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The Wolves are supporting their players the best they can during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ten NBA players have tested positive for COVID-19 and the league has come under criticism, some wondering how the NBA had such quick access to testing amid shortages across the country.
Professional sports teams in the Twin Cities moved to help assist employees who will be out of work during the shutdown because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The NBA was the first pro league to react strongly to threat of coronavirus.
CEO Ethan Casson said players have not been tested for coronavirus because none of them has displayed symptoms.
Players must stick around until Monday but can't hold group workouts together.
The league's announcement, which came around 8:30 p.m., capped a long day of the league discussing what it should do amid the mounting pandemic.
James Harden and Russell Westbrook filled the stat sheet and played their best basketball over the final 15 minutes to snap Houston's four-game losing streak while sending the Wolves to their third straight loss.
Robert Covington, after being dealt to the Rockets after injuries and setbacks in Minnesota, returned to Target Center for the Wolves' game against Charlotte just before the All-Star break.
Call it what you want — a slump, a mini-slump, a funk — but D'Angelo Russell hasn't been hitting shots like he's accustomed to over the past two games.
New Orleans star rookie Zion Williamson has been an undeniable force after only 18 games. He's averaging 23.6 points and 6.8 rebounds.
Wherever Orlando was shooting Friday night, the ball was going in while the Wolves defense had one of its worst nights since the trade deadline.
The left wrist fracture that has sidelined Wolves center Karl-Anthony Towns since Feb. 10 doesn't need surgery but has yet to completely heal.
Malik Beasley, who has learned not to force his play, has averaged 26 points over the past two games, and perhaps it's no coincidence the Wolves have won both
The new-look Wolves took down Chicago, and have now won three of their last five. Against the Bulls, Malik Beasley was once again effective from the outside with 24 points on 8 of 14 shooting.
NEW ORLEANS – Unlike some of his teammates, Timberwolves center Naz Reid had some experience tangling with Zion Williamson on the AAU circuit before…
D'Angelo Russell scored 10 points in the fourth quarter and the Pelicans, fighting for a playoff spot, missed shot after shot against the Wolves' zone defense.
The Wolves missed 11 of their first 12 shots and didn't improve much after that.
The new players are sometimes caught between what a signal means and what it used to mean on that player's former team.
Wolves teammates seem to be drawn to James Johnson's leadership. All have spoken highly of what Johnson's efforts to unify the team have meant to them — even in extreme terms.
Orlando outrebounded the Wolves 54-33 and had 20 second-chance points on the night in an 11-point win.
Before their game against the Heat on Wednesday, the Wolves took in some time at the beach, played a little football and got some time away from the court as a team.
"To say we're not focused day in, day out on winning? That's false and inaccurate," Timberwolves President Gersson Rosas said.
Jimmy Butler had three straight turnovers in the final minutes, helping to create an jubilant scene in the Wolves locker room after the 129-126 victory in Miami.
Jimmy Butler's exit didn't leave a lot of good feelings about him around the Wolves organization. But Ryan Saunders did reach out earlier in the season when Butler had his first child a few months after Saunders had his.
The new-look Wolves are still adjusting to one another, with communication the biggest glaring issue affecting the team on both ends of the floor.
The Wolves gave up 139 points and said some glaring communication issues popped up against the top-rated offense in the league.
Jordan McLaughlin played last season with the Long Island Nets, and the Wolves brought in former Nets assistant Pablo Prigioni to install a similar system to what Brooklyn and its G-League affiliate were running.
The Wolves had only nine available players against the Nuggets and a season-long script played out for their 17th loss in the last 18 games.
Juancho Hernangomez is happy to "say bye the way I wanted to say." Malik Beasley is less emotional.
Even with Kemba Walker out, four Celtics scored at least 25 points lead by Gordon Hayward's 29
Wolves center Karl-Anthony Towns will be re-evaluated in two weeks after undergoing treatment for the wrist injury.
Before the NBA trade deadline, the final 29 games of the Wolves season seemed like it would be a dreary slog to the finish line. But change came quickly in advance of the deadline.
Karl-Anthony Towns was wearing a brace on his left wrist and wasn't even using it to catch passes from the Wolves' assistant strength and conditioning coach when the team practiced.
As the point guard of a team with eight new players, D'Angelo Russell needs to initiate the offense — once he understands it.
There wasn't much disappointment after a game veteran James Johnson said was like "Day 3 of training camp," in which the Wolves stayed close until the final minutes.
President of Basketball Operations Gersson Rosas has rid the Wolves roster of every player Tom Thibodeau acquired … except for Josh Okogie.
D'Angelo Russell and Karl-Anthony Towns became friends in high school. "He's never just been a friend of mine. He's been a brother of mine. Our families are so intertwined and connected," Towns said.
Even with D'Angelo Russell sitting out, the Wolves scored a team-record 81 points in the first half on its way to a 142-115 victory. "We showed ourselves tonight," Karl-Anthony Towns said.
The Wolves introduced new point guard D'Angelo Russell during a noon press conference open to the public at City Center in downtown Minneapolis.
This was the moment the Timberwolves had been planning for since Gersson Rosas arrived in May, and they were happy to see their vision realized with the massive makeover of the roster.
The future never materialized for Andrew Wiggins in Minnesota after the Wolves acquired him in the Kevin Love trade with Cleveland in 2014. His tantalizing talent never equaled paramount production.
Robert Covington's Timberwolves locker was empty Wednesday, as were the lockers of Jordan Bell, Noah Vonleh, Shabazz Napier and Keita Bates-Diop, all a part of Tuesday's four-team trade.
The Wolves have traded several players from a roster that was lagging at 15-34. Robert Covington is on his way to Houston; Minnesota picked up two draft picks and players from Denver and Atlanta.
In this NBA era of player empowerment, some stars have taken on the unofficial additional title of general manager. Not Karl-Anthony Towns.
The Wolves trailed by as many as 21 points before rallying late in the game as trade rumors continued to swirl around the team.
All-Star selectors got it wrong on many counts, Wolves' top scorer says.
"We're trying to stay positive," Robert Covington said. "It's definitely frustrating but we can't let that little bit creep in. We still have to go out and play. It's tough."
Kobe Bryant was L.A. to the core, a core deep in mourning.
Friends Sachin Gupta of the Wolves and Daniel Adler of the Twins both know the roster-building grind well.
In an emotional night against Portland, the Lakers came out in warmups wearing No. 8 and No. 24 jerseys in honor of the late Kobe Bryant, who won five championships over 20 seasons for the franchise.
Coach Ryan Saunders said the session would go over all the things the Wolves did wrong to facilitate the Kings' historic comeback efforts in the overtime loss.
The day after the Wolves blew a 27-point second-half lead to the Kings, as well as a nine point lead with 41 seconds left in regulation, Karl-Anthony Towns kept his thoughts short and terse.
Karl-Anthony Towns wore No. 24 in pregame introductions and Robert Covington wore No. 8. "You couldn't stand him because he was so great, and he won so much," said Wolves president Gersson Rosas.
Those who crossed paths with Kobe Bryant, from the former Gophers women's star Rachel Banham to the greatest men ever to play the game, were brought to a stop by the shocking news that Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter were among those killed in a helicopter crash.
But Andrew Wiggins, for one, says, "I feel like at the start of the year we were such underdogs, and we played with more of a chip on our shoulder. And then we got complacent. ... I feel like we kind of lost our edge."
Karl-Anthony Towns had 19 points in the first quarter on his way to 37 for the game but the Thunder pulled away in a third quarter that featured plenty of frustration from the Wolves
Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns said officials allow a "speaking captain" to confer with them during games and he embraces that role. But "I'm just very passionate, very fiery," he said.
Coach Ryan Saunders said he lit up Andrew Wiggins after a first half in which he scored three points and had four turnovers.The Wolves lost their seventh straight game despite 40 points from Karl-Anthony Towns.
The Wolves rank in the bottom third of the NBA in defensive rebounding percentage, and that weakness has caught up with them at key times during games.
The teams have gone in totally opposite directions since the Wolves beat the Nuggets on the final day of the 2017-18 season to earn a playoff berth for the first time in 14 years.
It's not necessarily a bad thing to have a player a lot of teams want, and it's easy to see why teams covet Robert Covington. How is he dealing with the chatter?
Karl-Anthony Towns was officially back after a left knee sprain and illness caused him to miss 15 consecutive games. He finished with 27 points in his return but the Wolves lost 116-114.
Shabazz Napier and Allen Crabbe were together at two NBA stops.
By acquiring Allen Crabbe, it should give the Wolves, who are third in the NBA in three-point attempts, a better three-point shooter. And it won't be the only move Minnesota attempts to make before the Feb. 6 deadline.
Over the past few weeks, Andrew Wiggins, Treveon Graham, Shabazz Napier and Karl-Anthony Towns have missed time because of illness. Others have played through it.
The Pacers' Domantas Sabonis scored 25 of his 29 points in the first half while Malcolm Brogdon helped carry Indiana to the finish line with 21 points. Karl-Anthony Towns missed his 15th game.
Timberwolves President Gersson Rosas touched on roster construction, Karl-Anthony Towns' much discussed unhappiness with the franchise and player development in a recent conversation.
Saturday's loss was first of eight games in the next nine against teams on a playoffs pace.
After a close first quarter, Houston ran away with the game as the Wolves began a stretch in which eight of their next nine opponents are in playoff position.
Three Wolves story lines worth monitoring and a quick peek at the NBA.
WOLVES INSIDER: Deep caroms on three-pointers are eluding the Wolves at a troubling rate.
Andrew Wiggins on Thursday had 23 points on 9 of 15 shooting to go with eight assists in just 26 minutes.
The rookie had 38 points in two games and is adjusting to physical NBA play.
Wolves associate head coach David Vanterpool created a culture in Portland, investing in fringe players' games and lives as long as they possessed a work ethic.