Jerry Zgoda missed the entire Kevin Garnett era, but he's back covering the Timberwolves after working the beat for their first four seasons two decades ago. In between, he covered a bit of everything: Gopher men's and women's basketball and NCAA athletics, golf, outdoor recreation, sports media and a little Vikings and Twins.

What it takes to win

Posted by: Kent Youngblood under Wolves practice news Updated: December 23, 2010 - 3:42 PM

Greetings. Kent Youngblood here, wishing you happy holidays.

 

I'll make is short, so you can get back to your last-minute shopping.

Wolves coach Kurt Rambis ran the fellows through a rather long practice on the main floor of the Target Center Thursday, a workout that began with a film review of Wednesday's fourth-quarter meltdown vs. the Utah Jazz.

The question I'm attempting to answer for my Friday story is whether the Wolves have the elements necessary to win their share of those games they put themselves in position to win. It seems like after every blown lead turns into a loss, Rambis talks about what the Wolves don't have, i.e. a go-to guy, veteran leadership, lockdown defenders, etc.

So do they have what it takes to win at least some of these games? Both Rambis and his players say yes. Rambis, for example, said that simply making better decisions Wednesday would have been enough to win.  I also talked to some of the players about that. Kevin Love, ever the quotable one, said the team just needs to tell itself that it's playing five quarters and everything should be OK.

Meanwhile, Darko MIlicic is moving better every day. He's very close to being 100 percent after playing through that sprained ankle. Backup center Nikola Pekovic (ankle) did some limited work Thursday and is a ways away. Backup point guard Sebastian Telfair (plantar fasciitis) did not practice.

The team will practice again Friday, and the team is scheduled to fly to Cleveland later on Christmas day.

 

That's about it. Happy holidays.

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