Gary Washburn/Seattle P-I on the team during last night's loss to Seattle:
The Timberwolves look unmotivated and unorganized. They have a great deal of young talent but it seems that no one knows when they are going to play and when they do, they are lethargic. Al Jefferson, who usually eats up the Sonics, has 13 points and six rebounds through three periods and doesn't look very inspired.
From the Philadelphia Inquirer:
The Timberwolves have lost 10 games by 10 or more points. They're not drawing flies to the Target Center. Practices become a stop-and-start process, as Wittman must explain simple concepts again and again to his young team. Wittman has had to undergo back surgery this season as well.
"Just as long as we understand where we're trying to go, that's the main thing," Wittman said last week, after taking yet another pounding. "As a coach, you don't have any control over that. You hope that everybody has the big picture in mind here of what we're trying to do. But I also know that it happens the other way, too."
The Wolves held a morning shootaround Saturday -- rare for the second half of back-to-back games -- at the Sonics' downtown training facility because they arrived early in town (midnight) and because they had things to work on after Friday's loss in Portland. ...Wolves General Manager Jim Stack scouted Gonzaga and No. 11 Tennessee in a collegiate game at KeyArena on Saturday afternoon.
After starting the season well in Minnesota, Gomes, acquired from the Celtics in the Kevin Garnett trade, fell into a shooting slump. He went through a 10-game stretch in which he shot 33.3 percent and wasn't as effective in other areas of his game, either.
But Gomes is playing better now that he has found his shooting touch again. He averaged 16.5 points on 46.9 percent shooting with seven rebounds and 1.5 steals in the four games (all starts) before Saturday's matchup at Seattle. He cooled off a bit against the Sonics, scoring 10 points on 3-of-8 shooting.
The Wolves conclude a demanding December in which they played 11 of 16 games away from home with a New Year's Eve game in L.A., followed by a rematch with the Trail Blazers.
Never have the Wolves done better in the NBA's May draft lottery than they deserved. This time, getting just what they deserve looks like the No. 1 overall pick.
Matt Tiano/Timberwolves site on Friday's loss to Portland.