Kent Youngblood, Minneapolis Star Tribune
ST. PAUL — Such a familiar recipe. Slow start, sluggish offense, another loss in a surprisingly quiet Xcel Energy Center. Friday the Minnesota Wild’s three-game homestand ended with a third...
MINNEAPOLIS — Monday night, as the opening tip went up in the Wolves’ game with Utah at Target Center, another Wolves franchise record was broken. Gorgui Dieng’s concussion-like symptoms added him to the team’s long list of injuries. So, with Justin Hamilton moving into the lineup the Wolves started their franchise-record 27th different starting lineup of the season. None of the starting five were with the team last year. Three weren’t with the team when this long season started. All of them were young. So, not surprisingly, the Wolves lost.
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MINNEAPOLIS — What most people came to see Sunday at Target Center happened with 2½ quarters left in the Timberwolves game against the Los Angeles Lakers. That’s when, coming out of a timeout with 5:24 left in the first half, Lakers star Kobe Bryant went to the free throw line. He hit two free throws, his eighth and ninth points of the game, to pass Michael Jordan into third place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list as fans stood, cheered and recorded the event. The game was — briefly — stopped. Bryant was hugged by his teammates.
Moments after landing in the Twin Cities on Thursday and just before heading downtown for some serious film evaluation, Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve had a message for Lynx fans: Don’t panic. Yes, the Lynx have lost four of the past six games. Yes, the team’s defense has allowed opponents to score 50 or more first-half points in three of the past four, including twice in losses to the Phoenix Mercury. But no, she insisted, this is not a crisis. “I don’t think so,” she said.
The Minnesota Lynx players were quiet afterward in the locker room. Things had to change, they said. But nobody seemed certain how to make that happen. Coach Cheryl Reeve, who expressed herself so effectively to the officials Sunday at Target Center (witness the two technical fouls), was somewhat less verbose talking about the game. “I thought we’d be more excited and energized to play at home,” Reeve said. With defensive breakdowns and offensive misfires, the Lynx did something they hadn’t done in a long time.
The Lynx know how to win WNBA titles. Under coach Cheryl Reeve, they won it all in 2011 and again last summer, each with a core group that was much the same. On Sunday, the Lynx began training camp with a rare opportunity: to try, again, to repeat as WNBA champions, something that hasn’t been done since Los Angeles did it in 2001 and 2002.
MINNEAPOLIS — The game was over, a flight to Memphis was looming, and yet Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio, still in their uniforms, sat in front of their locker room stalls in Target Center, staring straight ahead, saying nothing. This one hurt. This one stung.