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December 14, 2014 Updates

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 13, 2014 Updates
December 12, 2014 Updates

On the Wolves, family is paramount. After the fair, everyone went to dinner at the house of coach Flip Saunders. His son Ryan is an assistant coach. Two sons of retired coach Rick Adelman, for whom Saunders took over, are also on the team’s staff. This is a milieu Wiggins and Bennett know well. Wiggins is one of six kids, Bennett the youngest of three. The party was a good one. Ribs were cooked. Wiggins’ parents and Anthony’s mother were there. It was a salve, the end of a summer in limbo. “It was just long,” says Wiggins of the lead-up to the trade. “Not really knowing where you’re going to end up.” In November, Wiggins sits beside Bennett for an interview in a small, cinderblocked room at Target Center in Minneapolis. Despite the team’s losing ways, both relish the chance to play and improve. “We couldn’t ask for a better position,” Wiggins says. “Like he said,” Bennett adds, “we’re in the best situation we can be.” Toronto Globe & Mail

While Wiggins was born in basketball – his father Mitch played in an NBA final – Bennett came to the game as a teenager, after his mom moved the family to Brampton when he was 10. He is quiet, but teammates know another side. “He comes off like he’s shy but he’s not shy,” says Brewer, who calls Bennett the “music man” for his extensive music catalogue. And on the court, Brewer declares, “once he gets more playing time he’s going to show people why he was the No. 1 pick.” Toronto Globe & Mail

December 11, 2014 Updates

The Wolves have requested — and received — another 10-day hardship roster exception to keep forward Jeff Adrien on as a 16th man. Saunders said he considered adding a point guard to help rookie Zach LaVine now that Williams has missed the past four games because of back spasms. But he said the team needs a big man more, in case starting center Gorgui Dieng is unavailable. Adrien played a valuable role Wednesday defending LaMarcus Aldridge. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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 8, 2014 Updates

The Warriors will play Monday at Minnesota, which was involved in offseason talks regarding a trade that would have sent Kevin Love as part of a deal in exchange for Golden State guard Klay Thompson. Love ultimately was traded to Cleveland, and with Thompson averaging 21.2 points per game, the Warriors are 17-2. "Ultimately, here we are, and this is what we wanted," Kerr said of Thompson, who rather than being traded was signed to a contract extension through the 2018-19 season. "This is what we decided on, and it's worked out. "I think that's fair to say we all preferred to keep him. He's here." San Jose Mercury-News

December 7, 2014 Updates

Fifteen years older, Crawford says LaVine is “like a little brother” and has forged a relationship with a rookie these past five years because both come from the Seattle area and because years ago Crawford saw something in a skinny, bouncy high school sophomore that led him to believe one day LaVine would be a peer. “He had that ‘It’ factor,” Crawford said. Crawford is still not sure how to quantify it, but he said he knew that kid from the northern suburb of Bothell — the other end of the Seattle area from Crawford’s Rainier Beach area — had whatever It is. “Guys at that age, you can see they can make it to the NBA,” Crawford said. “You could see it in his shooting, his ballhandling, his lift, his athleticism. He has that quick twitch. He’s very, very quick and he can shoot it. That’s trouble because that’s when you have to get up on him and when you do that, he uses his athleticism to get by you. He’s a player for sure.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

December 5, 2014 Updates

Jon Krawczynski: Flip says Rubio and Martin probably not back until some time in January. Pek and Turiaf closer to return but at least another 10 days Twitter @APkrawczynski

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

December 4, 2014 Updates

Darren Wolfson: Flip confirms no Ricky until Jan. Pek still a good week or more away from doing stuff. Shabazz (ankle) and Mo (back) didn't practice today. Twitter @DarrenWolfson

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