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News » Minnesota Timberwolves Getting Inside 2009-11-05

Minnesota Timberwolves Getting Inside 2009-11-05

Minnesota Timberwolves Getting Inside 2009-11-05They call it shooting guard for a reason.

The Timberwolves on Monday extended Corey Brewer's contract for the 2010-11 season, guaranteeing him $3.7 million that year because they believe in his promise, his surgically repaired knee and an often iffy jump shot that he is working to improve.

In Wednesday's two-point loss to Boston, he shot the ball 16 times, one time fewer than teammate Al Jefferson. On Monday against the Clippers in Los Angeles, he shot it 21 times, five more than Jefferson. On Sunday in Phoenix, he shot it 18 times.

That's 55 times in three games. He made 20 of them. That's 36 percent, very close to his career percentage.

Before Wednesday's game, somebody asked Wolves coach Kurt Rambis if he likes Brewer shooting that much and if those shots are good shots.

"Most of them, yeah," Rambis said. "Sometimes, I disagree with the shot. But I don't want to take away his aggressive nature."

On Wednesday, Brewer forced more than one shot in a fourth quarter when fellow starters Al Jefferson, Jonny Flynn and Ryan Gomes all went scoreless. He also was tied up by Kevin Garnett as he drove for what would have been the tying basket with 3.6 seconds left.

Rambis and his coaching staff have worked with Brewer on staying in balance when he shoots.

"He's getting shots out of the offense, he's shooting the ball in areas where we feel he's capable of making shots," Rambis said. "Some of his missed shots are just because he's been off balance. He has a tendency to get his back arched and he leans away from the shot. You can almost count on it being short when he does that.

"Whenever he's leaning forward, when he's on balance and his head is forward as the ball is released, it's as good a shot as you can see. It might not be the mechanics of getting it there and releasing it, but the rotation and arc is as good as you can see. We just want to encourage him to keep working on that aspect."

CELTICS 92, WOLVES 90: You knew the Celtics were in peril the moment the Wolves sent Oleksiy Pecherov out to battle Kevin Garnett at the power-forward spot.

Pecherov outscored Garnett 24-12 -- a career high for the third-year Ukrainian forward -- and the Wolves led by as many as 10 points in the third quarter before the Celtics remained unbeaten (6-0) with a late defensive stand.

Garnett tied up Corey Brewer with 3.6 seconds left as Brewer drove for what could have been the tying basket. Rajon Rondo swatted the tapped jump ball out of bounds, and with the ball and just nine-tenths of a second to go, Al Jefferson's desperation three-pointer at the buzzer was partially blocked.

Rondo scored 14 of his 18 points and had two of his three steals in a third quarter when the Celtics reversed course and used a 27-17 closing run to tie the game after three quarters on Eddie House's three-pointer at the buzzer.

Rondo finished with 18 points, six assists and three steals two days after finalizing a new $55 million contract extension. Garnett had 12 points and 11 rebounds and the defining defensive play that left him flexing his muscles at a Target Center crowd that cheered him for 12 seasons.

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