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Denver takes a ragged fourth… and Minnesota fans want to drink a fifth

It was — and will likely remain — the worst fourth quarter of NBA basketball this season. In 12 minutes of professional hoops, two teams combined to produce 21 points. It’s one thing when such a retina-searing sequence emerges in the first quarter of a game, in a half-empty arena, between two teams playing the second half of a back-to-back after being in different time zones...
Via Crossover Chronicles
January 07, 2016  |  Discuss

Sam Mitchell on still having an interim label: 'I don't worry about it'

Sam Mitchell wasn't supposed to be the head coach of the Timberwolves this season. He began the year as an assistant, but the team gave him the interim coaching position after then-coach Flip Saunders took medical leave back in September. After the unfortunate passing of Saunders the following month, Mitchell stayed on as interim coach.Now, the young Wolves, who are filled to the...
Via Fox Sports
January 04, 2016  |  Discuss

Preview: Wolves vs. Spurs

The late Flip Saunders lamented about Kawhi Leonard's dominance on the defensive end the last time the San Antonio Spurs manhandled the Minnesota Timberwolves.Reigning Rookie of the Year Andrew Wiggins is already too familiar with it.With their stopper leading the way, the Spurs seek their longest winning streak of the season Wednesday night against Wiggins and the host Timberwolves...
Via AP on Fox
December 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Spurs-Timberwolves Preview

The late Flip Saunders lamented about Kawhi Leonard's dominance on the defensive end the last time the San Antonio Spurs manhandled the Minnesota Timberwolves. Reigning Rookie of the Year Andrew Wiggins is already too familiar with it. With their stopper leading the way, the Spurs seek their longest winning streak of the season Wednesday night against Wiggins and the host Timberwolves...
Via AP on Fox
December 22, 2015  |  Discuss

After long road to GM, Timberwolves' Newton looks to honor Saunders' memory

MINNEAPOLIS -- Kent Amos sat in his Washington, D.C., living room 36 years ago, three lost boys standing before him.Amos and his wife Carmen were embarking on a new mentoring program for wayward children, and 14-year-old Milt Newton was among the first three candidates to receive the family's help."There were bigger boys that came along with him, but he had a strength and presence...
Via AP on Fox
November 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Milt Newton's odyssey from troubled kid to Timberwolves GM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Kent Amos sat in his Washington, D.C., living room 36 years ago, three lost boys standing before him. Amos and his wife Carmen were embarking on a new mentoring program for wayward children, and 14-year-old Milt Newton was among the first three candidates to receive the family's help. ''There were bigger boys that came along with him, but he had a strength and...
Via AP on Fox
November 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Nevada coach to honor father and Flip Saunders with warmup routine

Eric Musselman, head coach of the Nevada men’s basketball team and son of former University of Minnesota basketball coach Bill Musselman, will pay tribute to his father and the late Flip Saunders when the Wolfpack take the court on Nov. 25. At Minnesota, Musselman featured a unique, Harlem Globetrotter-esque warmup routine that the younger Musselman will include when his Nevada...
Via Campus Sports Net
November 25, 2015  |  Discuss

NBA Moments: The bipolar T-Wolves beat the sluggish Heat

Tuesday night in the NBA, the Detroit Pistons simultaneously arrested a slide; got healthy at home; and knocked off the prohibitive Eastern Conference favorite. The Pistons’ victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers was one of the night’s most notable results. Yet, it felt notable because of what it said about one of the two teams involved in that contest. The result from Tuesday...
Via Crossover Chronicles
November 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Can the Timberwolves Make the Playoffs

At 5-6, the young Timberwolves have exceeded the expectations of most early into this season.  Considering the loss of head coach, Flip Saunders, and some injury setbacks to Ricky Rubio, the Wolves’ early record is all the more impressive.  When the season started did anyone think that this team would be able to go into Atlanta or Chicago and come away victorious?  Yes, the...
Via TWolves Blog
November 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Timberwolves wearing 'Flip' patch in newest update of NBA 2K16

With Flip Saunders' passing still in their rearview mirror, the Timberwolves have decided to wear patches that say 'Flip' on them throughout the remainder of the season. To honor a beloved coach, it's the only move to make.Now, video game company 2K Sports is honoring Flip in its own way, as well, adding the Flip patch to Timberwolves players in the newest update of NBA 2K16. From...
Via Fox Sports
November 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Preview: Wolves vs. Heat

The Minnesota Timberwolves' first home game started with an outpouring of emotion. They would like the second to end with a victory.After a two-day break following a draining tribute to Flip Saunders, the Timberwolves look for their first home win against the Miami Heat on Thursday night.A heart-rending opening two weeks for the Timberwolves continued on Monday with a pregame tribute...
Via AP on Fox
November 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Preview: Wolves vs. Heat

The Minnesota Timberwolves' first home game started with an outpouring of emotion. They would like the second to end with a victory. After a two-day break following a draining tribute to Flip Saunders, the Timberwolves look for their first home win against the Miami Heat on Thursday night. A heart-rending opening two weeks for the Timberwolves continued on Monday with a pregame tribute...
Via Fox Sports North
November 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Preview: Wolves vs. Heat

The Minnesota Timberwolves' first home game started with an outpouring of emotion. They would like the second to end with a victory. After a two-day break following a draining tribute to Flip Saunders, the Timberwolves look for their first home win against the Miami Heat on Thursday night. A heart-rending opening two weeks for the Timberwolves continued on Monday with a pregame tribute...
Via Fox Sports North
November 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Timberwolves lost because of a horrible basketball rule

Monday night, the Minnesota Timberwolves — having paid tribute to Flip Saunders — wanted to make the moment count in their home opener against the Portland Trail Blazers. Andrew Wiggins wanted to make a moment, period. In the final minute of regulation, he did… for the wrong reasons. With the Timberwolves trailing, 103-101, Wiggins did something unpardonable and unforgivable...
Via Crossover Chronicles
November 03, 2015  |  Discuss

The Timberwolves lost because of a horrible basketball rule

Monday night, the Minnesota Timberwolves — having paid tribute to Flip Saunders — wanted to make the moment count in their home opener against the Portland Trail Blazers. Andrew Wiggins wanted to make a moment, period. In the final minute of regulation, he did… for the wrong reasons. With the Timberwolves trailing, 103-101, Wiggins did something unpardonable and unforgivable...
Via Bloguin Best
November 03, 2015  |  Discuss

T-wolves honor Flip before loss in home opener to Blazers

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Timberwolves cried their way through an emotional pregame tribute to fallen coach Flip Saunders and honored him with a stirring first quarter in their home opener.They seemed to hit a wall after that, and it's hard to say whether it was a week of grieving or Damian Lillard's brilliance that was most to blame.Lillard had 34 points and seven assists, and...
Via AP on Fox
November 03, 2015  |  Discuss

With promising future ahead, Wolves say goodbye to Flip Saunders

There was a basketball game to be played here on Monday night. It was a relatively important one, too: A sellout crowd at the Target Center, the No. 1 overall pick making his home debut, the old vet starting his 21st season back with the team that drafted him, an exciting new beginning for Minnesota Timberwolves basketball.But it marked an ending, too. And so before any basketball...
Via Fox Sports
November 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Timberwolves have Flip Saunders tribute scheduled for home opener

The Timberwolves opened up their season with two road games, but Monday night will bring them back to the home front for a game against the Trail Blazers. More important than the homecourt advantage will be what the team has planned: A tribute to the late Flip Saunders. Here's more from CBS Minnesota:Saunders unexpectedly passed away a little more than a week ago after a battle...
Via Fox Sports
November 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Saunders family establishes memorial fund for fallen coach

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The family of the late Minnesota Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders has established a memorial fund that they say will help carry his legacy forward. The family announced Friday that Saunders will be laid to rest this weekend in a private ceremony after dying from complications of Hodgkin's lymphoma on Sunday. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be...
Via AP on Fox
October 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Flip Saunders’ family creates memorial fund in his memory

Minnesota basketball — and the NBA world at-large — is still left reeling in the aftermath of the shocking and untimely death of Flip Saunders due to complications from his battle with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. The family of the late Minnesota Timberwolves executive, head coach and part owner have announced it has created a memorial fund in tribute of the life he lived. The Flip...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
October 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Timberwolves embark on a new era in sadness

When The Sports Post asked me to write a season-opening feature on the Minnesota Timberwolves for our NBA section, I was excited to do it. I had spent six years working for the Wolves in the mid-to-late-90s, and the team now appeared on the verge of turning around a decade of futility. The Wolves had gotten the No. 1 overall draft choice in the 2015 draft for the first time in...
Via The Sports Post
October 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Flip Saunders: 1955-2015

On Sunday, October 25, 2015, the Minnesota Timberwolves lost a father figure, the NBA lost a respected coach and the world lost what many would describe as a good man. It’s hard to find the right thing to say about someone that you never knew but still influenced something that was important to you during your formative years. Flip Saunders was that man. This isn’t about someone...
Via The Lottery Mafia
October 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Rubio outshines Kobe & KG, lifts 'Wolves after honoring Saunders

Ricky Rubio had a career-high 28 points and 14 assists and the Minnesota Timberwolves rallied from a 16-point deficit in the second half to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 112-111 Wednesday night in their first game since Flip Saunders' death. Kevin Martin scored 23 points. The Timberwolves played with heavy hearts three days after they lost Saunders, the longtime coach and team president...
Via AP on Fox
October 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Wolves edge Lakers in season-opening thriller

LOS ANGELES -- Ricky Rubio had a career-high 28 points and 14 assists and the Minnesota Timberwolves rallied from a 16-point deficit in the second half to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 112-111 Wednesday night in their first game since Flip Saunders' death. Kevin Martin scored 23 points for the Timberwolves, who played with heavy hearts three days after they lost Saunders, the longtime...
Via Fox Sports North
October 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Timberwolves, Lakers honor Flip Saunders with warm-up shirts

Last month, Flip Saunders took a leave of absence from the Timberwolves to focus on his health, as he was battling Hodgkin’s Lyphoma. On Sunday, Saunders lost his fight against the disease. As Timberwolves got their season underway against the Lakers on Wednesday, Saunders was on the mind of players from both teams. During pregame...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
October 29, 2015  |  Discuss
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