Ray Richardson

#Twolves coach Flip Saunders: "Ricky (Rubio) has chance to be an elite on-the-ball defender. … Working with him to take calculated risks."

Jon Krawczynski

Rubio: 8 pts (3-6), 8 assts, 3 steals, 6 TOs. In 2nd half: 6 pts 3-3, 2 st, 3 assts, 1 TO. Flip says RR still getting to know teammates

Jon Krawczynski

Flip also says he thinks Ricky Rubio can become an elite on-the-ball defender. They're working with him to take calculated gambles.

Jon Krawczynski

Flip says Wolves have to continue to work on pick-and-roll defense. He thought Bennett (13 pts, 8 rebs, 1 steal) was best player on floor

Jerry Zgoda

Best post-game quote of night from Wolf walking behind me in locker room, almost in my ear: "(Belch). My bad." It was, of course...big Pek

Ray Richardson

On Anthony Bennett, #Twolves coach Flip Saunders was impressed with his shot selection, composure and rebounding.

Ray Richardson

#Twolves coach Flip Saunders saw the height of the press-conference podium and cracked, "What is this for (Kurt) Rambis?"

Ray Richardson

Final: #Twolves 116, #Sixers 110. Veteran guard Mo Williams leads all scorers with 19. Zach LaVine chips in 15; Andrew Wiggins has 11.

Jon Krawczynski

Mo Williams with 14 pts, 6 assts, 5 boards, 3-5 3s.

Ray Richardson

Five #Twolves have two or more steals against the #Sixers tonight. #Twolves up 94-87 with nine minutes left in the fourth quarter.

Jon Krawczynski

Rubio was 3 for 3 from the field in that quarter. 8 pts (3-6), 9 assists in 27 mins. Brewer leads way w/14

Jerry Zgoda

Wolves lead open an 89-79 lead after 3 quarters over Sixers

Jon Krawczynski

Just made up his mind he was going to score, took it to hoop and finished putback. Impressive RT @Sean Highkin: Wiggins doing stuff?

Jerry Zgoda

Gorgui in for Pek early -- just 2 minutes into 3rd -- after big Pek picks up his 4th foul

Jerry Zgoda

Ricky was 1-for-9 from field in preseason before he just made a jumper there. Wolves now lead 65-60 in third

Jon Krawczynski

Wiggins with a beauty of a wraparound pass to Thad for the j and then a 3 at top of arc.

Jon Krawczynski

Rubio with six assists in the first half, but also had 5 TOs and 0-3 FG.

Ray Richardson

Half: #Twolves 56, #Sixers 51. Nikola Pekovic leads all scorers with 12 points. Andrew Wiggins has six points, all in the first quarter.

Ray Richardson

Kevin Love isn't the only one who can throw outlet passes. #Twolves Ricky Rubio launches one to a streaking Corey Brewer for a bucket.

Jerry Zgoda

Nice productive 9-minute stretch for A Bennett in 1st appearance: 3-6, 6 pts, 5 rebs

Ray Richardson

#Twolves Anthony Bennett with a pair of mid-range jumpers. He was the guy Flip Saunders said has been the most consistent in practice.

Jon Krawczynski

Anthony Bennett: 6 pts,5 boards, 3-5 FGs in 8 mins

Jon Krawczynski

Bennett with some nice interior passing. Pek missing bunnies like it's the 4th quarter.

Jon Krawczynski

Not in the preseason. RT @TJC_612: no Lobesota? Or not in preseason?

Jon Krawczynski

Welcome to Minnesota, LaVine. Lob from Mo to get him going

Jerry Zgoda

Anthony Bennett checking in for first time as Wolf for Thad. So you got youngsters Zach, Bennett & Dieng w/ Budinger and Mo

Jon Krawczynski

Wolves have spent all preseason working on D. This collection of Sixers just shot 55% in first quarter

Jerry Zgoda

Sixers take a 27-25 lead after a quarter here at Target Center

Jerry Zgoda

Zach checks in for Ricky w/ 23 seconds left in 1st. Get used to this Zach-Mo pairing. You might see it some this year

Jerry Zgoda

Chase subs in for Wiggins with 2 mins left in 1st. Now got Mo-RIcky backcourt, chase at the 3, Thad at 4 and Gorgui at 5

Jon Krawczynski

First of many RT @Nate Jones: Sick RT @John Schuhmann: Rubio-to-Wiggins alley-oop: on.nba.com/1uSMX3i

Andy Greder

During U.S. national team friendly tonight. RT @durkeee: @Migue10Ibarra WARMING UP! #IbarraWatch #USMNT http://t.co/Up6Wt3WjUa

Jerry Zgoda

First action as a Wolf for Mo Williams, who's now entering game for Brewer. We'll get a look at a Ricky-Mo backcourt

Jerry Zgoda

Gorgui for Pek is Flip's first substitution with Wolves leading 18-12 midway through 1st qtr

Jerry Zgoda

You'll probably see more of that Ricky-to-Wiggins alley oop just a moment ago. Wolves lead 14-6 early

Ray Richardson

There it was. #Twolves Ricky Rubio and Andrew Wiggins connect for their first alley-oop in Target Center history.

Jerry Zgoda

Just FYI: Both Flip and Sixers coach Brett Brown said pregame there never was any discussion of sending A Bennett to Sixers in Love trade

Darren Wolfson

Follow-up from tweet this morning: Hopkins' Amir Coffey won't go to the #Gophers game tomorrow. Gophers were originally expecting.

Jerry Zgoda

Former Wolves Alexey Shved and Luc Mbah a Moute start for 76ers tonight. Also, former Wolf Malcolm Lee does not

Jerry Zgoda

No Nerlens Noel, Michael Carter-Williams or of course Joel Embiid tonight for 76ers

Jerry Zgoda

Wolves won't play KMartin (groin), Shabazz (some soreness) or JJ tonight, Flip says, so they can get a look at other guys.

Jon Krawczynski

Flip also reiterated that Bennett was never on the table in Sixers trade talks.

Jon Krawczynski

Flip also called Anthony Bennett the most consistent player in camp to this point when he's been out there and practicing

Jon Krawczynski

Flip said he wants to get Chase some more minutes to knock rust off. Tweaked a hamstring in opener but should go tonight.

Ray Richardson

When he hasn't been dinged, #Twolves forward Anthony Bennett "has been as consistent as anybody that we’ve had," coach Flip Saunders said.

Ray Richardson

#Twolves coach Flip Saunders wants to see Zach LaVine bounce back from a "subpar game" and Andrew Wiggins use first game "as a springboard."

Ray Richardson

In addition to Kevin Martin, #Twolves will go without J.J. Barea (rest) and Shabazz Muhammad (Achillies) in tonight's home preseason game.

Ray Richardson

#Sixers will be without Nerlens Noel tonight against #Twolves. That's in addition to Michael Carter-Williams and Joel Embiid, of course.

Ray Richardson

Note: #Twolves center Ronny Turiaf climbs over his plateaus with pull-ups. twincities.com/timberwolves/c…

Darren Wolfson

One other late afternoon note before I hit the road: Sandy Alomar Jr. had his #MNTwins interview today here in town.

Jon Krawczynski

Just walked into Target Center. May only be preseason but feels great to be back in an NBA arena for a game.

Darren Wolfson

'This Week in Golden Gopher Sports' returns at 6p on @1500ESPN. Will replay my chat w/ Pitino, have @NSandell, + talk #Gophers men's golf.

Ray Richardson

#Twolves Now blog: New shooting coach Mike Penberthy gives Chase Budinger tiny tips for big shots. blogs.twincities.com/timberwolves/2…

Ray Richardson

Former #Twolves guard Alexey Shved believes playing with #Sixers is better opportunity. "It’s much better because I can show my potential."

Ray Richardson

Alexey Shved picked No. 88 with the #Sixers because 1988 was the year he was born. Afterward, they asked him, "You really want this number?"

Darren Wolfson

Re: Taylor Rogers AZ start last night - forearm contusion, per Radcliff. He's ok. #mntwins RT @nater79a @Darren Wolfson Throwing shoulder?

Shabazz Muhammad

Thank you to @rochmntoyota for letting me use this awesome SUV. Wolves fans follow them & tell them I sent you. http://t.co/F5apFTWeu7

Jerry Zgoda

Tonight's game will be both on FSN and WCCO 830 radio so you get your choice of dulcet tones, @tweetdavebenz or @WolvesRadio

Ray Richardson

Withheld from training camp practice (precaution) and preseason opener (rest), #Twolves Nikola Pekovic feels good and plans to play tonight.

Ray Richardson

#Twolves center Nikola Pekovic said he had “little procedures” done in offseason where plasma cells were injected into his right ankle.

Jerry Zgoda

Thanks everybody who stopped by the live chat today. If you wouldn't make it, here's the replay: strib.mn/ZTEIIS

Darren Wolfson

Aggie Vision is ESPN compared to this Notre Dame webcast of #Gophers-UMD. Not sure who to blame, but a 1p Friday start w/ no TV is idiotic.

Darren Wolfson

#MNTwins VP Radcliff on Taylor Rogers: "He's ok... Swelling subsided... Know more when seen today." He took a liner last night in AZ start.

Jerry Zgoda

Chatted with former Wolf Alexey Shved, who's in town w/ 76ers after August trade. He is wearing No. 88, his birth year

Ray Richardson

After #Twolves shootaround, Ronny Turiaf sang to Anthony Bennett, "Oh, Canada! Oh, Canada!" And Bennett replied, "As long as you know."

Ray Richardson

#Sixers coach Brett Brown sees former #Twolves forward Luc Mbah a Moute as "adult in the room" with possibly youngest team in NBA history.

Darren Wolfson

#MNWild didn't beat the NFL last night in local TV ratings -- unfair w/ cable vs. reg. TV. But did huge #s. 6.8 rating, peaked 8.6 at 9:15p.

Ray Richardson

#Sixers coach Brett Brown sees former #Twolves guard Alexey Shved as sorta a Manu Ginobili wannabe. Coach sees similar crafty foreign style.

Darren Wolfson

Apple Valley junior big man @BertramBrock will also be a visitor of the #Gophers tomorrow. Big day for the hoops team too.

Darren Wolfson

#Gophers hoops visitors for football game: Jarvis/A. Coffey/Simon Wright (Hopkins)/Reed Nikko (Maple Grove)/Steffon Mitchell (Shakopee).

Darren Wolfson

Great to hear about the Nebraska offer for @BballNvrStops42. He'll watch a #Gophers practice next week. Pitino still well-positioned.

Ray Richardson

ICYMI, former #Twolves forward Michael Beasley is going to play in China. The 25-year-old former No. 2 pick was recently waived by Memphis.

Jerry Zgoda

3-hour warning: I'll be doing a live chat at 12:30 pm catching up on all things preseason-y. I'll answer questions at strib.mn/gbbD6X

Ricky Rubio

Por fin ha llegado vuestro momento de saltar a la cancha…¡hoy es el lanzamiento de #NBA2K15! youtu.be/-1KiLp0CRKo | #YourTimeHasCome

Jerry Zgoda

Wolves Daily Friday video fresh off presses: Bennett to make Wolves' debut, KMartin remains out vs. Philly Friday strib.mn/10YxEv1

Shabazz Muhammad

Hit that nae nae Jj watt lol

Ronny Turiaf

Anyone else @iTunes @iTunesMusic not syncing to phone...? Or am I the only one?! #technology Maaaan

Andy Greder

U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann praises @MNUnitedFC, drops Christian Ramirez's name on top of now famous Miguel Ibarra's. youtu.be/Jf710dedJNU

Maurice Williams

Somebody tell me what the hell this is. #ufo just in the air over downtown instagram.com/p/t84-tOHffQ/

Ronny Turiaf

Dear @iTunesMusic you are making me very very frustrated right now. I can't see my @DeepakChopra music on my phone. Not good! #awareness

Jerry Zgoda

Re: my Jan Hooks tweet just now...I could never hear the word "adobe" again without hearing her voice in my head

Jerry Zgoda

Not sure I ever thought of her much since then, but sad to hear news tonight former SNLer Jan Hooks is dead, just 57. She made me laugh

Jerry Zgoda

Ricky when asked difference from last year's team to this year's: "We only have one Kevin, not two." Then said more athletic, above the rim

Darren Wolfson

Congrats to friend @patmick2626 on going into the M Club Hall of Fame tonight. 13 individuals total will be inducted tonight. #gophers

Jon Krawczynski

$10,000 for wearing the wrong brand of headphones. $10,000.

Ray Richardson

#Twolves forward Chase Budinger said he doubts any #Twolves would be willing to play shooting coach Mike Penberthy in a game of H-O-R-S-E.

Ray Richardson

After rough first preseason game Tuesday, rookie Zach LaVine is one of the last #Twolves player on Target Center court Thursday.

Ray Richardson

#Twolves Kevin Martin (groin) expected to miss preseason home opener. Anthony Bennett (hip flexor) is wait and see, Flip Saunders said.

Ray Richardson

Story: #Twolves' center Gorgui Dieng trained at U, happy to tutor #Gophers big man Bakary Konate. (CC: @GophersNow) twincities.com/timberwolves/c…

Darren Wolfson

#MNTwins made a run at Nelson Cruz -- he wanted a more hitter-friendly park. Looks like won't be able to again, per Fox. Os pushing for ext.

Ray Richardson

Nope. Heard NBA.com cut all staff for gameday-like coverage. MT @TwolvesDaily: Rationale that #Twolves won't be very good?

Ray Richardson

Very bummed to hear NBA.com won't have writers covering all #Twolves games at Target Center this season. Met some good dudes.

Darren Wolfson

"X" marks the spot. Parise remains 1 of the best interviews in town. Honest about the team needing to break some habits formed in preseason.

Jerry Zgoda

Just FYI: join me tomorrow at 12:30 pm at startribune.com for a live chat catching up on preseason so far & previewing Philly game

Jerry Zgoda

Wolves Daily Thursday video is up and available for your viewing pleasure strib.mn/1vSyV22

Andy Greder

Story: @MLS meetings in Minn., in September include #Vikings as well as @MNUnitedFC, with #MNTwins, #Twolves owners. twincities.com/twins/ci