Keep control of that ball
- Blog Post by: Kent Youngblood
- March 27, 2012 - 6:41 PM
All you have to do is look at the first two games between the Timberwolves and Grizzlies to see what Minnesota has to do to end its five-game losing streak here:
1. Don't turn the ball over.
2. Try to control Memphis in the paint.
Of course, the first one of those won't be easy with rookie Malcolm Lee backing up Luke Ridnour tonight. And the second won't be easy considering Zach Randolph is back and the Wolves are again without Nikola Pekovic.
But the job will be a little easier because Grizzlies center Marc Gasol (ankle) will not play tonight.
But those were the pre-game themes Wolves coach Rick Adelman stressed.
Greetings. Kent Youngblood here. I'll be covering the game tonight.
Here is Adelman: "Memphis is a tough matchup. They're very aggressive. They get into the open court. If you turn the ball over they'll attack you. They're big inside, with Randolph back now. A hard matchup. Against any team that can attack us inside, we're at a disadvantage."
In the Wolves loss to Memphis at home this season the Grizzlies scored 23 points off of Wolves turnovers and out-scored Minnesota, 48-36, in the paint.
Here at Memphis Feb. 8, the Grizz got 22 points off turnovers, out-rebounded the Wolves 59-47, got 21 offensive rebounds and scored 54 points in the paint.
That's why you might see Darko Milicic or Anthony Randolph at some point tonight.
One other thing: Adelman said Luke Ridnour felt better tonight than he did prior to the Wolves victory over Denver Sunday. So that's a good sign.
That's about it for now. I'll get back to you after the game.
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