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.

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Posted by: Kent Youngblood under Wolves postgame Updated: March 7, 2011 - 10:50 PM

Greetings. Youngblood here for the final time tonight.

Well, Love got his double-double, got a standing ovation, and the Wolves lost.

Nothing new there.

But I will say this: it was an entertaining game, and the Wolves showed a pretty good chin for most of the night. They just didn't have one more push-back in them late. I guess it was inevitable that Dirk Nowitzki would eventually get it going.

Love was very interesting after the game. There's not a lot of new stuff in his quest. But he talked about his knowledge of Moses Malone gained from listening to his father growing up. He dropped Kevin Willis' name. I'll say this: Love knows the history of the league and appreciates it. He came three rebounds away of becoming the first player to have 20-plus points and rebounds in four straight games since Jabbar in 1975.

Impressions from tonight's game:

--Call me a fool, but I see this team getting a little better down the stretch. If the Wolves had made more free throws, they might have won this thing: "We did a pretty good job tonight," Wolves coach Kurt Rambis said. "We played well. ... Just typical of us.  We go up and down during a game, but we did a good job.''

--Jonny Flynn still isn't full speed. But he' s playing with more confidence all the time. Flynn had 11 points in 13 minutes Monday. Only one assist, but no turnovers. He shot 5-for-8.

--Michael Beasley scored 20 points and had nine rebounds. He was aggressive, and he even blocked two shots. But  he's not back in rhythm yet. He needed 22 shots, and he went 4-for-9 on free throws.

--Wayne Ellington continued to make the most of his opportunities. He scored 12 points on 5-for-7 shooting.

 

Darko Milicic, Ellington, Martell Webster and Wes Johnson all returned after missing time with either injuries, personal issues or sickness.

 

That's about it for tonight. I'll be at practice tomorrow.

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