Kent Youngblood | Star Tribune
Reporter | Pro Sports

Kent Youngblood is a general assignment reporter. He writes most often about the Timberwolves and Wild.

Wolves' Jimmy Butler antsy to return from injured right knee

Back with the team, the All-Star seemed to be aiming to return before the end of the regular season.

Former WNBA star Tanisha Wright ends 'retirement' to join Lynx

Wright, whose defensive prowess allows her to guard both guards and forwards, left to become an assistant coach at North Carolina-Charlotte last season.

Wild gives Hendrickson a break to watch son win state hockey title

The assistant coach got home from Vancouver in time to watch son Mason play for Minnetonka, which defeated Duluth East for the Class 2A boys' hockey title Saturday.

After so much winning, Reeve working her general manager game

Cheryl Reeve has pushed to expand the way the Lynx prepares, both for April's draft and for the upcoming season when the Lynx will try to win their fifth WNBA title in eight years.

With Butler down, Bjelica has stepped up for Wolves

His minutes having spiked since Jimmy Butler's knee injury, Nemanja Bjelica continues to get more aggressive. Thursday he scored a career-high 30 points and had 12 rebounds. He also played 40 or more minutes for the second consecutive game.

Wild aims not to let games on the road get away this time

After poor play on the road last week, the Wild hopes to this time keep games under control against Vancouver and Edmonton.

Survive and advance: Tough stretch to make or break Wolves playoff hope

With 16 games left the Wolves are 38-28. They are in a virtual tie with San Antonio and New Orleans for fourth in the West, one game behind Portland, but just two games from being out of the playoff picture.

Teague on Rubio hit: 'I didn't think I hit him that hard'

Karl-Anthony Towns and Jeff Teague admitted to losing their cool at Utah, where both were ejected during a game the Wolves went on to lose.

Back for the playoffs? Wolves' Butler has surgery on knee

The team said he will be out indefinitely, but Jimmy Butler has been telling people he intends to return for the playoffs after hurting his knee in Houston.

Wolves shake off adversity to beat Chicago 122-104

Playing their first game without the injured Jimmy Butler and just hours after arriving back to Minnesota after team plane issues, the Timberwolves hunkered down for a win.