Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Another Road Loss, This Time In Memphis

The NBA continues to look into the Wolves' lack of use of Garnett and Davis for competitive balance, but there had been no resolution as of Tuesday.

From Marc Stein/Daily Dime:
I'm told that the league office, while cognizant of the fact that every loss gives the Wolves a better chance of securing a top-10 pick in the May draft lottery -- and knowing that Minnesota must send its first-round pick to the Clippers if it falls outside the top 10 -- is unlikely to challenge the Wolves' decision to sit Garnett for the final five games.

The rest of the league thinks it's totally awesome:
"It's only an advantage for us if we win," (Grizzlies coach) Fratello said beforehand. "Last time I checked, they won their last game, didn't they?"

The Wolves ended up losing in Memphis, 92-76. McCants left the game in the 4th quarter with a sprained ankle.

Coach Casey on the loss:
"To come in here for our young guys and compete the way they did, it's a tough task. But this gives our young guys a taste of what playoff basketball and playoff-ready teams (are) about."

Apparently when you're brought in from the D-League as is the case with Bracey Wright, it's referred to as a "Gatorade Call-Up."

The Timberwolves are expected to bid on unrestricted free agent and former Gophers center Joel Przybilla of the Trail Blazers this summer, but Portland is expected to make the highest bid to retain the 7-foot shot-blocking artist.

Look for Wolves forward Eddie Griffin to undergo corrective eye surgery next month. If not, his days in Minnesota could be numbered.

Good times: The Wolves (minus Garnett and Davis) face the Rockets (minus T-Mac and Yao) in Houston tonight.