Wednesday , Apr , 13 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Minnesota Timberwolves Team Report – April 13

=== Minnesota Timberwolves Team Report – April 13 ===

(Sports Network) – The Minnesota Timberwolves need a win on Wednesday if
they want to keep their slim playoff hopes alive, as they will host the Golden
State Warriors at the Target Center.

Minnesota is four games behind the Memphis Grizzlies, who visit the Houston
Rockets tonight, for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western
Conference. A loss by Minnesota or a win by Memphis, eliminates the
Timberwolves from playoff contention.

The Timberwolves and Grizzlies both have five games left on their regular-
season schedules.

It is the third and final meeting of the season between the clubs. The
Timberwolves beat Golden State, 107-99, on December 1st at The Arena in
Oakland, while Warriors defeated Minnesota, 99-93, on March 2nd at the Target

Golden State has won two of its last three at Minnesota.

Minnesota has lost two in a row. On Saturday, Tyronn Lue scored a game-high 23
points, including several clutch baskets in crunch time, as the Atlanta Hawks
surprised the Timberwolves, 105-98, at Philips Arena. Reigning MVP Kevin
Garnett posted a double-double with 31 points and 12 rebounds in the loss.

Garnett also dished out seven assists in the loss to the Hawks for Minnesota,
while Latrell Sprewell and Michael Olowokandi both finished with 17 points in
defeat. Olowokandi also pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds.

The Timberwolves, who will visit Utah and Friday and will host Seattle on
Sunday, are 22-16 at home this season. They are 7-3 in their last 10 at the
Target Center. Minnesota will closeout the regular season with a road game
against New Orleans on April 18th and a home contest versus San Antonio on
April 20th.