Wednesday , Nov , 22 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Timberwolves need to get their act together

(Sports Network) – After advancing to the Western Conference finals in
2003-04, the Minnesota Timberwolves have missed the playoffs the last two
seasons.

This season, Minnesota is off to a poor start. It is 3-6 and sits in last
place in the Northwest Division.

On Wednesday, two teams with two-game losing streaks meet as the Timberwolves
welcome the New York Knicks to the Target Center. New York has lost two
straight and four of its last five at Minnesota. The Timberwolves have
captured four of the last five contests in this series.

The Timberwolves will visit the Knicks on April 6th at Madison Square Garden
for the second and final time this season.

Minnesota plays the finale of a short two-game homestand against the Knicks.
On Saturday, Chris Paul scored 35 points, but it was Peja Stojakovic who was
the hero, as he hit a three-pointer with 0.6 seconds left to lift the New
Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets to a thrilling 99-96 win over the Timberwolves
at the Target Center.

Kevin Garnett led the Timberwolves with 22 points and 17 rebounds in the loss
to the Hornets, while Troy Hudson was 4-for-5 from beyond the arc and ended
with 20 points off the bench in defeat.

Mark Blount scored 14 and pulled down seven boards for the Timberwolves, who
have lost six of their last seven games overall. Ricky Davis netted 11 for
Minnesota.

The Timberwolves are 2-2 at home this season. They will visit the Hornets on
Friday at the Ford Center.

Garnett leads the club in scoring (21.8 ppg) and rebounding (12.0 rpg), while
Davis has dished out a team-best 4.7 assists per game. The 30-year-old Garnett
has scored in double-digits in all nine games this season and has collected
eight double-doubles.

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