Timberwolves win in Thibodeau’s return to Chicago

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Tom Thibodeau returned to the place he coached six years with on Tuesday night.

During his tenure with the Chicago Bulls he went 255-139 in the regular season and 23-28 in the playoffs, which included a trip to the Eastern Conference Finals in his first season. He was also the Coach of the Year in his first season as their head coach.

Thibodeau got a nice ovation from the crowd. After that though, things did not start out well for his current team. The Wolves trailed 38-22 at the end of the first quarter and by 21 in the second quarter. They bounced back though and trailed 56-52 at halftime.

The Wolves outscored the Bulls 47-38 in the second half to pull off a 99-94 victory.

Zach Lavine led the Wolves with 24 points, Andrew Wiggins was right behind him with 23. Ricky Rubio had 11 points and 10 rebounds. Karl-Anthony Towns struggled going 6-21 from the field with 16 points, but also had 12 rebounds .

Jimmy Butler led the Bulls with 27 points. Robin Lopez had 14 points and Dwyane Wade had 12. Rajon Rondo was out with an ankle injury.

This was definitely a much needed win for this team. The Wolves were 6-18 coming into the game and on a four-game losing streak. Sometimes wins like these can really help a team’s confidence going forward. Maybe that will be the case with this young team.

Up next: The Timberwolves come home and face the Houston Rockets on Saturday.

Ali Siddiqui, @asiddiqui15

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Wolves lose again to the Knicks

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For the second time in three days, the Timberwolves fell to the New York Knicks.

Wednesday night at Target Center they lost 106-104, despite 47 points and 18 rebounds from Karl-Anthony Towns. On Friday night they lost 118-114 at Madison Square Garden.

Zach Lavine had a team high 23 points. Towns had 20 points and eight rebounds. Andrew Wiggins chipped in with 19. Cole Aldrich had season highs of 10 points and 12 rebounds in 27 minutes, also a season high.

Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 29 points. Derrick Rose had 24 points and Kyle O’Quinn chipped in with 20 points and 13 rebounds.

The Wolves took their first lead of the game at 102-101 with 6:33 left in the game, but the Knicks took control the rest of the way.

The Wolves are now 5-14 and have lost their last four games and seven of their last eight. This season has been very disappointing so far and it needs to change now.

Up next: The Wolves travel to Charlotte on Sunday to face the Hornets.

Ali Siddiqui, @asiddiqui15

Pelicans rough up Wolves 117-96

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The struggles continue for the Minnesota Timberwolves. They are now 4-10 and have lost their past three games.

New Orleans led 53-50 at the half, but broke it open in the third quarter and outscored the Wolves 36-18 in the quarter.

Star forward Anthony Davis led the Pelicans with 45 points and 10 rebounds. Terrence Jones came off the bench and scored 17 points.

Zach Lavine led the Wolves with 26 points, but Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony combined for only 24 points on 6/30 shooting.

There is still 68 games remaining in the season, but if this team expects to contend for a playoff spot in the tough Western Conference, they need to really get it together soon.

Up next: Wolves travel West to face the Phoenix Suns on Friday.

Ali Siddiqui @asiddiqui15

Wolves crush Grizzlies in home opener 116-80

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After losing the first two games, the Timberwolves came out flying in their home opener on Tuesday night, winning 116-80.

The Wolves blew a 17-point first half lead in the first game (against the Grizzlies) and 18 in the next. This time they started out hot and never looked back.

They led 29-16 at the end of the first quarter and 62-36 at the half. They also led by as many as 40 in the third quarter.

Zach Lavine had a game high 31 points,which included going 5/9 from 3-pt range. Andrew Wiggins and Gorgui Dieng each chipped in with 17 points. Karl-Anthony Towns had 11 points and 10 rebounds. Rookie Kris Dunn, starting in the place of Ricky Rubio (elbow) had 10 points, six assists and five steals in 29 points.

It will continue to be exciting to see this young team progress the rest of the season. With Rubio also out for perhaps a long period, coaches and fans will have the chance to get a good look at Dunn. So far he is off to a decent start after three games.

Deyonta Davis led the Grizzlies with 17 points, who were without Mike Conley and Marc Gasol.

Up next: The Wolves return home Thursday night to face the Denver Nuggets.

Ali Siddiqui @asiddiqui15

Timberwolves blow big lead, fall to Grizzlies

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The Timberwolves season finally began Wednesday night.

The game showed some glimpses of excitement that is expected to happen throughout the season, but the result did not end the way they had hoped for.

Andrew Wiggins had a game high 25 points on 7/14 shooting but also missed a pair of free throws late in the game, which proved costly in the 102-98 loss. Karl-Anthony Towns chipped in 21 points and Gorgui Dieng had 12 points and 14 rebounds. Towns was -14 on the night, the worst of any player on the Timberwolves.

Zach Lavine had 19 points and hit a late three to cut the deficit to 98-96, but the Wolves could not come back. Rookie Kris Dunn went 4/6 from the field with eight points in 15 minutes.

Big money man Mike Conley led the Grizzlies with 24 points, Marc Gasol had 18 and Zach Randolph had 19 points and 11 rebounds off the bench.

The Wolves led 90-86 late and by 17 in the first half. We should see plenty of close games like this throughout the season, but it will be interesting to see how many of them will result in victories.

Up next: Wolves head west to face the Sacramento Kings on 10/29.

Ali Siddiqui @asiddiqui15