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News » Minnesota Timberwolves Getting Inside 2009-11-08

Minnesota Timberwolves Getting Inside 2009-11-08

Minnesota Timberwolves Getting Inside 2009-11-08Friday night's Timberwolves game against Milwaukee at Target Center never fully delivered on the promise of a matchup pitting rookie point guards Jonny Flynn and Brandon Jennings against one another. Give the twice-a-season series time. It soon will.

The two players became friends because wherever one of them went for a pre-draft workout last summer, the other always seemed to be there. They'd already met twice in the preseason before Friday's first regular-season gathering brought together two players who might forever be compared because they play the same position and were selected four spots apart in last summer's draft.

At least, unlike Brandon Roy and Randy Foye, their surnames don't rhyme.

Until Friday, Jennings had fairly amazed in his first three NBA games, delivering a 17-point, nine-assist, nine-rebound game one night and a 25-point game another that already might have Wolves fans alarmed.

Don't be, Wolves coach Kurt Rambis said.

"It's not fair," Rambis said of such comparisons. "Brandon has a lot more freedom than Jonny has. I'm asking Jonny to do a lot more things. He's in a much more complicated offense. So in terms of his individual expression, I've held Jonny down.

"He's not going to like to do it. But I think it's going to make him a better point guard once he learns those lessons. Then, I'll loosen the reins and let him do more of what he really wants to do."

Flynn scored 12 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter of a 15-point loss to the Bucks that was decided in the third quarter.

Jennings made four of 16 shots -- easily his worst shooting night in the first four games -- and scored nine points on a night when he sat the entire fourth quarter while Luke Ridnour played.

BUCKS 87, WOLVES 72: Leading by nine in the first quarter, trailing by 17 in the fourth, the Wolves lost their fifth consecutive game after a season-opening comeback victory over New Jersey.

Two nights after they took Kevin Garnett and Boston down to the final second in a two-point loss, the Wolves were undone early by a Milwaukee team that reversed course with a decisive 31-14 third quarter.

The Bucks were without injured guard Michael Redd, but recovering center Andrew Bogut felt much better about his return from last year's season-ending back injury with a 17-point, 10-rebound game on a night when he stepped forth while Wolves center Al Jefferson was denied at every turn and scored just eight points on 3-for-12 shooting.

Hakim Warrick had 11 of his 12 points in the third quarter, when the Bucks ratcheted up their defense and the Wolves wilted, their triangle offense stagnating under the pressure.

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