Tuesday , Mar , 15 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Minnesota Timberwolves Team Report – March 15

=== Minnesota Timberwolves Team Report – March 15 ===

(Sports Network) – The Minnesota Timberwolves visit the Dallas Mavericks
on Tuesday at American Airlines Center in the second of a home-and-home set.

It will be the fourth and final meeting of the 2004-05 campaign between the
clubs. Minnesota defeated the Mavericks, 83-82, on November 22nd at American
Airlines Center, while Dallas beat the Timberwolves twice at the Target

These two teams have split the last six meetings in this series. Dallas has
won five of the last eight contests, while Minnesota has won seven of the last
13 games. The Timberwolves have lost three of five and six of their last nine
at Dallas.

On Sunday, Jason Terry scored a team-high 22 points with 12 assists, Dirk
Nowitzki added 21 points and 10 rebounds, and Dallas defeated Minnesota,
102-93, at the Target Center.

Reigning MVP Kevin Garnett paced Minnesota in the opener of the home-and-home
set with a game-high 24 points and 13 rebounds despite suffering an eye injury
late in the first half. He was inadvertently poked in the right eye by Howard
while attempting to grab a rebound late in the second quarter. Garnett missed
two free throws after the play before heading into the locker room with 3:11
to go in the half, but later returned to the game.

Trenton Hassell added 19 points and Wally Szczerbiak came off the bench to
score 18 in Sunday’s loss for the Timberwolves, who have dropped two of three
following a three-game winning streak. Troy Hudson and Latrell Sprewell
combined to shoot 2-of-18 from the floor for Minnesota, which is fighting with
the Denver Nuggets and the Los Angeles Lakers for the eighth and final playoff
spot in the Western Conference.

Minnesota, which starts a three-game road trip Tuesday, is just 14-17 on the
road. The Timberwolves will visit the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday and the
Memphis Grizzlies on Friday.

The Timberwolves return home after Friday’s game for two contests. Minnesota
is scheduled to host the Houston Rockets on Sunday and the New Orleans Hornets
on March 23rd.

On the injury front, Timberwolves center Michael Olowokandi (hyperextended
right knee) and guard Sam Cassell (hamstring) are questionable. Cassell has
missed seven straight games, while Olowokandi has been on the sidelines for
Minnesota’s last nine contests.

Hassell has scored in double-digits in three straight games and is averaging
15 points and five rebounds in that span, while Szczerbiak has posted 15.6
points and 4.3 boards per game in his last 10 contests.