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In the center of it all: Wolves big men show life in loss

MINNEAPOLIS -- During the Timberwolves' 25-plus seasons of existence, they haven't been treated to a glut of high-level centers. There's some name recognition at the position. Randy Breuer commands respect, but his jersey number's being retired in the Williams Arena rafters, not those of the Target Center, on Saturday. Luc Longley spent three years here, too, but his best work came...
Via Fox Sports North
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Bulls-Mavericks Preview

The Dallas Mavericks have boasted one of the NBA's elite offenses all season. The addition of Rajon Rondo has their defense beginning to look more like a top-tier group, too. The Chicago Bulls hope their own defense is back on track after shutting down the reigning champions. Dallas seeks a fifth win in six games Friday night when it hosts Chicago. The Mavericks (30-13) are averaging...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Wolves say Rubio's injury 'far worse' than high ankle sprain

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Timberwolves say point guard Ricky Rubio's right ankle injury was ''far worse'' than a high ankle sprain. While Rubio is going to need more time to return, Nikola Pekovic is back after a 31-game absence because of an injured right ankle. He was active Wednesday night against Dallas for the first time since Nov. 15. Rubio has not played since he was injured...
Via AP on Fox
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Saunders defends Rubio's desire, work ethic amid ongoing injury rehab

MINNEAPOLIS -- Turns out the injury that's kept Ricky Rubio out the past 10 weeks is more severe than the Timberwolves were letting on. Coming to Rubio's defense ahead of Wednesday night's home game against Dallas, Flip Saunders divulged the point guard's ailment is "even worse than a high-ankle sprain" -- the terminology used to characterize the injury Rubio suffered Nov. 7 at Orlando...
Via Fox Sports North
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Wolves: Rubio's injury far worse than high ankle sprain

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Timberwolves say point guard Ricky Rubio's right ankle injury was ''far worse'' than a high ankle sprain. While Rubio is going to need more time to return, Nikola Pekovic is back after a 31-game absence because of an injured right ankle. He was active Wednesday night against Dallas for the first time since Nov. 15. Rubio has not played since he was...
Via AP on Fox
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Wolves hope new practice facility lures top free-agent talent

MINNEAPOLIS -- Since the franchise's 1989 inception, the Timberwolves have struggled to lure and retain top-end talent, particularly in free agency. Kevin Love has come and gone. Stephon Marbury, too. And when the NBA's annual expiring-contracts circus makes its annual appearance, its main acts rarely look at Minnesota as a potential destination. The free agents that do end up here...
Via Fox Sports North
6 days ago  |  Discuss

After rapid improvement, Wolves believe Wiggins is just hitting stride

At some point during Andrew Wiggins' demonstrative, season-high 31-point night Saturday at Denver, an official who shall remain anonymous hopped in Flip Saunders' ear. "'Boy, Wiggins,'" the Timberwolves coach and president of basketball operations recounts him saying. "'How much he's improved in a month is almost astonishing.'" Even the referees are starting to notice. Basketball...
Via Fox Sports North
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Timberwolves near long-awaited return of ailing starters

MINNEAPOLIS -- Reinforcements are coming. That's been a constant reminder around the Timberwolves locker room since early on this season. It's served as a motivating factor for guys who otherwise wouldn't be playing as much. At times, coach and president of basketball operations Flip Saunders contends, it's been a cause for passivity -- a waiting game while Minnesota's three missing...
Via Fox Sports North
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Andrew Wiggins Scores Career-High 31 In Win

It wasn’t exactly Michael Jordan “Flu Game” level, but despite being sick. Minnesota Timberwolves Andrew Wiggins set a new career-high, dropping 31 points in the T-Wolves’ 113-105 road win over the Nuggets. “It’s almost astonishing his confidence level,” Wolves coach Flip Saunders said. “He just keeps continuing to get better and amaze and do everything, whether...
Via Hooped Up
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Road Reaction: Suns 110, Timberwolves 99

The Wolves came out and played a sound offensive game Friday at Talking Stick Resort Arena. They kept it close through part of the second half. Heck, they even got back on defense for a change, limiting the Suns to just eight fast-break points. But like so many games this season, anything Minnesota (6-32) did right was overshadowed by the final result. In front of 17,441 fans, the...
Via Fox Sports North
9 days ago  |  Discuss

One win doesn't change much, but Wolves hope it's step in right direction

One win doesn't change much. It doesn't change the fact the Timberwolves are 6-31 and firmly in the Western Conference's 16th and last standings spot. It doesn't magically grant the NBA's worst defense magical powers that aid its stopping ability. It doesn't change the fact they're on the way to an 11th straight season that ends with Game 82. And it doesn't improve the club's league...
Via Fox Sports North
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Wolves taking a different approach to shootarounds

MINNEAPOLIS -- The NBA morning shootaround was invented in 1955, inside a high school gym in the Boston area. There, former Celtics guard and NBA head coach Bill Sharman would get some shots up the morning of game days. The Hall of Famer and one-time teammate of Bob Cousy identified spots on the floor he'd shoot from in a game. Five makes in a row from each area, and he'd be done...
Via Fox Sports North
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Mo Williams' record-setting night ends Wolves' 15-game skid

One of the lengthiest losing streaks in Minnesota Timberwolves franchise history is over. And it's because of a 32-year-old point guard coach and president of basketball operations Flip Saunders signed this past summer to carry a mop, not a team. "We rode Mo," Saunders said on Tuesday of veteran floor general Mo Williams, inked this summer to a one-year deal as Ricky Rubio's backup...
Via Fox Sports North
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Already hurting Wolves lose Muhammad to abdominal strain

MINNEAPOLIS -- After practice Monday ahead of the Timberwolves' four-game road trip, a reporter asked Flip Saunders what a fully healthy roster would look like. Saunders paused for a second. Truth is, he hasn't had much reason to ponder that notion. "Will we ever have a fully healthy rotation?" the coach and president asked with a laugh. A day that brought progress on the injury...
Via Fox Sports North
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Losing streak has Saunders blaming lack of two-way players

MINNEAPOLIS -- Friday, May 3, 2013. Flip Saunders sat at the front of a room full of reporters and Timberwolves staffers, cueing them in on the franchise's new vision with him as president of basketball operations. Among that outlook was the dire necessity to acquire and develop two-way players, the NBA rarities that can produce offensively without being a liability at the other...
Via Fox Sports North
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Flip Saunders’ Illness A Blessing In Disguise

It was the same sombre tune for the Minnesota Timberwolves as they lost to the Denver Nuggets but the mournful conductor was missing for the team’s 12th successive defeat. Timberwolves manager Flip Saunders, who was apparently struck down by a fever, was not present and it was instead Minnesota legend Sam Mitchell who stepped in. Sadly, Mitchell’s presence did little to charge...
Via TWolves Blog
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Wolves waive Adrien, open roster spot

MINNEAPOLIS -- Jeff Adrien came to the Twin Cities knowing his time would be short. The serviceable big man's stint with the Timberwolves has come to an end. The team waived him Wednesday in preparation for Saturday's roster deadline, at which point all NBA contracts become guaranteed. Coach and president of basketball operations Flip Saunders had until Saturday to either keep Adrien...
Via Fox Sports North
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Preview: Timberwolves vs. Suns

The Minnesota Timberwolves are just as sick about not having won in nearly a month as they've become due to a team-wide bug that is making its way throughout the locker room. The only remedy now is a victory, but they don't even know who will be healthy enough to take the court Wednesday night. A win likely won't come easy no matter who is on the floor for Timberwolves as they host...
Via AP on Fox
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Ailing Timberwolves march to loss without Saunders

MINNEAPOLIS -- Before Monday night, Sam Mitchell's memories of stalking the Target Center sidelines were nothing but fond, albeit faint. But that was years ago, before the original Timberwolves player was reunited with the franchise as an assistant. Before the Kevin Love trade and its current fallout, which features a mostly-youthful litter that hasn't learned how to win yet. "It...
Via Fox Sports North
20 days ago  |  Discuss

T-wolves coach Flip Saunders misses game against Nuggets

  Minnesota coach Flip Saunders missed the Timberwolves' game against Denver on Monday night because of an illness. Saunders has been battling the bug that has circulated through the team for a few days and was hopeful he could make it to the game after skipping the morning shootaround. But by Monday afternoon it became clear he wasn't feeling well enough to coach, so assistant...
Via AP on Fox
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders misses game with illness

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota coach Flip Saunders missed the Timberwolves' game against Denver on Monday night because of an illness. Saunders has been battling the bug that has circulated through the team for a few days and was hopeful he could make it to the game after skipping the morning shootaround. But by Monday afternoon it became clear he wasn't feeling well enough to coach...
Via AP on Fox
21 days ago  |  Discuss

No excuses for Wolves' lack of energy, Saunders says

MINNEAPOLIS -- Some of the Timberwolves' current woes can't be helped. Andrew Wiggins never asked to become one of the team's primary scoring options so early. Zach LaVine didn't beg Flip Saunders to let him start at point guard. At no point in time did the club's founders petition the NBA to ensure placement in the rugged Western Conference. And unless there's some sort of injury...
Via Fox Sports North
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Saunders: Wolves' lack of energy in loss 'uncalled for'

MINNEAPOLIS -- There have now been 27 losses and just five wins in the Minnesota Timberwolves' season filled with growing pains. Saturday's 101-89 loss to the Utah Jazz might have been one of the toughest for Minnesota to stomach. Head coach Flip Saunders and his players talked plenty after the loss about the team's energy -- or a lack thereof. Minnesota had lost 10 straight games...
Via Fox Sports North
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Who should coach the Cleveland Cavaliers?

In a NBA landscape where Flip Saunders has more job titles than wins this season is LeBron James replacing David Blatt as head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers really that crazy? It probably is, at least on the surface, but with reports now coming out that the Cavs have “completely abandoned Blatt’s offensive system” and “LeBron has taken over as point guard without even...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Wolves officially close books on roller-coaster 2014 year

MINNEAPOLIS -- Any one of several images could be used to sum up perhaps the wildest year yet in Timberwolves history. Wednesday, April 16: Kevin Love staring at the Target Center's home locker room floor following his last game here, unresponsive after a reporter asks him of his future in Minnesota. Tuesday, Aug. 26: From left to right, Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett, Thaddeus...
Via Fox Sports North
26 days ago  |  Discuss
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