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News » Minnesota Timberwolves Notes, Quotes 2009-11-13

Minnesota Timberwolves Notes, Quotes 2009-11-13

Minnesota Timberwolves Notes, Quotes 2009-11-13--Kurt Rambis again shuffled his starting lineup Wednesday after he had reconfigured it for the smallish Warriors on Monday.

This time, he moved center Ryan Hollins into the starting five for the first time this season. Rambis placed him at power forward next to center Al Jefferson and small forward Ryan Gomes because he wanted to "bring some energy and length" against Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge, who has been a notoriously tough matchup for the Wolves to handle.

Aldridge was held to a mere 11 points and four rebounds while the Blazers in turn exploited the matchup of Greg Oden against Al Jefferson at center. Oden had 18 points and 11 rebounds.

In realigning the starting lineup, Rambis kept Oleksiy Pecherov out of the starting five... and out of the game entirely.

Pecherov scored eight points in the next three games after delivering a career-high 24 points against Kevin Garnett and Boston a week ago.

"One game is not a breakthrough," Rambis said. "I think any player in this league is capable of playing a good game once in a while. It's very difficult to be consistent in this league."

--Coach Kurt Rambis might not be a screamer, but he continues to try to get his message across, particularly, it seems, to guard Jonny Flynn.

He twice pulled Flynn from Wednesday's game and sent in Ramon Sessions after Flynn forced a shot.

Each time, Flynn got up a couple more shots before Sessions replaced him during a timeout.

Flynn entered Wednesday's game second on the team in scoring with a 15.0 points per game average and is first in assists with 3.5 a game. He scored 15 points, had one assist and two turnovers.

"I'd like to see his assist total go up," Rambis said. "But I'd like to see his turnovers (also 3.5 a game) go down. That's what I'd really like to see."

QUOTE TO NOTE: "You don't bring that stuff into Stearns County!" -- A courtside Target Center fan after Portland center Joel Przybilla blocked one of four shots against his home-state team. A little geography lesson: Przybilla's hometown of Monticello, Minn., is actually in Wright County.

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