"To say we're not focused day in, day out on winning? That's false and inaccurate," Timberwolves President Gersson Rosas said.
D'Angelo Russell missed Sunday's loss for what the Wolves called "planned rest" and Russell has played in each of the team's last two games. But the NBA said Russell was a healthy player under league policy.
Coach Ryan Saunders decided to put both his point guards on the floor at the same time.
The Wolves are coming off an emotional win Wednesday in Miami, and are 2-5 since the trade deadline.
Jimmy Butler had three straight turnovers in the final minutes, helping to create an jubilant scene in the Wolves locker room after the 129-126 victory in Miami.
Jimmy Butler's exit didn't leave a lot of good feelings about him around the Wolves organization. But Ryan Saunders did reach out earlier in the season when Butler had his first child a few months after Saunders had his.
A look back at Wednesday night's game.
The new-look Wolves are still adjusting to one another, with communication the biggest glaring issue affecting the team on both ends of the floor.
The NBA not about trying to win tonight's game. It's about interpersonal relationships. It's about players with $150 million contracts being placed in the role of martyrs
The Heat is in the midst of its first real rough stretch of an otherwise charmed season. Miami has lost six of its past eight, including an overtime stumble at Cleveland on Monday
The Wolves gave up 139 points and said some glaring communication issues popped up against the top-rated offense in the league.
How comfortable the Wolves are with D'Angelo Russell shooting mid-range jump shots will be an interesting push-pull between keeping him comfortable and understanding that’s not the team wants to play.
Jordan McLaughlin played last season with the Long Island Nets, and the Wolves brought in former Nets assistant Pablo Prigioni to install a similar system to what Brooklyn and its G-League affiliate were running.
The guard is on board if the team wants to rest him in a certain game.
Dallas All-Star Luka Doncic looked like one, scoring 20 points despite shooting 1-for-6 from three-point range, and adding nine rebounds and seven assists in 25 minutes.
The Wolves had only nine available players against the Nuggets and a season-long script played out for their 17th loss in the last 18 games.
Juancho Hernangomez is happy to "say bye the way I wanted to say." Malik Beasley is less emotional.
Coach Ryan Saunders said he anticipated guard D'Angelo Russell will play Monday after missing Sunday's loss at Denver for what the Timberwolves were calling "planned rest."
It was another efficient game for Nuggets All-Star center Nikola Jokic, who scored 24 points to go with seven rebounds and six assists.
Wolves' two-way players showed their skill in loss to Denver