Timberwolves Talk

Timberwolves Talk

Timberwolves beat writer Chris Hine joins Michael Rand to turn the marathon of an NBA season into a series of short sprints. The Wolves are worth talking about, and we hope you'll listen.

Episode 52: Podcast: A Wolves winning streak fueled by guard play

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Malik Beasley plays against the Boston Celtics during an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 21, 2020, in Minneapolis.

Michael Rand and Chris Hine discuss the improving Timberwolves, who have won their last two games and three of their last five. Malik Beasley has been a big part of their recent success, while D'Angelo Russell and James Johnson are providing key leadership.

Episode 51: Podcast: A lot to learn about Timberwolves in final 29 games

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Malik Beasley reacted after a turnover against LA Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2), but the ball was ruled out-of-bound

Michael Rand and Chris Hine delve into Karl-Anthony Towns' injury prognosis, D'Angelo Russell's style, Malik Beasley's value and more in dissecting all the things we need to learn about the Wolves down the stretch.

Episode 50: Podcast: With Wolves trade, sometimes all your dreams come true at once

D'Angelo Russell

Chris Hine and Michael Rand break down an almost overwhelming trade deadline for the Wolves, who completely remade their roster and added longtime target D'Angelo Russell in a trade for Andrew Wiggins and draft picks.

Episode 49: Podcast: With the Wolves and in life, some losses just hurt more

Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns at the end of the game. ] CARLOS GONZALEZ • cgonzalez@startribune.com – Minneapolis, MN – Janua

Chris Hine and Michael Rand discuss the tragic death of Kobe Bryant and the epic Kings comeback that somehow shared the spotlight on a night of Bryant tributes on Monday. ... The Wolves have another double-digit losing streak. KAT has lost 14 games in a row in which he's played. Maybe the trade deadline will help?

Episode 48: Podcast: What's up with KAT missing 14 straight games (and counting)?

Timberwolves center Gorgui Dieng has benefitted from extra playing time because of Karl-Anthony Towns' injury and illness.

Chris Hine and Michael Rand discuss Karl-Anthony Towns' long absence and "questionable" designation, the Wolves' recent defensive improvement and this question: Would it be better for the Wolves to sneak into the playoffs or be in the lottery again?

Episode 47: Podcast: It's been a long December, maybe the Wolves will get a win?

Wolves center Karl-Anthony Towns protested a foul called on him in the first half of a 124-117 loss against the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday.

Chris Hine and Michael Rand are doing their third consecutive episode since the Wolves last won a game on Nov. 27. They're 0-for-December, and they might be without Karl-Anthony Towns against the Pelicans on Wednesday. How do they stop the bleeding? And are any trades on the horizon?

Episode 46: Podcast: All the Wolves want for Christmas is a 'W'

Minnesota Timberwolves' Karl-Anthony Towns reacted after being called for a foul in the fourth quarter.

Chris Hine and Michael Rand discuss the Wolves' sudden change in fortune as they head into Friday's game with six consecutive losses. Did a team meeting in Phoenix accomplish anything? Why has the defense been so bad? Is help on the way? And will Mariah Carey reach No. 1 on the charts?

Episode 45: Podcast: Can Wolves continue to prove there's no place like the road?

Forward Keita Bates-Diop (shown against Phoenix earlier this month).

Chris Hine and Michael Rand discuss the Timberwolves' strange struggles at home (3-7) and success on the road (7-2) as they embark on a four-game trip out West. They also talk about the emergence of Keita Bates-Diop and answer your burning questions.

Episode 44: Podcast: Will Wolves look to add pieces if they maintain early success?

Podcast: Will Wolves look to add pieces if they maintain early success?

Chris Hine and Michael Rand talk fact and fiction regarding Andrew Wiggins, discuss the Wolves' weird home/road splits, dissect how Ryan Saunders divvies up minutes and get to a bunch of your questions (including a big one about Lizzo).

Episode 43: Podcast: Is this new version of Andrew Wiggins for real?

The Minnesota Timberwolves Andrew Wiggins during the Wolves 125-119 overtime win over Golden State.

Chris Hine and Michael Rand discuss Andrew Wiggins' strong start, whether it's sustainable and what it means for his long-term future. And how about this: Are the Wolves a playoff team?

Episode 42: Podcast: Fire up the D'Angelo Russell rumors again

Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry, left, grimaces after Phoenix Suns' Aron Baynes fell onto him during the second half.

Chris Hine and Michael Rand talk about the Timberwolves' defensive woes against Memphis, the encouraging start by Andrew Wiggins, the lack of makes on wide-open threes and how Golden State's awful start impacts the Timberwolves in multiple ways.

Episode 40: Podcast: Will the Wolves top last year's win total? Will KAT average 30 points?

Minnesota Timberwolves' Karl-Anthony Towns reacts after injuring his side during the second half of a preseason NBA basketball game against the Milwau

Chris Hine and Michael Rand preview the Timberwolves season, which starts Wednesday in Brooklyn, with an overview of the offseason and a series of educated guesses. The theme of the season seems to having patience while gathering information.

Episode 41: Podcast: The 3-0 Wolves are quickly gaining believers

Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns ran out during team introductions.

Chris Hine and Michael Rand detail the things they've liked so far during the Timberwolves' 3-0 start, including the dominance of Western Conference player of the week Karl-Anthony Towns and the overall cohesiveness of the overhauled roster.

Episode 39: Listen: Do the Wolves really have a shot at D'Angelo Russell?

Brooklyn guard D'Angelo Russell (1) goes to the basket against Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns on Friday.

Chris Hine and Michael Rand recap the Wolves' draft night trade and selection of Jarrett Culver while also looking ahead to free agency -- and a path to get D'Angelo Russell.

Episode 38: Listen: What can we expect from the Ryan Saunders coaching era?

Ryan Saunders smiled as her arrived at Tuesday's press conference.

Chris Hine and Michael Rand dissect the hiring of Ryan Saunders as permanent head coach of the Timberwolves. Can the Wolves really play the style he and Gersson Rosas favor? How important is it that players are already working out together this offseason?

Episode 37: Listen: Gersson Rosas and faith in the future

Minnesota Timberwolves new President of basketball operations Gersson Rosas laughed as his 3-year-old twins Giana, left, and Grayson took over the mic

Chris Hine and Michael Rand dissect the hiring of new Wolves basketball president Gersson Rosas. How will it influence the roster? Was this an Ethan Casson hire or a Glen Taylor hire? And what happens if the Wolves win the lottery Tuesday?

Episode 38: Listen: Stay or go -- which Wolves will still be here next year?

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jeff Teague (0) looked to take a shot in the first half. ] ANTHONY SOUFFLE • anthony.souffle@startribune.com The Minnes

Chris Hine and Michael Rand run down the Wolves roster to figure out how things might look different next season. Bonus: Wolves players as Mariah Carey songs and your Andrew Wiggins questions.

Episode 36: Listen: Without trades, Wolves left to improve from within

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Dario Saric (36) reacts to a referee's call in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies

Chris Hine and Michael Rand discuss the Wolves' recent 0-3 road trip, their lack of activity at the trade deadline, Dario Saric's recent insertion into the starting lineup, the return to health of several point guards at once and the persistent question of how to get more from Andrew Wiggins.

Episode 35: Listen: Can the Wolves make trades and still evaluate Ryan Saunders?

Minnesota Timberwolves coach Ryan Saunders directs his team during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz on Friday, Jan. 25,

Chris Hine and Michael Rand examine whether the Timberwolves will be buyers (unlikely) or sellers (possibly, but with caveats) with the trade deadline approaching. Also, how has Ryan Saunders fared in his first 10 games as interim head coach?

Episode 34: Listen: The end of Thibodeau, the beginning of Saunders and what it means

Minnesota Timberwolves interim head coach Ryan Saunders gestures in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Okla

Chris Hine and Michael Rand dissect Sunday's firing of head coach and president Tom Thibodeau plus the promotion and Tuesday debut of interim coach Ryan Saunders. What does Saunders need to do to keep the job full-time? And which players stand to benefit the most from the change?