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Ryan Saunders: Minnesota Timberwolves fire head coach after defeat to New York Knicks

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Ryan SaundersRyan Saunders became the NBA's youngest head coach when he took over the Minnesota Timberwolves aged 33 in 2019

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The Minnesota Timberwolves fired head coach Ryan Saunders after Sunday night's defeat to the New York Knicks.

The 103-99 loss was the club's eighth in nine games and the side has won just seven games this season.

Toronto Raptors assistant Chris Finch has been linkedexternal-link with the Timberwolves coaching role.

Finch is a former coach of Sheffield Sharks in England, who led Great Britain's men at the Olympic basketball tournament at London 2012.

Minnesota said firing Saunders was a "difficult decision" and that they would make an announcement about their new coach on Monday.

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Milwaukee Bucks – who the Timberwolves face on Tuesday – beat Sacramento 128-115 on Sunday.

Elsewhere in the NBA, Oklahoma City Thunder claimed a second victory in eight games with a 117-101 win against Cleveland – a 10th defeat in a row for the Cavaliers.

Raptors beat Eastern Conference leaders Philadelphia 76ers 110-103, while the Atlanta Hawks claimed a 123-115 win against Denver Nuggets.

Orlando Magic beat Detroit Pistons 105-96, while Brooklyn Nets defeated Los Angeles Clippers 112-108.

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