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News » Minnesota Timberwolves Getting Inside 2009-11-13

Minnesota Timberwolves Getting Inside 2009-11-13

Minnesota Timberwolves Getting Inside 2009-11-13The Timberwolves' game-day morning film session and shoot-around expanded Wednesday from its usual 75 minutes or so into a two-hour plus tutorial that included more than an hour of watching Monday's 146-105 loss at Golden State again.

When asked to describe what that footage looked in the harsh light of day, Wolves coach Kurt Rambis said, "It was not pretty."

Rookie Jonny Flynn was slightly more descriptive.

"Oh, man, it was a lot of people with hands on their faces, towels on their heads," Flynn said. "But you need to see stuff like that. You need to be embarrassed. You need Coach to call you out to call you out to really switch things around. I think we saw a lot of things we did wrong.

"Our defense was horrible. It was unbelievable."

Somebody asked Rambis if he had raised voice to his team since the loss that tied franchise records for most points allowed and largest margin of defeat.

"No, do you want me to?" he asked. "When you're working with players on the floor, when you're teaching them and watching videotape, it's about education. I don't know about you guys, but I didn't have too many teachers who were screaming at me all the time to learn something."

But there's a time and a place for everything: When the Wolves fell behind by as many as 24 points in the third quarter of Wednesday's loss to Portland, Rambis angrily and loudly urged his players during a timeout to get back on defense.

BLAZERS 107, TIMBERWOLVES 84: Two nights after they allowed 111 points through three quarters and got beat by 41, the Wolves led by seven points early and were ahead 23-18 after one quarter.

Then the Blazers outscored them 67-38 over the next two quarters to beat the Wolves for the 10th consecutive time.

The Wolves now have lost eight consecutive games after a season-opening comeback victory over New Jersey and are exactly where they were this time a season ago: 1-8.

The Wolves adjusted their starting lineup to address Blazers power forward LaMarcus Aldridge, who has been a matchup nightmare for them seemingly ever since he entered the league. Aldridge was held to just 11 points and four rebounds, but the Blazers simply exploited a Greg Oden-Al Jefferson matchup at center.

Oden scored 18 points and had 11 rebounds on a night when the Blazers led by 24 after three quarters.

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