Friday , Apr , 07 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Disappointing campaign for Timberwolves

(Sports Network) – The Minnesota Timberwolves are just 31-44 and are
going to miss the playoffs for the second straight season. Last season, they
won 44 games.

On Friday, the Utah Jazz try to keep their slim playoff hopes alive when they
visit the disappointing Timberwolves at the Target Center. Utah has won two of
the three meetings between the squads this season. The Jazz have lost four of
six, six of 10 and eight of their last 13 at Minnesota.

The Timberwolves try to halt a two-game losing streak, as they open a brief
two-game homestand against Utah. On Wednesday, Josh Childress converted a
layup at the buzzer to lift the Atlanta Hawks to a 101-99 victory over the
Timberwolves at Philips Arena.

Ricky Davis paced Minnesota in defeat with a game-high 33 points on 13-of-21
shooting from the floor. Kevin Garnett added 27 points and 15 rebounds, as he
extended his double-double streak to 32 games. Rookie Rashad McCants netted 14
for the Timberwolves, who dropped their 13th straight game on the road.

Minnesota is a solid 23-14 at home this season. The Timberwolves are scheduled
to host the Hawks on Sunday at the Target Center.

The Timberwolves, who made it to the Western Conference finals in the
2003-04 campaign, have seven games remaining on their schedule. Four
of their final seven games are at the Target Center.

Besides Utah, Minnesota will host Atlanta, San Antonio and Memphis. The
Timberwolves final three road contests are against the Grizzlies, Rockets and
the Pacers.