Wednesday , Mar , 23 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Minnesota Timberwolves Team Report – March 23

=== Minnesota Timberwolves Team Report – March 23 ===

(Sports Network) – The disappointing Minnesota Timberwolves try to stay in
the hunt for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference, as
they host the New Orleans Hornets on Wednesday at the Target Center.

This is the third meeting of the season between the clubs. The Timberwolves
won the previous two contests, as they picked up a victory at home on November
6th and at New Orleans Arena on November 20th. The teams will play once more
in the 2004-05 campaign, as the Hornets will host Minnesota on April 18th.

Minnesota has won five straight and eight of the last nine meetings in this
series. Eleven of the last 12 contests have been decided by single digits. The
Hornets have lost four in a row at Minnesota.

The Timberwolves trail the Denver Nuggets by three games for No. 8 in the
West. On Sunday, reigning league MVP Kevin Garnett poured in 30 points,
grabbed 17 rebounds and handed out six assists to lead Minnesota to a 94-86
win over the Houston Rockets at the Target Center.

Wally Szczerbiak finished with 20 points and Sam Cassell came off the bench to
score 18 in Sunday’s victory for the Timberwolves, who snapped a two-game
losing streak.

On the injury front, Minnesota forward Mark Madsen (hand) is questionable for
tonight’s game. He has missed the last three games with the injury.

Minnesota, which is 30-16 when it allows under 100 points this season, is
19-15 as the host. The Timberwolves are 6-4 in their last 10 at the Target
Center.

Garnett has recorded 13 straight double-doubles. He is averaging 24.6 points
and 14.3 rebounds in that span. The All-Star forward leads the Timberwolves in
scoring (22.5 ppg), rebounds (13.9 rpg) and assists (5.6 apg).

The Timberwolves visit the New Jersey Nets on Saturday and return home to host
the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday. Minnesota is 1-0 against the Nets and 2-1
against the Clippers this season.

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