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.

Too far down, Wolves lose 98-92 at Atlanta

Posted by: Jerry Zgoda under Wolves postgame, Wolves news Updated: February 25, 2010 - 2:35 AM

Some quick, random stuff from tonight's 98-92 loss at Atlanta:

* Al Jefferson was back in the fourth quarter tonight after sitting all but one of the final 15 minutes in Tuesday's victory at Miami while Darko Milicic played on (and after watching the final four minutes Sunday against Oklahoma City).

He played all but 93 seconds in a fourth quarter when the Wolves trimmed a 16-point, second-quarter deficit to a basket early in the fourth but couldn't overtake a longer, deeper, more athletic Hawks team that shows what you can be when you rebuild for, oh, seven years.

Afterward, Kurt Rambis praised Jefferson's second-half defense one night after he said Milicic played through the fourth quarter because he cares about getting defensive stops and moves the ball on offense.

This is in tonight's game story but I'll add it here as well:

I asked Al about what it was like for him to sit and watch Tuesday.

He said, "It was real good because we won. When you got a group out there playing well, it'd be selfish of me to be mad because I'm on the bench. We won the game. I was happy. I was into the game. I was excited the way the guys were playing, and we came out with the victory."

Tonight was Al's third consecutive 10-point game, which you can probably attribute partly to assimiliating Darko into the lineup and to the Hawks' double-teaming defense. Seemed like every time Al touched the ball, Josh Smith was coming over to help out, too.

* Back to back games might have caught up with ol' Darko, who played little more than 10 minutes, none in the fourth. Rambis said he still liked what he saw defensively from him.

* Corey Brewer's three midway through the third quarter (the first of two threes) extended his club record streak to 23 games, behind only Aaron Brooks' 29 and Chauncey Billups' 25 as the NBA's longest current streaks.

* Ryan Hollins' 18 points were the most since he scored 19 against the Clips 12 games ago, when he moved back into the starting lineup the same night Kevin Love and Damien Wilkins came off the bench.

* Wilkins played well (15 points in 18 minutes, moved the ball) in his hometown with dad (Gerald) and uncle (Dominique looking on).

* Ryan Gomes is 11 for 16 in his last two games over going 0-for-9 against the Thunder Sunday.

The Wolves flew to Oklahoma City after tonight's game.

Rambis gave them the day off tomorrow after back-to-back games.

They play the Thunder Friday night before coming home to Portland Saturday night.

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