs. Memphis on difficult day

Wolves suffer deflating defeat vs. Memphis on difficult day

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
LaVine out for season with torn ACL but 'he'll get through it'

LaVine out for season with torn ACL but 'he'll get through it'

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.
Wolves' Shabazz Muhammad is new three-point threat

Wolves' Shabazz Muhammad is new three-point threat

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.
Wolves find a way to win behind Wiggins

Wolves find a way to win behind Wiggins

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.
Wolves' Dieng avoids ripple by not discussing executive order

Wolves' Dieng avoids ripple by not discussing executive order

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.
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