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This was one they needed. After a bad stretch defensively spanning four games, the Timberwolves looked more like a playoff-bound team Sunday against the Phoenix...
Despite Friday’s double-digit loss to the Miami Heat, losing three of their last four games and even their 118-110 loss to Sunday afternoon opponent Phoenix on Nov. 11, the Timberwolves have opted to move forward. “It gets frustrating, but you’ve got to stay the course,” Timberwolves forward Taj Gibson said at Saturday afternoon practice. “It’s still a group of guys that are still getting in it, bonding with veterans. You still have to stay patient, always have to stay positive.” That’s probably tough for Gibson, a veteran in his ninth season in the NBA who has mostly experienced playoff berths and success since entering the NBA. His longtime head coach Tom Thibodeau is the same way. During his stint in Chicago — with both Gibson and Jimmy Butler — he made the playoffs every year and got as far as the Eastern Conference Finals in 2011. To be clear, the Timberwolves […]
Tim Faklis, Dane Moore, David Naylor and Tom Schreier discuss Nemanja Bjelica's efforts in the Timberwolves win over the Spurs, Dane's article on Taj...
Chris Herring joins Tim Faklis, Dane Moore, David Naylor and Tom Schreier to discuss the synergy between the Timberwolves stars, then the guys discuss...
The Phoenix Suns entered Saturday night’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves with a record of 4-9. They had lost five straight games, the last three of those at home, and came off a sizable loss to Orlando on Friday night. Their 112.7 defensive rating was second-worst in the NBA. This juggernaut held the Timberwolves to below 40 percent shooting from the field, and a significant advantage from the free-throw line wasn’t enough to overcome the unstoppable offensive duo of TJ Warren and Devin Booker as the Suns walked away with the 118-110 victory. It’s hard to sugarcoat this one from a Minnesotan perspective. The Suns were bottom-five in the NBA in both offense and defense entering this game, and while the Timberwolves aren’t much better on defense, they should have been able to run this team out of their own building. Instead, failed execution, forced shots and pretty miserable games […]
If the Minnesota Timberwolves (8-19) are going to scale the NBA standings, they are going to have to beat teams like the 8-20 Phoenix Suns. The Wolves picked up the win Monday night behind the efforts of their three best players. Karl-Anthony Towns finished with 28 points and 15 rebounds, his eighth consecutive double-double, Andrew Wiggins scored 26 points, scoring 18 in the second half and Zach LaVine finished with 23 points, his fourth consecutive 20-plus point performance. Tonight was third time this season (7th overall) that Towns, Wiggins and LaVine each scored 20+ points (2-1 this season, 5-2 overall). — Timberwolves PR (@Twolves_PR) December 20, 2016 “Well, that was one of the things we were talking about was, ‘just finish it,'” said head coach Tom Thibodeau. “Finishing our defense, finishing our spacing and finishing the game. We’re still having lulls, but we have to be a 48-minute team, and the […]
The Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Phoenix Suns 121-116 on Monday night. Andrew Wiggins led the team with 32 points, Karl-Anthony Towns recorded his 45th double-double (27 points, 10 rebounds) and Ricky Rubio had 17 points and 11 assists, his 14th double-double of the season. Brandon Knight came out firing, scoring Phoenix’s first 13 points and finished the night with 30, but he did not score in the 4th quarter and only had three in the third. Devin Booker also finished with 30 points. Mirza Teletovic had 19 off the bench. “It just seems like every night, somebody on the team that we’re playing just starts making ridiculous types of shots. And I just thought Brandon Knight in that first quarter was just (hot) and Ricky’s our best defender. What do you do?” said interim coach Sam Mitchell after the game. “And then in the second half, we kinda got control […]
The Timberwolves were defeated by the Phoenix Suns on Monday, 107-104. Andrew Wiggins converted a layup to tie things up at 104 with 4.9 seconds remaining in the final frame. But on the ensuing possession, Mirza Teletovic knocked down his fifth 3-pointer of the night that would give Phoenix the lead, and ultimately the win, 107-104. “We gave this one away,” Zach LaVine said afterward, as was reported by The AP’s Jose Romero over at NBA.com. Suns' Mirza Teletovic splashes game-winning three w/ 1.2 seconds left to beat Timberwolves pic.twitter.com/bUnqmvpK79 — Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) March 15, 2016 “We should have come out and had a better outing in the third quarter and been more aggressive and more efficient and little more smart with our play,” LaVine, having scored a team-high 28 points on 10-of-15 shooting (3-of-7 3PT FG) in 31 minutes of playing time, added shortly thereafter. The starting lineup of Ricky Rubio, Zach LaVine, Andrew Wiggins, […]
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