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News » Minnesota Timberwolves Getting Inside 2009-11-09

Minnesota Timberwolves Getting Inside 2009-11-09

Minnesota Timberwolves Getting Inside 2009-11-09Timberwolves forward Kevin Love's first two NBA games in his hometown of Portland were forgettable during an otherwise memorable rookie year.

Now, looks like he'll have another whole year to think about them.

Whether he had put undue pressure on himself or whether the long, athletic Trail Blazers are just a bad matchup for him, he's still not sure.

Slimmed down considerably when he reported for training camp in late September, Love was hoping his new sleeker figure would give him a better answer in two November visits just 13 days apart.

He'll never know -- at least not until next season -- now that his fractured left hand almost certainly will cause him to miss both visits back home.

Included was Sunday's loss to the Blazers at the Rose Garden.

"I was very curious to see how I'd play because I had some of my worst games against them last year," Love said. "I don't know what the statistics were, but they weren't good. I was hoping to come out and have a better showing, but I'll have to wait until next year."

Just FYI: He went 0-for-7 from the field and two points and seven rebounds in a November game last season and was 3-for-8 for six points and seven rebounds in a March game when he got in early foul trouble.

When asked he thought his troubles last season were related to anxiousness or LaMarcus Aldridge, Love said, "A little of both. They have tremendous size and length almost at every position. I definitely wanted to come out here in Portland and have a good showing. It just didn't happen for me."

TRAIL BLAZERS 116, WOLVES 93: The Trail Blazers are celebrating their 40th year by publicizing the nickname given them that inaugural season by their broadcasters for the noise the nets made in a late, spirited comeback against the mighty Los Angeles Lakers: Rip City.

From the Wolves' perspective, you better add three periods.

It's R.I.P. City.

The Wolves now have lost nine consecutive games over to the Blazers and haven't won at the Rose Garden since Dec 7, 2005.

This time, they trailed by 19 points in the second quarter and by 28 in the second half on a night when Portland got just two points from star Brandon Roy and still were never challenged after the opening minutes.

Both teams had five players score in double-figures. The only difference: Andre Miller had 21 and LaMarcus Aldridge and Travis Outlaw had 19 each for the Blazers while the best the Wolves could do was newcomer Nathan Jawai's career-high 16.

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