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News » Minnesota Timberwolves Getting Inside 2009-11-25

Minnesota Timberwolves Getting Inside 2009-11-25

Minnesota Timberwolves Getting Inside 2009-11-25The Timberwolves' season is just 14 games old.

And summer is so far away.

Timberwolves basketball boss David Kahn made move after move last summer to position his team for next summer's free agency bonanza.

Until then, though, the players he has assembled for this season seemingly -- and metaphorically, of course -- walk the plank.

With injured Kevin Love probably three weeks away from making his season debut, the Timberwolves have lost 13 consecutive games. At 1-13 after Monday's 91-87 loss at the Los Angeles Clippers, they are starting to tread toward record territory.

The loss tied them for the franchise's worst start, 1-13 in the 1994-95 season.

The franchise's longest losing streak is 16 games, in 1991-92 and again in 1993-94.

Wolves coach Kurt Rambis was asked if losing's burden becomes too heavy as it approaches the record books.

"Not in my mind, no," he said. "We know the situation we're in. I don't think the players care. That's not something that enters their minds.

"That's something that definitely should not enter their minds. They have to just continue to be positive, continue to work on their individual skills, continue to learn how to play together.

"I just don't think you do all the things we did and expect a team to be successful. I don't believe that. The youth, the amount of changes we made, the imbalance in our roster, there's a purpose. We have a lot of cap space next year. That's the goal we have in mind."

It's certainly a roll of the dice on a future that right now looks anything but promising.

"We've got 70 games left, we don't want to think about records or what the losing record is," said forward Ryan Gomes. "We can only worry about the next game. If we lose that game, it's a one-game losing streak. That's how we've got to look at it."

Kahn was asked how management keeps players from feeling they've been asked to walk that proverbial plank until help presumably arrives next summer.

"They're not," Kahn said. "We should be really clear about that. We're not the only team in the league that starts this season admittedly with the playoffs not a likelihood, but we are one of the few teams that starts with an opportunity to really build something.

"I don't want them to think for one minute that what they're doing this year is an exercise in waiting or just finishing out a year and getting to the next step. This year is really important for establishing a new culture with hard work and attention to detail."

CLIPPERS 91, WOLVES 87: The Wolves led after each of the first three quarters and led by as many as eight points early in the third quarter, but lost for the 13th consecutive time after they went scoreless for more than five minutes and scored just 14 points in the fourth quarter.

They committed seven of their 21 turnovers in the fourth quarter. Included were four traveling violations, three by Al Jefferson.

The Wolves led 73-72 after three quarters, trailed 85-77 midway through the fourth and then got within a basket in the final minute.

But Jefferson traveled for the third and final time with 29 seconds left and Clippers guard Baron Davis scored his only points all night with a driving lay-up that secured victory with 8.5 seconds left.

Al Thornton, whom the Clippers selected seven slots after the Wolves drafted Corey Brewer seventh in 2007, led all scorers with 31 points. Jonny Flynn had 17 for the Wolves.

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