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Minnesota Timberwolves Notes, Quotes 2009-11-10


Minnesota Timberwolves Notes, Quotes 2009-11-10--G Wayne Ellington sat in front of a Mac computer watching Golden State game tape and fiddling with his cell phone before he made his first NBA start Monday night.

Coach Kurt Rambis countered the Warriors' small-ball lineup by removing power forward Oleksiy Pecherov and inserting Ellington in a starting lineup with Jonny Flynn, Corey Brewer, Ryan Gomes and Al Jefferson.

Ellington's job?

Defend Monta Ellis, the Warriors' leading scorer at 18.4 ppg.

Oh, is that all?

"Yeah," Ellington said. "How 'bout that?"

Rambis put Ellington in the lineup but still thought Jefferson could exploit the Warriors inside.

"I don't want to completely match up with small on small," Rambis said. "That's their game, their style. I think they're better playing that style of ball. That's not how we work. We still want them to have to defend us inside."

--F Nathan Jawai played 13 minutes Monday and scored six points after he more than quadrupled his career highs for points and minutes Sunday at Portland with a 16-point, 22-minute game against the Blazers.

Coach Kurt Rambis is officially intrigued with the 6-10, nearly 300-pound Australian.

"He has impressed the entire coaching staff from day one," Rambis said. "He has a very high basketball IQ. He has picked up things really, really, really quick. He's very light on his feet. He can move. He understands the game."

All but two of Jawai's 16 points at Portland were in the second half, long after the outcome had been decided.

"Is it playing in a playoff game? Game 7?" Rambis asked. "Players have to get out on the floor. They have to have the opportunity to see what works for them and what doesn't work for them. He was doing a lot of good stuff against some very good defensive centers in this league."

QUOTE TO NOTE: "Thank you for bringing that up. That's excellent that you spent the time during the ballgame to assess that." -- Wolves coach Kurt Rambis to a reporter who told him the team tied franchise records for points allowed and margin of defeat in Monday's 146-105 loss at Golden State.


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Added: November 10, 2009

 

 
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