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News » Minnesota Timberwolves Getting Inside 2009-03-30


Minnesota Timberwolves Getting Inside 2009-03-30


Minnesota Timberwolves Getting Inside 2009-03-30
The Timberwolves ended their seven-game losing streak Sunday against New Jersey before a half-empty arena in a lost season that now has just eight games remaining.

Wolves coach Kevin McHale remembers what it's like to play for something at this time of the year. This year, for the fifth consecutive season, the Wolves will miss the playoffs, which McHale calls the "only fun time of the year."

"Up to a certain point in your career, it is," McHale said. "October stinks. November and December and January are torture. February, you start seeing the light. March and April, you're getting ready for the fun part of the year."

McHale knows it well from his playing days, when he won three NBA titles with the Boston Celtics in the 1980s.

He also remembers it from his management days, when Kevin Garnett led the Wolves to the playoffs eight consecutive seasons, even if they advanced out of the first round only once.

"What you really miss is the mindset of getting there," McHale said. "It's all about 'This is how we're going to play' and it's about the unwillingness to give in. It's all those things that don't normally happen on young teams. Young teams are just trying to figure on what each of them can do individually on the floor, not what they can do to help the team win on the floor."

By McHale's calculations, three quarters of the NBA regular season consists of meaningless games when you play on a championship contender.

"There are about 20 that get you excited and 62 you have to sludge through," he said. "Once you get to the point where you know you're going to win 55 to 65 games if you stay healthy, you just have to trudge through them. Then the playoffs are great."

WOLVES 108, NETS 99: Ball movement, body movement and a shot-happy Mike Miller.

All about 74 games too late.

After losing seven in a row and 18 of 20, Sunday's victory showed there is still some life left in the Wolves yet, even if just only eight games remain in this forgettable season.

The Wolves led by as many as 18 in the second quarter, were up 10 at halftime and withstood Vince Carter's game-high 36 shots.

Minnesota had 17 assists on 21 made field goals in the first half, and 26 on 37 for the game. They made 10 three pointers for the 15th time this season.

Miller, the shooter who has passed up so many more shots than he has taken this season, scored a team-high 22 points on 8-for-14 shooting and pulled down 10 rebounds. It was his fourth double-double of the month. His 14 attempts were the most since putting up 17 on Nov. 28 at Oklahoma City.


Author: Fox Sports
Author's Website: http://www.foxsports.com
Added: March 30, 2009

 

 
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