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Wolves Updates 11/29

Petersen returns to work, Love has four 20-20 games in November, Flynn plays in postpractice game and more


From Kent Youngblood/Star Tribune:

Flynn took part in an intense three-on-three postpractice game that regularly features players who aren't getting a lot of playing time.

"This isn't a set drill, where you can control what's going on," Rambis said. "You have to react to what people are doing, absorb contact."


From Jerry Zgoda/Star Tribune:

Timberwolves television broadcaster Jim Petersen returned to work Saturday night, three days after suffering a heart attack he said was nowhere near the "mild" one the team reported he had after Wednesday morning's shootaround.

Petersen credits a telephone call to team physician Sheldon Burns with saving his life. Burns urged him to call paramedics immediately rather than wait for his wife to arrive home after he went from experiencing slight discomfort in his chest to a crushing pain in a matter of minutes.

Within 50 minutes after calling for help, Petersen rested in the hospital with a stent in his heart to open what he called a 100 percent blockage.


From Ray Richardson/Pioneer Press:

Kevin Love's 21 points and 22 rebounds gave the Wolves forward four games in November with at least 20 points and 20 rebounds. The last NBA player to have four 20-20 games in a month was Atlanta's Kevin Willis during the 1990-91 season.

Love's double-double was his 12th this season. He's had nine in the past 12 games. Love raised his averages to 19.0 points and a league-leading 14.9 rebounds.


From Ray Richardson/Pioneer Press:

Rambis said he met with forward Michael Beasley before Friday's practice to address the meltdown Beasley experienced in the fourth quarter of Wednesday's loss to San Antonio.

Beasley committed two of his four turnovers in that period and misfired badly on his only two shot attempts. He did not play in the final five minutes of regulation.

"He has a better understanding," Rambis said of Beasley. "Does that mean everything is resolved? No. We're trying to get all of our players to handle late-game situations better. In tight-game scenarios, you have to be able to make passes, make plays and make accurate decisions. As a team, we're still not comfortable in that environment."


From Kent Youngblood/Star Tribune:

"Every night it's a different matchup," Johnson said. "Like Monta, he's very small, very quick. Explosive. Lethal scorer. But it seems like it's something different every night."

Johnson has already shown he belongs in the NBA. He has a smooth shot. He's long and lean and quick. But it's also clear he has a ways to go, on both ends of the floor. Small forward and shooting guard are the marquee offensive positions in the league. And that means no nights off.

"It takes guys a while, one, to learn how to play defense in this league," Timberwolves coach Kurt Rambis said. "And two, to understand the players they're playing, and then to understand what they can and can't do against these guys. We're asking him to do an awful lot."


From Charley Walters/Pioneer Press:

Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson, on the Timberwolves: "They have some terrific, young talent. I love that kid (Wes) Johnson; he looks like he's going to be a great talent. And when they get some of the guys (Martell Webster, Jonny Flynn) who are injured back, they'll have a really good squad."


Alex Raskin/Hoopsworld includes Love, Beasley, and Milicic on a list of "some players making the most of it."


From the Timberwolves site:

The teamwork concept works in all walks of life and this past Saturday, the Wolves worked together to distribute their most important dish. At SEVEN Steakhouse, the entire team served a Thanksgiving style dinner to a mixture of Purple Heart recipients from World War II, Vietnam, Iraq, families of a soldier killed in action, and military service members that have recently served in a combat zone.

“Just to be able to do an event like this, to show respect to the people who let us live comfortably today. All the wars they fought for us to give us our freedom. So, this is a great way to give back,” Jonny Flynn said.


Recaps of Saturday's loss to Golden State:

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Jerry Zgoda/Star Tribune

Ray Richardson/Pioneer Press