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The Wolves Beat

The Wolves Beat

Chris Hine covers the Minnesota Timberwolves for the Star Tribune.


'Pretty gets you beat by 40.' Wolves search for ruggedness after blowout

Joel Embiid, left, goes up for a shot off the Timberwolves' Josh Okogie during the first half

The Timberwolves lamented their lack of energy and effort in a 42-point loss to Philadelphia


Ryan Saunders on his head coaching debut: 'My father will also be there'

Ryan Saunders on his head coaching debut: 'My father will also be there'

New Wolves coach Ryan Saunders was asked what will be going through his mind in the moments before tonight's tipoff against the Thunder in Oklahoma City.


Wolves' Rose apologizes for 'kill yourself' remark to doubting fans

Wolves guard Derrick Rose apologized for a 'slang' term he used Monday to describe his critics.

Derrick Rose apologized Monday saying he wished anyone who doubted his drive and determination to play in the wake of Tom Thibodeau's firing would "kill yourself."


Teague returns to Wolves but Covington out is 'a big blow to our team'

Teague returns to Wolves but Covington out is 'a big blow to our team'

Robert Covington has a right knee bone bruise and could miss a number of games.


Hayward likes to light up Wolves -- and only the Wolves

Celtics forward Gordon Hayward, right, tries to drive past Timberwolves guard Josh Okogie during the first quarter Wednesday.

Celtics forward Gordon Hayward hasn't scored more than 20 points in a game this season, except when he plays the Timberwolves.


Wolves' Jones looking comfortable in starting role at point

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Tyus Jones, left, shoots as New Orleans Pelicans forward Darius Miller, right,defends during the first half of an NBA bas

Tyus Jones had 15 points and 13 assists in place of injured Jeff Teague and Derrick Rose on Monday.


Adept at theft: Jones' steals vs. Miami stand out

Heat forward Justise Winslow defends Timberwolves guard Tyus Jones

Tyus Jones' five steals helped the Timberwolves down the Heat on Sunday.


Here are 56 reasons to remember last Timberwolves-Hawks game

Here are 56 reasons to remember last Timberwolves-Hawks game

Atlanta is back in town in December after visiting Target Center late last March for a game the Wolves absolutely had to win, and did thanks to Karl-Anthony Towns franchise-record 56 points.


Postgame: Power forward spot isn't a worry for Wolves' Thibodeau

Whether Taj Gibson (67) or Dario Saric (36) is on the floor, it doesn’t much matter to Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau, who has complete confidence in ei

Whether it's Taj Gibson or Dario Saric, Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau is confident in whoever is on the floor.


Wolves' Rose on ankle injury: 'I did a bad job listening to my body'

Wolves guard Derrick Rose, left, drove around San Antonio's Davis Bertans during the first half Friday. He sat out the second half.

Injury to Wolves guard allowed Jerryd Bayless to make his debut with the team


Wolves' Gibson tries to shake off tough week, social media speculation

Wolves' Gibson tries to shake off tough week, social media speculation

Taj Gibson said he didn't know how his Instagram account managed to like two posts critical of coach Tom Thibodeaus' handling of the Wolves' rotation at guard.


Covington says he's 'fine'; Thibodeau says 'basketball rhythm' isn't

Timberwolves forward Robert Covington questions a non-call with official John Goble during the second half

Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau said forward Robert Covington is trying to play himself back into a rhythm since missing a game because of a knee injury.


Wolves blame themselves for failing to contain red-hot Kings

Kings guard Bogdan Bogdanovic, right, drives against Timberwolves center Gorgui Dieng during the second half

The Timberwolves left Wednesday's 141-130 loss disappointed in their three-point defense.


Wolves teammates call Okogie 'a highlight waiting to happen'

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, right, passes the ball away from Minnesota Timberwolves guard Josh Okogie during the second half of an NB

With Robert Covington injured, rookie Josh Okogie rejoined the Wolves' rotation in Saturday's loss at Portland.


Another halftime airing of grievances powers Wolves' comeback win

Timberwolves forward Robert Covington (33) reacts after scoring a basket against the Hornets

The Timberwolves had another frank discussion in the locker room on their way to a 121-104 victory over the Hornets.


Wolves defense fails down the stretch in loss to Celtics

Boston Celtics' Kyrie Irving, center, drives as Minnesota Timberwolves' Robert Covington, left, pursues

The Timberwolves had been playing good defense of late, but the Celtics had a productive fourth quarter in getting the win.


'I know how to read it.' Covington getting through to teammates

Minnesota Timberwolves' Robert Covington, right, shoots as San Antonio Spurs' Derrick White defends in the first half on Wednesday.

Robert Covington has learned the delicate balance of when to talk to guys and when to lay off during a game. This is not an insignificant quality to have on this Wolves team.


Why wasn't Wiggins playing down the stretch vs. Cavs?

Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau yelled instructions during the first half at Cleveland on Monday night.

Coach Tom Thibodeau said sitting Wiggins had to do with Cleveland's zone defense.


Robert Covington, Dario Saric starting to settle into their new home

Five-game homestand -- which ends tonight against Denver -- was good timing for the deal


'Just chilling': Garnett takes in Friday's scene at Target Center

'Just chilling': Garnett takes in Friday's scene at Target Center

Kevin Garnett attended a Timberwolves game for the first time this season, wearing one of the team's Prince-inspired City Edition jerseys during a victory over Portland.