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On the Wolves

On the Wolves

Shaq gets his statue prior to Lakers vs. Wolves in L.A.

The Lakers' unveiling of a Shaquille O'Neal statue outside Staples Center reminds one sportswriter of the day he turned pro so many years ago.

Omri Casspi set to make Wolves debut tonight vs. San Antonio

Omri Casspi

Not having played in an NBA game in nearly a month and still wearing a small brace on his mending right thumb, Omri Casspi said he was excited to be wearing a Wolves jersey.

NBA announces Wolves' 'Global Games' in China in October

Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai played host to a Pac-12 basketball game last year.

The NBA officially announced Monday that the Timberwolves will play Golden State in preseason games in Shenzhen on Oct. 5 and Shanghai on Oct. 8.

With Bjelica out for the season, Wolves will sign Casspi

The Wolves will sign former Pelicans forward Omri Casspi for the rest of the season, not in time for this afternoon's game at New Orleans but by Tuesday's home game against San Antonio. He'll give the Wolves someone who can play multiple positions and shoot the three after they lost Nemanja Bjelica for the season Wednesday in Boston.

Wolves are replacing injured Nemanja Bjelica with eight-year veteran Omri Casspi, who, like Bjelica, plays both forward positions and shoot the three.

With Bjelica, Stephenson out, Wolves look at adding a healthy body

Timberwolves forward Nemanja Bjelica

Nemanja Bjelica's season ends just when he was playing and producing a lot, both in terms of minutes as well as rebounds and scoring off the bench.

The IT factor: Celtics star Isaiah Thomas has it

Minnesota Timberwolves' Karl-Anthony Towns (32) and Boston Celtics' Isaiah Thomas compete during the NBA all-star skills competition in Toronto on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016.

The Timberwolves start a three-game trip in Boston against Celtics and All-Star guard Isaiah Thomas

Postgame: Rubio sets franchise record with 19 assists

Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio (9) set a franchise record with 19 assists against the Wizards on Monday night.

Wolves have now won four in a row at home.

Wolves to face hot Wizards tonight at Target Center

Wizards guard John Wall dribbled against Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio during a January 2017 game.

Wizards coach Scott Brooks has his team vying for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.

Rush on Durant-less Warriors tonight: "We're going to get their best shot"

The Warriors come to town for their second and final visit of the season to Target Center and they do so 2-3 in five games since Kevin Durant went out with leg injuries.

Wolves-Blazers postponement rescheduled for busy sports day

Crews wiped the floor at Target Center for Monday's game between the Timberwolves and Portland Trail Blazers. Ice under the floor and unseasonably warm, humid weather caused some condensation on the wood floor.

The NCAA men's championship game will be played that night, and the Minnesota Twins also have their home opener across the street from Target Center at Target Field.

Wolves re-sign Stephenson before meeting Clippers

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Lance Stephenson (7) passes away from Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam (43), of Cameroon, during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves won 112-109. (AP Photo/Hannah Foslien) ORG XMIT: MNHF112

Two days after Monday's game against Portland was cancelled because of condensation on the Target Center, the Wolves face a Clippers team with both Chris Paul and Blake Griffin healthy

Wolves' Thibodeau expects even more from Wiggins

Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (2) guarded Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins during the second half Saturday. San Antonio won 97-90 in overtime.

Wiggins' 19-game streak of scoring 20 or more points ended Saturday in San Antonio. "There is a lot of room for growth,'' Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau said.

Wolves at Spurs tonight: Manu Ginobili gets the night off

San Antonio Spurs' Manu Ginobili, right, from Argentina, passes around Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Spurs rest veteran guard Manu Ginobili on second night of back-to-back games

Towns, Wiggins were fantastic in February, but...

Sacramento forward Rudy Gay, center, is double-teamed by Minnesota's Andrew Wiggins, left, and Karl-Anthony Towns.

Young Wolves stars Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns played better and better together as February progressed, but were either good enough to win the West's Player of the Month

Chase for eighth: Wolves, Kings pursuing final playoff spot tonight

The Timberwolves' Karl-Anthony Towns, left, kept the ball away from the Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki during the second half Friday at Target Center.

The Kings trail Denver by a game and the Wolves trail the Nuggets by three games in pursuit of the West's final playoff spot with 23 games remaining for the Wolves.

Towns and Wiggins in Houston: Chasing, surpassing KG

Andrew Wiggins will set a club record if he scores 20 points tonight for a 17th consecutive game, tonight in Houston

Postgame: Wiggins early, Towns late in first game back from break

Minnesota Timberwolves' Karl-Anthony Towns, left, keeps the ball away from Dallas Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki of Germany, during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Friday night's victory was Minnesota's third in four games

Will Thibodeau's plan have Wolves ready for playoff run?

Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau

It will come as no surprise that the ultra-prepared Tom Thibodeau gave the players a plan on how to stay prepared before they scattered for the week-long All-Star break.

All talk, no action: No Wolves trade as deadline passes

Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau talks with Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) and guard Ricky Rubio (9)

President of basketball operations and head coach Tom Thibodeau wouldn't say how close he came to actually making a deal. Only that nothing proposed was worth acting on.

Lance Stephenson's grade 2 ankle sprain complicates his future with the Timberwolves

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Lance Stephenson (7) passes away from Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam (43), of Cameroon, during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves won 112-109. (AP Photo/Hannah Foslien) ORG XMIT: MNHF112

Newly signed Wolves guard Lance Stephenson likely will miss weeks because of a moderately sprained ankle