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Wolves' LaVine Ready To Defend Slam Dunk TitleMinnesota Timberwolves guard Zach LaVine is heading back to All-Star weekend to defend his slam dunk title. And he says he has "a few tricks up my sleeve" after dominating the event last year. LaVine will compete against Detroit center Andre Drummond, Denver swingman Will Barton and Orlando forward Aaron Gordon in Toronto next weekend.
Timberwolves End Losing Streak With 108 – 102 Win Over LA ClippersStung by a four-point loss to the Lakers a night earlier and playing the second game of a back-to-back against a team they had lost to 14 straight times on the road, the Minnesota Timberwolves might have doubted themselves.
Wolves Recall Adreian Payne After Week In D-LeagueThe Minnesota Timberwolves have recalled power forward Adreian Payne from the NBA Development League. The move was made Monday, after Payne averaged 26.3 points, 9.3 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.3 steals in three games for the Erie BayHawks of the NBADL over the past week.
Towns Hits Impressive Shot That Doesn't Give Timberwolves Any PointsIn Wednesday night's game against the Oklahoma Thunder, Karl-Anthony Towns made an almost unbelievable trick shot that, sadly, didn't earn the Timberwolves a single point.
Towns Enjoying Life In Twin Cities, Acclimating To NBAWhen Karl-Anthony Towns heads out in the Twin Cities, he drives a vehicle with big, red rims on it. He also likes to wear a bright orange winter coat.
As Losing Mounts, Wolves' Mitchell Sees ProgressSix in a row. Ten of their last 11. Eighteen of their last 22. That is a lot of losing. "Yeah, definitely it's hard," Wolves forward Shabazz Muhammad said. "It's the NBA, and everybody's trying to step on your throat. Especially us, [because] we have a lot of young talent on our team."
Twin Cities YMCA Revamps Approach To Youth SportsWe love our pro, college and high school sports, don't we? But the truth is, right now, youth sports in America is really struggling. According to a study by the Sports Fitness Industry Association, participation among kids age 6 to 17 has declined more than 9 percent in the last five years.
Pistons Power Past Timberwolves 115-90Andre Drummond had 23 points and 18 rebounds and Reggie Jackson added 19 points and nine assists, leading the Detroit Pistons to a 115-90 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday night. Drummond came out with just over three minutes to play, narrowly missing his sixth 20-20 game of the season.
LaVine, Wiggins & Jones Work To Stand Out On Wolves RosterThe Minnesota Timberwolves' Zach LaVine is a classic combo guard. He is athletic enough that you want him on the floor at some position. Even he is not sure which position that will be every night. "I play point, I play two, I play three, you know, whatever [Coach Sam Mitchell] wants me to go out there and do, you know. I do it, I do the best I can," LaVine said. "Sam be keeping me on my toes, man [laughs]!"
Timberwolves Going Through Growing Pains With Young PlayersMinnesota Timberwolves coach Sam Mitchell had to catch himself on more than one occasion during games this season with a youthful team. When the game was getting tight, one of his young players would make a mistake. Zach LaVine might rush a pump fake on his way to the basket and get called for traveling. Andrew Wiggins might force a shot in traffic.
Bloomington Mom Scores Half-Off Tuition For Daughter With Half-Court ShotIt's been quite the week for basketball in Minnesota. No, we're not talking the Timberwolves. Last week, a high school basketball player hit a half-court shot to win a game at the buzzer in Austin. This week, a Bloomington mom sunk one to win a discount on tuition for her daughter.
Kobe's Dad Says Wiggins Could Be Next Great B-BallerThe father of Kobe Bryant said that of all current players, it's the Minnesota Timberwolves' Andrew Wiggins who's got what it takes to be the next Kobe Bryant ... or close enough, anyway.

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