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News » Minnesota Timberwolves Getting Inside 2009-11-10


Minnesota Timberwolves Getting Inside 2009-11-10


Minnesota Timberwolves Getting Inside 2009-11-10David Kahn, the Timberwolves' president of basketball operations, says it can be done.

The Portland Trail Blazers and Golden State Warriors on consecutive nights showed it can be done.

Still, Wolves coach Kurt Rambis has been hesitant this season to play together the two point guards -- rookie Jonny Flynn and free agent signee Ramon Sessions -- in whom the team has invested so much.

At first, he said simply that he preferred other options -- namely, Corey Brewer and rookie Wayne Ellington -- at shooting guard.

But here might be the real reason: He's trying to groom Flynn to run the triangle offense at point guard and apparently doesn't want him picking up bad habits.

"I want Jonny to try to be a point guard," Rambis said of Flynn, who has been more efficient scoring (14.3 ppg) than distributing the ball (3.1 apg). "He's a more natural scorer than Ramon is, so now I'm telling him to go from the point guard position to a position where his mindset is to score. I'm not sure how that would affect things.

"There might be instances where we try it. I'm not ruling it out, but we just haven't got there yet."

Monday, the Timberwolves met a Golden State team that plays point guard-sized Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry together plenty.

On Sunday in Portland, the Trail Blazers did the same, starting two point guards -- Andre Miller and Steve Blake -- together.

Rambis played Sessions and Flynn together for about four minutes Sunday at Portland and for about eight minutes in Monday's game at Golden State.

WARRIORS 146, WOLVES 105: The Wolves lost their seventh consecutive game Monday after a season-opening comeback victory over New Jersey. Did they ever lose -- and how in a record-tying defeat at Golden State.

Trailing by 19 points in the second quarter, by 34 in the third and by as many as 45 in the fourth, the Wolves tied franchise records for most points allowed in a game and largest margin of defeat.

"It's embarrassing," Wolves forward Al Jefferson said. "We just got embarrassed."

The only other time they allowed 146 points was right there in Golden State on April 1, 1994, and that was no April's Fool joke. Christian Laettner, Isaiah Rider and current assistant coach Darrick Martin played on that team, a year before a guy named Kevin Garnett arrived in Minnesota.

The only other time they were beaten by 41 points was a March 1996 game at Miami (113-72) in Garnett's rookie season.

"I don't think any of us have been beat this bad in any of our days of playing basketball," Wolves forward Ryan Gomes said. "So it's got to become personal. You have to do something about this individually and challenge ourselves individually. Then the team ultimately will become better. We cannot let this happen again."


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Added: November 10, 2009

 

 
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