Wednesday , Apr , 12 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Timberwolves finishing up campaign

(Sports Network) – The Minnesota Timberwolves (32-46) are wrapping up a
very disappointing season. They are in fourth place in the Northwest Division
and are going to miss the playoffs for the second straight season. .

The Timberwolves, who made it to the Western Conference finals in the
2003-04 campaign, have four games remaining on their schedule. They
will split their final four contests evenly between home and the road.

On Wednesday, two of the NBA’s most disappointing teams meet as the Houston
Rockets welcome the Timberwolves to the Toyota Center. It is the fourth and
final meeting of the campaign between the squads. In the three previous
contests, the Rockets won a pair at the Target Center, while the Timberwolves
defeated Houston, 96-92, on January 27th at the Toyota Center.

Minnesota has won three straight after losing its last four at Houston.

The Timberwolves have lost 14 in a row on the road and will play the middle
contest of a three-game road trip against the Rockets. On Tuesday, Pau Gasol
had 19 points, 10 rebounds and six assists to lead the Memphis Grizzlies over
the Timberwolves, 92-76, at FedExForum.

Justin Reed had 14 points and eight rebounds in the loss to Memphis for the
Timberwolves, who played the game without Kevin Garnett. The All-Star forward
did not make the trip with the team because of a knee injury.

Garnett, who leads the Timberwolves in scoring (21.8 ppg) and rebounding (12.7
rpg), is expected to miss Wednesday’s game.

Minnesota is a dismal 8-31 on the road this season. The Timberwolves are
scheduled to visit the Indiana Pacers on Friday at Conseco Fieldhouse.

The Timberwolves last win on the road was on February 6th at Phoenix.

Minnesota will closeout the regular season with a pair of home games against
San Antonio on Sunday and Memphis on April 19th.