Thursday, April 12, 2007

Wolves 88, Mavericks 105

From Tim Leighton/Pioneer Press:
Life without Kevin Garnett began on a promising note for the Timberwolves on Wednesday night. His replacement, rookie Craig Smith, made his first NBA start and produced nine points and an assist in the first quarter.

The good vibes were short-lived, however, because even life with Garnett, who is out indefinitely with a quad injury, had deteriorated to mopping up a miserable season with a rotation of deep reserves auditioning for the future.

While new Gophers basketball coach Tubby Smith was in attendance last night, the Mavs' Dirk Nowitzki and Jerry Stackhouse were not.

Team Record: 32-46

Kent Youngblood/Star Tribune recap

AP Recap

Box Score

"This is a situation we talked about throughout the year,'' Wolves coach Randy Wittman said. "This is a way for us to find our identity a little bit with (Garnett) out of the game. We will have to get better at that, whether it is these last games or next year. That is a point of ours that we have struggled with him off the floor.''