Tuesday , Mar , 13 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Timberwolves still alive in West

(Sports Network) – The Minnesota Timberwolves are a disappointing 27-35
this season, but with the 20 games left on their scheduled they are still
in the mix in the Western Conference playoff race.

Minnesota, which has missed the playoffs the last two seasons, is just two
games behind the Los Angeles Clippers for the eighth and final playoff spot in
the West.

All-Star Kevin Garnett leads the Timberwolves in scoring (22.9
ppg) and rebounding (12.6 rpg). He has scored in double-digits in all 61
games he has played and has collected 51 double-doubles and three triple-
doubles this season. Garnett has scored more than 20 points in five straight
games and is averaging 27.2 points and 11.0 rebounds in that span.

Minnesota will split its final 20 games during the regular season between the
Target Center and the road.

The slumping Indiana Pacers try to avoid their 10th straight loss, as they
visit the Timberwolves on Tuesday at the Target Center. It is the second and
final meeting of the season between the teams. On December 23rd, Garnett
scored 29 points and pulled down 19 rebounds to lead the Timberwolves to a
78-71 win over the Pacers at Conseco Fieldhouse.

Minnesota has lost 11 of its last 12 at Indiana. The Timberwolves are 3-14 at
Indiana.

The Timberwolves have dropped two straight games. Josh Smith scored a career-
high 32 points on 12-of-15 from the floor to lead Atlanta to a 99-93 victory
over Minnesota on Saturday at Philips Arena

Garnett tallied 32 points and 11 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who have lost
eight of their last 10 games overall. Ricky Davis ended with 19 points, while
Troy Hudson scored 10 in defeat.

The Timberwolves are 18-13 at home this season. After Tuesday’s game, they
will embark on a five-game road trip at Golden State, the Lakers, Phoenix,
Sacramento and Seattle. Minnesota has dropped eight in a row on the road.

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