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“I want to see continued bounce off good performances,” Timberwolves Coach Flip Saunders said. “He listens. Sometimes, he’s almost too coachable, too nice. He wants to do the right thing. He’s got to continue to get better.” Washington Post

Love said he hasn’t talked to Taylor since the trade, but said he had a telephone discussion with Saunders that gave both some closure, and he predicted he’d give Saunders, now the Wolves’ coach as well, a “big hug” and “we’ll be talking and laughing” and discussing where they’ll have lunch when Cleveland makes its only Target Center appearance this season Jan. 31. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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After his floundering Minnesota Timberwolves lost to Wittman’s Wizards on Tuesday night, 106-95, Saunders, who coached John Wall for his first 99 NBA games (and McGee for 181 games), was asked where Washington’s All-Star point guard has most improved since entering the league. Part of the coach’s answer: “It’s a little bit different throwing the ball to Nene, Gortat, and Paul Pierce than it is throwing it to JaVale McGee, Andray Blatche, and those guys. So they’ve done a good job of getting a supporting cast that works with him.” Truth About It

December 14, 2014 Updates

 Magic Johnson the other day said he hopes the Lakers lose all their games. What do you make of that mentality? Flip Saunders: I’m never a proponent to just say tank games or lose games. You’re letting players off the hook. Depending on who you have out there, you might not have to worry about it. … I know what Magic is saying, and I’m sure it’s how most people look at it: If you’re not going to be a playoff team, you’re better off getting as high a (draft) pick as you can. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Taylor's Wolves haven't been to the playoffs in 10 seasons. This is expected to be No. 11 in a row. "This year, knowing that I have (coach Flip Saunders), knowing we have some really good resources, I just understand we're going to go through part of our growing process," Taylor said. "For some reason, I'm more accepting of it. I haven't found myself feeling terribly sad or terribly uncomfortable. I'm more patient." St. Paul Pioneer Press

December 11, 2014 Updates

In five years working under Flip Saunders and Randy Wittman, Cassell was able to see the Wizards rise from league-wide laughingstock to a legitimate playoff contender. Wall and Beal both credited Cassell for helping them improve. Wall ranks second in the league assists and third in steals and Beal has been slowly recovering from a left wrist injury that kept him out the first nine games. “It was great,” Cassell said of working with Wall and Beal. “I don’t think John had a great playoffs last year. He was solid. He was solid. Like I always tell him, ‘John, you’re the best decoy we can have.’ It’s just not him scoring the ball, it’s all the other intangible things John Wall brings to the basketball court that’s going to make him one of the best guards in this league.” Washington Post

December 9, 2014 Updates

In a season beset by injuries, illness, a family death and now 16 losses in the first 20 games, Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders drew a comparison from his team’s plight to an old-time board game on a night it lost its sixth consecutive game, 102-86 to Golden State at Target Center on Monday. “You ever play the game of Risk?” Saunders asked. “I feel like I’m Macedonia with two people, and I’m surrounded by like 50 people and countries on every side and I have to roll 12s for 49 straight times.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

December 5, 2014 Updates

Flip Saunders's Timberwolves, on the other hand, take their third-worst halfcourt offense and drop anchor, dipping down 13.8 points to 71.4 points per 100 possessions. It's a telling coincidence that they've got poor Thad Young putting up 3.2 ATO possessions a game at the same dire 0.714 PPP. Like the Knicks with Melo, the Wolves get Thad posted up. Except unlike the Knicks, the Wolves don't do a very good job of getting him space. Deadspin

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Saunders said the team is talking to agents and looking through Development League prospects for potential help. “We’re going to have to wait and see if we can bring somebody in who we think is going to be serviceable and can help,” he said. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Martin will be examined again in the coming days to see if surgery will be performed. The Wolves termed him out indefinitely, but the absence likely will be at least six weeks. The Wolves can petition the NBA for a roster exception so they could sign a player without having to waive one, but to do so they would have make three players inactive for the next 10 days. Martin and Rubio are certainties for that, but Saunders wants to wait and see if Pekovic or Turiaf will be ready to play before that. “I don’t think there’s anybody as good as Pekovic out there right now,” Saunders said. “Guys who aren’t playing in our league, there’s probably a reason.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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