Timberwolves face Butler, 76ers for 1st time since breakup
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — About two months after Jimmy Butler initiated their breakup, the Minnesota Timberwolves are going to pay him a visit.
Saunders wins 1st game, T’Wolves top Thunder 119-117
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Ryan Saunders went right into the fire in his first game as the Minnesota Timberwolves' interim coach.
His debut was a down-to-the wire finish with the Oklahoma City Thunder, one of the best teams in the Western Conference.
His team came through. Andrew Wiggins had a season-high 40 points and 10 rebounds, and the Timberwolves beat the Thunder 119-117 on Tuesday night.
“New captain” Saunders has Wolves’ trust in interim role
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Ryan Saunders has always had basketball in his blood, the consummate coach's son who as a kid would sometimes doze off on the couch after joining dad for a late-night review of game film.
Roughly three years after the death of his father, Flip Saunders , the 32-year-old Ryan Saunders has assumed the job in Minnesota he's been aiming for all along, albeit earlier and more abruptly than ever expected.
Timberwolves fire coach, president Tom Thibodeau
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves had just posted their fourth-largest margin of victory of the season, and Tom Thibodeau looked and sounded satisfied Sunday as the demanding and intense coach used his postgame news conference to praise the attitude and energy with which his team had just played.
Wiggins leads Wolves past Lakers 108-86 before Thibs firing
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Slowly but surely, the Minnesota Timberwolves have begun to find their way behind franchise cornerstones Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins.
The next step in their development will be adjusting to another new coach.
Towns, Teague help Wolves recover in 120-103 win over Magic
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Through 17 minutes, the Minnesota Timberwolves watched the Orlando Magic shoot 76.4 percent and open a 19-point lead. Returning home after a trip was looking like another letdown for Minnesota.
Then the Timberwolves started playing team defense.
Karl-Anthony Towns had 29 points and 15 rebounds, and Jeff Teague added 23 points and 10 assists in his return to the Minnesota lineup in the Timberwolves' 120-103 comeback victory Friday night.
Derrick Rose to sit out vs. Thunder with sore ankle
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Minnesota Timberwolves guard Derrick Rose was ruled out Sunday against Oklahoma City with a sore left ankle.
Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau made the announcement prior to the game.
Rose left Friday's game at San Antonio in the second quarter.
Jeff Teague out for Timberwolves vs. Kings with ankle injury
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Jeff Teague will miss Monday's game against the Sacramento Kings with left ankle inflammation.
Coach Tom Thibodeau said Teague, who averages 11.6 points and a team-high 8.3 assists per game, didn't sustain a particular injury, but the inflammation built over time.
Teague had been considered a game-time decision. He missed seven games earlier this season with a left knee injury. Derrick Rose will start in Teague's place.
The Timberwolves, finally, are getting it done on defense
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — With a baseline drive by Chris Paul and a bounce pass into the paint to Clint Capela, the Houston Rockets had what appeared to be an uncontested dunk early in the fourth quarter that would have cut Minnesota's lead to five points.
Covington, Towns lead Timberwolves past Cavs, 102-95
CLEVELAND (AP) — There's no question the Minnesota Timberwolves have been better since trading disgruntled star Jimmy Butler.
Monday night's 102-95 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers improved Minnesota's record to 6-2 since the trade two weeks ago that sent Butler to Philadelphia.
The victory moved Minnesota within a game of .500. The Timberwolves haven't been at the break-even mark since the fourth game of the season.
Wolves hold out Butler vs. Jazz for ‘precautionary rest’
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves ruled out All-Star Jimmy Butler before their game Wednesday night against Utah for "precautionary rest."
Coach Tom Thibodeau told reporters at the morning shootaround that Butler's absence was not related to his trade request.
"He missed all of training camp, basically, so he has just general soreness," Thibodeau said.
Wolves clamp down on defense in 101-91 win over Pacers
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Through the first three games of the season, the Minnesota Timberwolves were not playing the type of defense that head coach Tom Thibodeau wanted to see.
That changed Monday night.
Minnesota clamped down on the defensive end against Indiana as Jimmy Butler returned to the lineup to score 20 points to lead the Timberwolves to a 101-91 win over the Pacers.
"We played a little bit of defense finally," Butler said. "It felt good."
Wolves rest Butler for Dallas trip, 2nd game of back-to-back
DALLAS (AP) — Disgruntled guard Jimmy Butler is skipping the second game of Minnesota's first back-to-back of the season, staying home to rest while the team traveled to Dallas.
Coach Tom Thibodeau said the decision was made to rest Butler on Saturday night after the pair visited following his 33-point outing in a 131-123 win over Cleveland in the Timberwolves' home opener. Minnesota was playing in the Mavericks' first home game.
Butler to join Wolves in opener at Spurs, despite asking out
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Just like last season, Jimmy Butler and the Minnesota Timberwolves traveled to San Antonio for their opener.
After all the disruption caused by Butler's trade request that became public a week before training camp began, no deal has been made. So the four-time All-Star will be on the court facing off against the Spurs with his Timberwolves teammates on Wednesday, no matter the awkwardness and tension that might be lingering.
Butler misses T-Wolves shootaround amid trade-demand drama
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Jimmy Butler was absent as the Minnesota Timberwolves wrapped up preparations for their preseason finale Friday night.
Butler has demanded a trade but returned to practice with the team Wednesday, a session that included him verbally challenging teammates and coaches. He was not with the team at Friday's shootaround in Milwaukee.
As Butler drama lingers, Wolves aim for return to playoffs
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Last season, the Minnesota Timberwolves parlayed the arrival of Jimmy Butler into the franchise's first appearance in the playoffs in 14 years.
Butler, naturally, has been the focal point for Minnesota with the start of this season fast approaching, but in a most surprising and distracting way.
‘We’re trying’: Thibodeau offers update on Butler situation
Jimmy Butler is still with the Minnesota Timberwolves, at least in an official sense.
In reality, it remains a mess.
Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau Friday acknowledged the team's efforts to grant Butler's trade request.
"Obviously, we're trying to get something done," Thibodeau told reporters in Minneapolis.
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With Butler trade looming, Wolves take trip west for bonding
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — For a team that didn't make any major moves during the summer, the Minnesota Timberwolves sure have their share of new players this season.
As NBA training camps open, and many stories worth noting
MIAMI (AP) — Training camps for most NBA teams open Tuesday, and with the season fast approaching, here's 10 items of note as the league heads into the 2018-19 campaign:
Thibodeau: Wolves will deal Butler if offer is ‘good for us’
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves have started their 30th season amid more drama and dysfunction, an all-too-familiar feeling.
Timber-Bulls: Minnesota signs Deng for another Thibs reunion
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves have signed free agent forward Luol Deng, the latest former Chicago Bulls player to reunite with coach Tom Thibodeau.
Deng's one-year deal is for the minimum salary of $2.4 million for a player with his experience, according to a person with knowledge of the contract who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team does not release terms.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves made major strides this season in ending their 13-year absence from the NBA playoffs after a franchise-altering trade for All-Star Jimmy Butler.
With cornerstones Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins in their early 20s and veterans Taj Gibson and Jeff Teague coming off productive debuts in Minnesota, there is a sturdy starting lineup in place around Butler to ideally take the Timberwolves deeper in the next postseason.
Wolves rookies realize playing time must be earned
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves used the draft to add a pair of players possessing the skills they want for the wing positions.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves are taking a pair of picks and a flexible approach into the NBA draft.
The Wolves own the 20th overall selection in the first round as well as the 48th overall choice in the second round on Thursday night.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — For the first time since 2004, the Minnesota Timberwolves are entering May without their customary collection of good-luck charms for the NBA draft lottery.
The longest-running absence from the playoffs in the league finally over, the Wolves took a significant accomplishment into the summer after their 47-35 record during the regular season tied for the fifth-best in franchise history.
Almost exactly two years ago, the head coaching landscape in Minnesota sports changed considerably.
Timberwolves veteran guard Jamal Crawford deemed the season that just was a success while young star Andrew Wiggins chose to call it an improvement instead.
The Timberwolves won 47 games and made the playoffs for the first time in 14 seasons despite an injury to their most important player.
houston – A year ago this month, Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau exited Toyota Center on the season’s final night muttering something about 13 consecutive fruitless seasons and how he was sick of the losing after living through only one.
Houston soundly swept the Timberwolves 4-0 in their regular-season series due to simple mathematics and this reliable fact: 3 andgt; 2.
Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau has talked constantly during the playoffs heck, during the entire season about the importance of trusting the pass.
Why Derrick Rose, of all people, can tip Timberwolves-Rockets series in Minnesota’s favor
Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau offered a very matter of fact answer when asked if he had seen anything different out of point guard Derrick Rose in Saturdays 121-105 victory over the Rockets.
Long time coming: Wolves erupt at home for 121-105 Game 3 victory over Rockets
The 17th sellout crowd this season showed up at Target Center Saturday night to celebrate the first NBA playoff game there since 2004.
All-Stars Jimmy Butler, Karl-Anthony Towns and the Timberwolves showed up, too, in a 121-105 victory.
It wasnt hard to find a theme at the Timberwolves practice facility Sunday. Coach Tom Thibodeau said the word over and over. Center Karl-Anthony Towns said Thibodeau wrote the word on the blackboard, before the teams film session, more than 10 times.
Jimmy Butler’s return serves Timberwolves with energy surge as they chase playoffs
Jimmy Butlers return to the Timberwolves Friday night after 17 games away injured brought back more than their four-time All-Star and best two-way player.
It provided energy and hope to a team that began to lack both the longer it played without him.
DENVER On Thursday morning, Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau called that nights crucial visit to Denver go time for a team that hasnt made the playoffs since 2004.
Jimmy Butler active but doesn’t play vs. Nuggets; Jeff Teague back in starting lineup
DENVER After 16 games sidelined by knee surgery, Timberwolves four-time All Star Jimmy Butler was active and listed as available to play Thursday vs. Denver in a game filled with Western Conference playoff implications, but he didnt.
Wolves run a lot in games, but coach Tom Thibodeau is not sole reason for that
Last week, Timberwolves guard Jeff Teague said the team was tired toward the end of its 95-92 loss to the Grizzlies at Target Center in a comment that caused criticism for his demanding boss, coach Tom Thibodeau.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves have been stumbling down the stretch, trying to hold on long enough for the franchise's first postseason appearance in 14 years.
Jimmy Butler might be back just in time.
The All-Star shooting guard, whose fearlessness with the ball and tenacity defending it has been badly missed by the team, told reporters after practice on Tuesday that he's "this close" to being back on the court.
When he traded away Ricky Rubio and chose free-agent Jeff Teague over Derrick Rose as his point guard, Tom Thibodeau, Timberwolves coach/president of basketball operations, cited Teague’s durability as one big reason why.
The last time these two teams played, referees ejected Timberwolves starters Karl-Anthony Towns and Jeff Teague and Utahs Jaw Crowder, too, from a testy game that coach Tom Thibodeau still didnt deem tipped any scale.
The four veterans brought in by Timberwolves coach/boss Tom Thibodeau before the start of the 2017-18 season have proved to be sizable assets.
DALLAS – Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler took a big step Friday. Cleared by the medical staff, Butler took part in his first contact drills during the team’s morning shootaround. It is a big step in his return from Feb. 25 right knee surgery.
Under the weather but not quite over the moon, Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns claimed he didn’t know just what he had done in Wednesday night’s 126-114 victory over Atlanta until coach Tom Thibodeau had delivered his postgame comments to players and locker-room attendants began collecting sweaty jerseys for laundering.
Jeff Teague says ‘guys ran out of gas’ in Timberwolves’ loss to Memphis Grizzlies
Timberwolves veteran point guard Jeff Teagues 42 minutes played in Monday nights damaging home loss to Memphis wasnt such a rare event, it just seemed that way.
You might have heard the three-point revolution has overtaken the NBA. Franchises such as the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets have geared their rosters around the shot to great success and Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau wants his team to shoot and make more threes.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves have seven games to go in this strenuous regular season, coming tantalizingly close to the tormented franchise's first appearance in the playoffs in 14 years.
The trouble is their once-sturdy postseason bid is also teetering on the brink of being painfully denied.
After some hours to reflect, and after a lengthy film session, Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau was still talking about toughness or the lack thereof in the way of Mondays loss to Memphis.