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News » Minnesota Timberwolves Notes, Quotes 2008-03-29

Minnesota Timberwolves Notes, Quotes 2008-03-29

Minnesota Timberwolves Notes, Quotes 2008-03-29
--The Wolves, with just 18 victories this season, won't get many mentions for NBA postseason awards. But Wolves coach Randy Wittman said Al Jefferson should be considered for the league's Most Improved Player award.

Jefferson is one of four players -- Dwight Howard, Carlos Boozer and Antawn Jamison are the others -- who are averaging 20 points and 10 rebounds. The offensive centerpiece for a completely remade Wolves franchise, Jefferson entered Friday's game averaging 21.points and 11.5 rebounds and has 50 double-doubles in 71 games this season.

"I think you've got to, with what he's done on a consistent basis," said Wittman, who also said Sebastian Telfair should be considered for the award. "Being the main option for the first time in his career, sometimes it takes a person awhile to get accustomed to that. You're seeing different things from him, too. That's part of being an improved player."

--When the Lakers, Suns and Mavericks all made notable deals right before last month's trading deadline, Wolves guard Marko Jaric said he still liked the San Antonio Spurs in a suddenly ridiculously competitive Western Conference.

He still feels mostly that way.

"Definitely, the Lakers right now are playing the best basketball, but you know what?" he said. "Every year there a couple of teams -- Detroit, San Antonio -- nobody talks about and they always seem to get to the finals or the conference finals. I don't understand. Every year it's like that."

Nearly every season except maybe for this one, the Spurs increasingly have paced themselves until the All-Star break, then revved their turbines. This season, their current six-game winning streak that included Friday's victory over the Wolves was preceded by a four-game losing streak.

"They don't show the determination like they used to, but they are one of the playoff teams I would not trust," Jaric said. "They have a good foundation. They have good coaching. They are just solid."

QUOTE TO NOTE: "It's always 'If, if, if happens, we win the game.' If didn't happen today." -- Wolves F Kirk Snyder.

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