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Now losers of nine in a row, Minnesota on Wednesday night suffered yet another lopsided decision before taking a week off for the NBA All-Star break.
The first time the Wolves played the Hornets in Charlotte, Jalen McDaniels had just been recalled from the G-League. On Wednesday, he and Jaden were both in action.
The appointment to Team USA for Anthony Edwards is largely ceremonial, since there will be no Rising Stars Game at the All-Star weekend in Atlanta.
Tuesday's practice, just his second since taking over as coach, was an attempt for Chris Finch to install a sense of normalcy along with some of his concepts.
It can often feel like this Wolves season is going in a flat circle, one President Gersson Rosas has tasked new coach Chris Finch with breaking. The Wolves are 0-4 under him and now have lost eight straight.
After Sunday's loss, veteran Ricky Rubio wondered if trusting the process will work. "I kind of don't believe in that kind of system," he said.
Entering Sunday, rookie guard Anthony Edwards had taken 42% of his shot attempts from three-point range.
Malik Beasley's ban stems from a guilty plea after he aimed a rifle at a pregnant woman, her husband and their teenage daughter outside his home last fall.
A lot of possessions could be a good thing, but opponents are also benefiting from Minnesota's hurried style in the first two games under the new coach.
After Karl-Anthony Towns fouled out with 12 seconds left in regulation, Ricky Rubio sent the game to an overtime that the Bulls controlled.
Karl-Anthony Towns fouled out Wednesday night in Chicago, but he hasn't been as demonstrative with officials this season. There's a reason for that.
The organization, headed by Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle, believes minority candidates were excluded in the team's short search to replace Ryan Saunders.
After an eight-day break, the team will start the remaining slate of games in New Orleans.
Chris Finch's biggest takeaway from the Wolves' defensive effort against Milwaukee — a lack of physicality. "They didn't feel us all night," the new coach said.
The firing of Ryan Saunders and subsequent hiring of Chris Finch from Toronto's coaching staff at midseason doesn't have a lot of precedent in the NBA.
Franchise centerpiece Karl-Anthony Towns made a few things clear Tuesday morning after the Wolves worked out before tonight's game in Milwaukee.
Wolves President Gersson Rosas said he made the decision to fire Ryan Saunders on Sunday. But his interest in Chris Finch as the top target to replace Saunders began much earlier.
The new coach called his star center, who reaffirmed his commitment to the franchise before Sunday's firing.
The firing of Ryan Saunders, made after Sunday night's loss to New York, is a stunning turn of events for the trajectory of the Wolves franchise. Saunders is being replaced by Toronto Raptors assistant Chris Finch.
The second half of the Timberwolves' 103-99 loss to the Knicks encapsulated the overarching theme of their season in 24 minutes of basketball.
The Timberwolves never showed the success on that end of the floor that the coach has had elsewhere.
The current Knicks coach had a season of success in Minnesota, but his moves left the team struggling to recover.
There was a rare sighting on the floor in Wednesday's Timberwolves loss to the Pacers — Naz Reid and Karl-Anthony Towns playing together.
A three-point try by Anthony Edwards at the end of the fourth quarter went in and out, sending the game into overtime and the Wolves to another defeat.
Karl-Anthony Towns said he still hasn't recovered from a dislocated wrist that he suffered in the second game of the season.
Anthony Edwards said he has been trying to learn some of Dwyane Wade's steps by watching film.
No. 1 draft pick Anthony Edwards was electrifying during the fourth quarter. His best effort of the season earned respect but not a victory, though.
D'Angelo Russell has a 'loose body' in his left knee, the team announced Tuesday, and will miss at least a month.
Karl-Anthony Towns and D'Angelo Russell have played only five games together in over a year, and now Russell is out at least four weeks
Over the past three games, Anthony Edwards has looked more at ease playing off the Timberwolves' franchise center, specifically in the pick and roll.
The Lakers dismantled the Wolves 127-91 in Los Angeles on Dec. 27, but Karl-Anthony Towns missed that game because of a wrist injury.
After playing below expectations for most of the season, Ricky Rubio sparked a late run to beat the Raptors, who are playing in Florida because of Canada's pandemic travel rules.
Malik Beasley has thrived since Karl-Anthony Towns returned to the lineup.
Guard Malik Beasley campaigned for more playing time Friday but said Sunday that he didn't want to "get my words mixed up."
After a recent bout of COVID-19, Karl-Anthony Towns has tried to raise awareness as the NBA struggles in a new normal.
The Hornets on Friday were without three players because of COVID-19 protocols, a development that "spooked" the Wolves' Karl-Anthony Towns, in just his second game back from the virus. Charlotte beat Minnesota 120-114.
Following Friday night's loss in Charlotte, Malik Beasley took a question about his fitness level and turned it into a public campaign to get even more minutes.
Jaylen Nowell and Jaden McDaniels, a competitive pair, have elbowed their way into the Wolves' rotation, which is no surprise to their former coach at the University of Washington.
Russell and Karl-Anthony Towns have still only played five games together since Russell came to Minnesota in last year's trade.
Karl-Anthony Towns announced his re-entry to basketball after battling COVID with a quick putback dunk and a three-pointer. But the Wolves lost to the Clippers 119-112.
After playing 21 minutes in his first game back from COVID, Karl-Anthony Downs spoke out during an emotional meeting with the media.
The team's center has been sidelined because of COVID-19, and has played in only four games this season.
Before Monday's return, Ryan Saunders said Juancho Hernangomez was healthy enough to play, but hinted he wasn't yet in the playing rotation.
Guard had 22 points in the final nine minutes of the game against the Mavericks on Monday night.
The Wolves managed to make the loss to Dallas close after a horrible start in which they fell behind by 21 points in the first quarter.
Sidelined because of COVID-19, Karl-Anthony Towns has missed the past 12 games. He's been with the team on its current road trip.
D'Angelo Russell sank a game-winning three after the Wolves almost gave Friday night's game away in Oklahoma City.
Rookie Jaden McDaniels has impressed teammates and the coaching staff with his defense, and he was on the floor to close out Friday's win.
Statistics back up Anthony Edwards' assertion that he doesn't operate one-on-one all that much. But when it happens, he's comfortable.
Ricky Rubio said all those blowouts the Timberwolves suffered at the beginning of the season haunted them in their 111-108 loss to San Antonio.
Timberwolves coach Ryan Saunders hasn't used a whiteboard to draw up plays. Instead, Saunders has been using a tablet, and there are some analytical reasons for that.
Ahead by 16 points in the fourth quarter, the Wolves went cold. "We stopped doing the things that got us the lead," coach Ryan Saunders said.
Timberwolves point guard D'Angelo Russell took most of the shots inside of five minutes. It's why he is earning a maximum contract and supposed to be one of the most dangerous offensive weapons.
Jaden McDaniels, Anthony Edwards, Jaylen Nowell and Jarred Vanderbilt have taken advantage of openings created by injuries and illnesses.
Rookie Anthony Edwards had 23 points, five rebounds and four assists, and his play turned around the game in the third quarter.
Rookie Jaden McDaniels was projected to take time to acclimate to the NBA, but he's already making an impact.
Jaylen Nowell played his first significant minutes of the season over the past two games — 16 against Golden State on Wednesday and 23 against Philadelphia on Friday.
Virtual contact not cutting it for a Wolves team craving off-the-court time to jell.
"I know who I am, but it's off," Ricky Rubio said about his game and career-low statistics.
Readers had questions about draft odds, Ricky Rubio's future and the Wolves' style of play.
By buying into the team's shooting philosophy, Naz Reid has fit in well with the Wolves despite being an undrafted free agent in 2019.
The Wolves traded a top-three protected first-round pick to Golden State. By beating the Wolves during any game this season, the Warriors help ensure the Wolves' record stays among the worst in the NBA.
After halftime, Stephen Curry and the Warriors stopped messing around and ended the game against the undermanned Wolves in a 123-111 win in San Francisco.
If there was any doubt at the end, Stephen Curry scored 15 of his 36 points in the fourth quarter.
Former Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins said he appreciates how his current team communicates with players.
Team needed to notify NBA well in advance of a planned rest day for the guard, but then the injury kept him out of Monday's game.
He hasn't soured on his former club a year after he was traded to Golden State for D'Angelo Russell.
Wolves boss Gersson Rosas says his young team should be further along in its development, saying it lacks identity on both sides of the ball. "It's frustrating and it's disappointing," he said.
After years of of never unpacking his bags no matter where he was living, perhaps D'Angelo Russell finally has found some firm footing with the Wolves.
The Wolves are now 1-9 when they play without star center Karl-Anthony Towns. On Friday, Atlanta's Clint Capela finished with 13 points, 19 rebounds and 10 blocks.
After another Wolves loss, Ricky Rubio once again didn't hold back, saying the Wolves could benefit from a team meeting. But they can't have one because of COVID protocols.
Ricky Rubio came off the bench in Friday's game against Atlanta. Juancho Hernangomez and Karl-Anthony Towns remained out
Ryan Saunders spent a major portion of his day-after media session answering for some of his decisions at the end of Wednesday's game against Orlando.
"You're not realizing how close we are when the result is loss-loss-loss," the Wolves point guard said.
Following the Wolves' 108-97 loss at Atlanta on Monday, Anthony Edwards responded to a question about trying to snap out of a recent funk by saying he has been expecting to get more calls when he drives to the hoop.