Wolves fans became acquainted with Okogie pretty quickly, but the rookie introduced himself to NBA Twitter last week. The 20-year-old, who has been starting since Jan. 2, helped the Wolves to a morale-boosting 10-point win over the Houston Rockets to close out the first half. He went viral after locking James Harden down as the presumptive MVP attempted a step-back 3-pointer in the third quarter. Also: He played in the Rising Stars Game, which sort of feels like the second- or third-most important thing he did last week.
Bruce Boudreau, Wild head coach (↓ DOWN)
Consecutive shutout losses are enough to rankle any coach, but when the guy behind the other bench is your former boss? Well, we won't hold Boudreau's towering temper against him. The Wild have now lost five straight, nine of their last 10 and haven't scored since Friday.
The Minnesota state hockey tournaments (↑ UP)
What good is a trophy if you can't show it off a little? The state high school league is partnering up with the Minnesota Wild and Xcel Energy Center (among others) to create a Stanley Cup-style traveling trophy for this year's state tourney. Memorabilia outfit Jostens brought the Eveleth Golden Bears' original 1945 state championship trophy out of retirement for this purpose, modifying the award to account for the extra teams. Each of the four winners will get their own time with the trophy, just like their NHL counterparts do.
The Gophers men's hockey team (↑ UP)
The Gophers finished off a much-needed sweep over the weekend, their first in more than a month. Minnesota knocked off No. 6 Ohio State 4-3, 4-3 thanks to a big weekend for the "BMW" line. Nathan Burke, Sammy Walker and Blake McLaughlin led the way with nine points. Burke was named the Big Ten First Star of the Week after racking up four points on the weekend, tied for the national lead. At No. 21 in the PairWise (just behind North Dakota) the Gophers' odds of returning to the NCAA tournament aren't great, but the wins are a much-needed step in the right direction.
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Alex Stalock, Wild goalie (↓ DOWN)
The veteran backup allowed four goals Sunday in a shutout loss to the St. Louis Blues. It's the third straight start in which Stalock has allowed three-plus goals, and the fourth time its happened in his last 10 appearances. He has just two wins over that span, which dates back to late November.
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Karl-Anthony Towns, Wolves center (↑ UP)
Towns didn't have much to do during the All-Star Game, but he was efficient, scoring 11 points in 11 minutes of action to help Team LeBron to a win over Team Giannis.