Wolves center Karl-Anthony Towns finished strong against the Clippers on Friday with 18 points in the fourth quarter, but by then his team had dug a d

Poor start may just be a blip for Wolves in a long season

Their final quarter Friday showed signs of potential.

Patrick Plus: Butler providing Heat spark Thibodeau expected with Wolves

December 14
Heat forward Jimmy Butler dunked over Wizards forward Rui Hachimura last week in Miami.
Miami has been cruising this season with its new leader, a season after finishing below .500.

Down 27, Wolves mount furious rally vs. Clippers but lose by seven

December 14
Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns puts up a shot against pressure from the Los Angeles Clippers' Ivica Zubac
The Timberwolves dug themselves too big of a hole through the first three quarters as the Clippers' Kawhi Leonard and Paul George combined for 88 points, with Leonard pouring in 42, and George 46.
Wolves
December 14

Wolves-Clippers game recap

A look back at Friday night's game.
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) after sinking a fourth quarter basket Thursday night. He finished the game with 46 points.
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Wolves
December 13
Wolves forward Jake Layman

Layman's absence felt by Wolves on both ends of floor

Before he suffered a toe sprain on Nov. 18, Jake Layman was playing some of the best offensive basketball on the Timberwolves.
Wolves
December 13

NBA three points: Wolves' problem is 'physicality'

Chris' three points1. Asked what the biggest problem was with the Wolves defense of late, coach Ryan Saunders said it was "physicality." How do you…
Wolves
December 13
Of the Wolves’ difficulty finding success in transition, Shabazz Napier (13) says: “We’ve got to rebound for us to get fast-break points.” Abo

Fast-break points evade Wolves despite gains in pace of play

The Timberwolves play fast but are "not a great finishing team at the moment," says coach Ryan Saunders.
Wolves
December 13
Coach Ryan Saunders watched the Wolves lose their sixth straight game Wednesday night.

Wolves need to fix leaky defense that has become 'undisciplined'

Over their past five games, the Wolves have the worst defensive efficiency in the NBA, and it's not close.

nba

  • Western Conference
    Northwest w l pct gb home away last 10
    Denver 16 8 .667 0 10-3 6-5 5-5
    Utah 15 11 .577 2 10-3 5-8 4-6
    Oklahoma City 11 14 .440 5.5 7-5 4-9 6-4
    Minnesota 10 15 .400 6.5 3-9 7-6 2-8
    Portland 10 16 .385 7 5-6 5-10 5-5
  • Pacific w l pct gb home away last 10
    LA Lakers 24 3 .889 0 10-2 14-1 9-1
    LA Clippers 20 8 .714 4.5 13-1 7-7 7-3
    Phoenix 11 14 .440 12 6-9 5-5 3-7
    Sacramento 11 14 .440 12 6-5 5-9 4-6
    Golden State 5 22 .185 19 2-9 3-13 2-8
  • Southwest w l pct gb home away last 10
    Dallas 17 8 .680 0 8-6 9-2 7-3
    Houston 17 9 .654 0.5 9-4 8-5 6-4
    San Antonio 10 15 .400 7 7-7 3-8 5-5
    Memphis 9 17 .346 8.5 4-11 5-6 4-6
    New Orleans 6 21 .222 12 4-10 2-11 0-10
  • Eastern Conference
    Central w l pct gb home away last 10
    Milwaukee 24 3 .889 0 13-1 11-2 10-0
    Indiana 18 9 .667 6 11-3 7-6 7-3
    Detroit 11 15 .423 12.5 7-6 4-9 6-4
    Chicago 10 18 .357 14.5 6-10 4-8 4-6
    Cleveland 6 20 .231 17.5 3-10 3-10 1-9
  • Atlantic w l pct gb home away last 10
    Philadelphia 20 8 .714 0 14-0 6-8 8-2
    Boston 17 7 .708 1 10-1 7-6 6-4
    Toronto 17 8 .680 1.5 10-3 7-5 6-4
    Brooklyn 14 12 .538 5 8-5 6-7 6-4
    New York 6 20 .231 13 3-10 3-10 2-8
  • Southeast w l pct gb home away last 10
    Miami 19 7 .731 0 11-1 8-6 7-3
    Orlando 12 14 .462 7 8-6 4-8 6-4
    Charlotte 12 17 .414 8.5 6-8 6-9 5-5
    Washington 7 17 .292 11 4-6 3-11 2-8
    Atlanta 6 21 .222 13.5 3-10 3-11 2-8
  • Points
    K. Towns MIN 609
    A. Wiggins MIN 525
    J. Teague MIN 303
    R. Covington MIN 299
    J. Culver MIN 216
  • Rebounds
    K. Towns MIN 269
    R. Covington MIN 127
    J. Okogie MIN 115
    A. Wiggins MIN 107
    (2) Players 83
  • Assists
    J. Teague MIN 143
    K. Towns MIN 101
    A. Wiggins MIN 69
    J. Culver MIN 55
    S. Napier MIN 40
  • Field Goal Percentage
    J. Bell MIN .556
    K. Bates-Diop MIN .515
    K. Towns MIN .514
    N. Reid MIN .500
    J. Teague MIN .466
  • Blocked Shots
    K. Towns MIN 29
    A. Wiggins MIN 24
    G. Dieng MIN 21
    R. Covington MIN 20
    J. Culver MIN 12
  • Steals
    R. Covington MIN 34
    K. Towns MIN 24
    J. Okogie MIN 23
    J. Culver MIN 21
    J. Teague MIN 19
  • Points
    J. Harden HOU 1021
    G. Antetokounmpo MIL 807
    L. Doncic DAL 732
    T. Young ATL 692
    A. Davis LAL 685
  • Rebounds
    A. Drummond DET 416
    G. Antetokounmpo MIL 332
    R. Gobert UTA 329
    D. Sabonis IND 325
    C. Capela HOU 324
  • Assists
    L. James LAL 281
    L. Doncic DAL 222
    T. Young ATL 215
    D. Graham CHA 212
    B. Simmons PHI 210
  • Field Goal Percentage
    R. Gobert UTA .682
    J. Allen BKN .674
    R. Holmes SAC .665
    B. Clarke MEM .651
    C. Capela HOU .636
  • Blocked Shots
    A. Davis LAL 66
    J. Isaac ORL 63
    B. Lopez MIL 58
    H. Whiteside POR 56
    K. Porzingis DAL 49
  • Steals
    K. Dunn CHI 54
    B. Simmons PHI 54
    J. Harden HOU 51
    J. Butler MIA 47
    F. VanVleet TOR 44
  • Friday, December 13
    LA Lakers 113, Miami 110, F Houston 130, Orlando 107, F Philadelphia 116, New Orleans 109, F
    Indiana 110, Atlanta 100, F Charlotte 83, Chicago 73, F Milwaukee 127, Memphis 114, F
    Utah 114, Golden State 106, F LA Clippers 124, Minnesota 117, F New York 103, Sacramento 101, F
  • Saturday, December 14
    San Antonio 121, Phoenix 119, F Toronto 110, Brooklyn 102, F Chicago 109, LA Clippers 106, F
    Memphis 128, Washington 111, F Milwaukee 125, Cleveland 108, F Miami 122, Dallas 118, F
    Detroit 115, Houston 107, F Denver 110, Oklahoma City 102, F
  • Today, December 15
    Orlando 130, New Orleans 119, F Indiana 107, Charlotte 85, F Brooklyn 109, Philadelphia 89, F
    LA Lakers 101, Atlanta 96, F Denver 111, New York 105, F Sacramento 90, Golden State 70, 4th, 5:32
  • Monday, December 16
    Washington @ Detroit Cleveland @ Toronto Dallas @ Milwaukee
    San Antonio @ Houston Chicago @ Oklahoma City Miami @ Memphis
    Portland @ Phoenix
  • Tuesday, December 17
    LA Lakers @ Indiana Sacramento @ Charlotte Atlanta @ New York
    Brooklyn @ New Orleans Orlando @ Utah Phoenix @ LA Clippers
  • Wednesday, December 18
    Chicago @ Washington Miami @ Philadelphia Charlotte @ Cleveland
    Toronto @ Detroit New Orleans @ Minnesota Memphis @ Oklahoma City
    Orlando @ Denver Boston @ Dallas Golden State @ Portland
  • Thursday, December 19
    Utah @ Atlanta LA Lakers @ Milwaukee Brooklyn @ San Antonio
    Houston @ LA Clippers
  • Friday, December 20
    Sacramento @ Indiana Memphis @ Cleveland Washington @ Toronto
    Detroit @ Boston New York @ Miami Phoenix @ Oklahoma City
    Dallas @ Philadelphia Minnesota @ Denver Orlando @ Portland
    New Orleans @ Golden State
Wild
December 13
Not all offseason bonding exercises with pro sports teams prove successful, as the Timberwolves and Wild have demonstrated at times this year.

Souhan: Team bonding a sweet idea that hasn't shown much success

The Wolves and Wild engaged in relationship-building getaways during the offseason, but any success from such gatherings hasn't been visible to the ticket-buying public.
Wolves
December 13

Timberwolves-L.A. Clippers game preview

The Wolves were 10-8 heading into a very winnable home game against Memphis on Dec. 1. But they dropped that game and haven't won since, losing six in a row to fall a season-worst four games under .500.
EPISODE 46
December 12
Minnesota Timberwolves' Karl-Anthony Towns reacted after being called for a foul in the fourth quarter.

Podcast: All the Wolves want for Christmas is a 'W'

Chris Hine and Michael Rand discuss the Wolves' sudden change in fortune as they head into Friday's game with six consecutive losses. Did a team meeting in Phoenix accomplish anything? Why has the defense been so bad? Is help on the way? And will Mariah Carey reach No. 1 on the charts?
Wolves
December 12
In this photo provided by Wayland Baptist University, Wayland Baptist guard J.J. Culver (10) scores two of his 100 points Tuesday night.

'I was in shock.' Wolves' Culver celebrates brother's 100-point game

"I left the gym and my phone just blew up," Jarrett Culver said about his older brother J.J.'s historic night. "Everyone is texting me, 'Your brother, your brother.' "
Wolves
December 12
Bojan Bogdanovic of the Jazz dunked the ball in the second half.

Defense still lacking, Utah shoots Wolves to sixth straight loss

After the game, everyone on the Wolves said they knew what had to happen. They knew the defensive scheme. It just wasn't executed in a 127-116 loss.
Wolves
December 12

Wolves-Utah game recap

A look back at Wednesday's game.
Wolves
December 11
Wolves rumors heat up as key NBA trade date comes Sunday

Wolves rumors heat up as key NBA trade date comes Sunday

On Dec. 15 every year, NBA players who signed free agent contracts in the past offseason become eligible to be traded. That includes D'Angelo Russell, a point guard the Wolves have coveted.
Wolves
December 11
Minnesota Timberwolves' Andrew Wiggins.

How did the Timberwolves get Andrew Wiggins to change?

Timberwolves President Gersson Rosas and coach Ryan Saunders connected with their young star over the challenges of raising children.
Wolves
December 11
Andrew Wiggins, right.

Tracking the improvement of the Wolves' Wiggins

A lot has been made of Andrew Wiggins' increased efficiency and improved play this season. Let's go inside the data to show what that really means:
Wolves
December 10

Wolves-Utah game preview

The Timberwolves went 0-4 on a road swing vs. Western Conference foes, leaving them at 10-13 and searching for answers following a team meeting at the conclusion of Monday's loss at Phoenix.
Wolves
December 10
Timberwolves forward Robert Covington argued a call with referee John Goble during the second half Monday night in Phoenix.

Wolves end 0-4 road trip with loss to Suns, hold meeting afterward

Frustration surrounded the Wolves on Monday as Phoenix cruised to a comfortable victory after Minnesota led by three at halftime.
Wolves
December 10
Suns forward Kelly Oubre Jr. shot over Wolves center Karl-Anthony Towns during the second half Monday. Oubre scored 24 points on 8-for-15 shooting.

Timberwolves defense in need of repair after road trip

The Wolves gave up season highs in points on two occasions over the past four road games.
Wolves
December 9
Wolves reserve Noah Vonleh has found playing time sparse of late.

Wolves' Noah Vonleh remains prepared as he sits on bench

The veteran has ceded playing time to Gorgui Dieng behind Karl-Anthony Towns.
Wolves
December 9
Wolves forward Jordan Bell lost the ball as Suns forward Dario Saric defended during the first half Monday.

Wolves-Phoenix game recap

A quick look at Monday night's loss.
Wolves
December 9
Phoenix guard Ricky Rubio looked to pass around Wolves forward Robert Covington during the second half Monday night.

Road woes: The Wolves' 0-4 road trip

A look back at four fruitless games away from Target Center against Western Conference foes.
Final, 12/13 1 2 3 4 F
LA Clippers 20-7 33 32 37 22 124
Minnesota 10-15 29 29 23 36 117

NBA Scoreboard

  • Orlando

    New Orleans

     

    - F

    130

    119

  • Charlotte

    Indiana

     

    - F

    85

    107

  • Philadelphia

    Brooklyn

     

    - F

    89

    109

  • LA Lakers

    Atlanta

     

    - F

    101

    96

  • New York

    Denver

     

    - F

    105

    111

  • Sacramento

    Golden State

     

    - 4th, 7:31

    90

    65

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