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News » Minnesota Timberwolves Getting Inside 2008-11-14

Minnesota Timberwolves Getting Inside 2008-11-14

Minnesota Timberwolves Getting Inside 2008-11-14
Searching for answers in a season that numerically has started just like the last one, Timberwolves coach Randy Wittman made Sebastian Telfair his starting point guard and Randy Foye one of his first players off the bench.

Wittman did so because he liked the energy and pace Telfair brings and because introducing Foye into the game without the ball in his hands calmed a player who started the season trying too hard.

The move also has created a bottleneck at the small forward and shooting guard positions on a team that lost its sixth consecutive game Tuesday at Golden State after opening the season with a home victory at Sacramento.

With Foye getting major minutes at both guard spots, with Mike Miller playing 35 minutes a night and Telfair getting 25 or more as a starter, there hasn't always been enough minutes at those two positions for Corey Brewer, Rashad McCants and Ryan Gomes.

"Right now, you're searching for different ways to get your team to click," Wittman said. "It hurts minutes, there's no question. Hey, we lost five in a row. We've got to find a way to win. That's what we're doing right now."

Gomes, a starter for the season's first four games, Brewer and McCants didn't play more than 19 minutes each in Saturday's loss at Portland. Tuesday, Gomes and McCants both played 30 minutes while Brewer was the odd man out, with 19 minutes played.

Last season, McCants reluctantly accepted a sixth man's role. This season, his playing time has decreased since the opening two games, when he played 26 minutes a night. On Saturday, he played the entire second quarter, and his 13 points helped turn a tie into a 12-point lead the Blazers cut in half by intermission. In the second half, he played seven minutes and didn't score.

McCants grimaced when asked about the crunch for minutes.

"I've been searching for minutes for four years, man," he said when asked about playing no more than 19 minutes in four previous games before Tuesday. "So I don't know what's going to happen or how it's going to sort out. We need to win some games. I don't know, I really have no answers for that. All I know is we've won one game and we've lost five, so we have to find some answers, some way, fast."

WARRIORS 113, WOLVES 110 (OT): Leading by 13 early, trailing by 13 in the third and leading again by 10 with seven minutes left in regulation, the Wolves lost for the sixth time in their first seven games with a mystifying overtime defeat to a Golden State team that played without Corey Maggette, Al Harrington and Monta Ellis.

The Warriors scored 20 of the night's final 27 points, including the final nine in the fourth quarter, after the Wolves took a 103-93 lead with 7:06 left in the fourth.

The Wolves were outscored 13-3 in those final seven minutes when the Warriors slapped down a zone defense that vexed the Wolves, point guard Randy Foye and coach Randy Wittman. Golden State star Stephen Jackson, who led all scorers with 30 points, then scored five of his team's first six points in overtime for a 112-107 lead from which the Wolves never recovered.

The Wolves missed 12 of 13 shots in the fourth quarter's final seven minutes, and not one of them was attempted by star Al Jefferson, who led the team with 25 points and 12 rebounds but scored his last points with 8:09 left and took his last shot with 7:15 remaining in the fourth quarter.

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Added: November 14, 2008


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