Wolves get destroyed in Orlando and more
The Minnesota Timberwolves suffered their worst loss in franchise history Wednesday night at the hands of the Orlando Magic. Dwight Howard had 18 points, 16 rebounds and eight blocked shots in a 128-86 Magic win.
"No one enjoys getting blown out," Timberwolves head coach Kurt Rambis said. "You look at all the young teams, they go through their growing pains. It hurts, but you've got to get through it."
Recaps of tonight's loss at Orlando:
From Ray Richardson/Pioneer Press:
Beasley, who did not dress for Wednesday's game, still was experiencing some stiffness but said he felt better after a night of treatment.
Wolves coach Kurt Rambis and trainer Gregg Farnam advised Beasley to take the night off after he landed hard on his hip on a drive to the basket. Beasley made the shot and drew a foul on Miami forward James Jones but was unable to shoot the free throw. He was helped to the locker room and underwent an X-ray examination; test results were negative.
"I still can't move laterally too well," Beasley said. "I remember going up and trying to protect myself, and my legs and feet weren't where they were supposed to be."
Beasley's status for Friday night's home game against Atlanta is uncertain.
From Jerry Zgoda/Star Tribune:
The Wolves last summer guaranteed Darko Milicic $16 million for the next four seasons because they considered him a mobile 7-footer who could anchor the defense.
But he's got to make a shot sometime ... doesn't he?
Milicic has an 14.3 field-goal percentage (4-for-28) and didn't make a shot in games against Milwaukee, Miami or Orlando (0-for-6).
"I want him to get to the point where he's comfortable," Rambis said. "It still looks like to me like he's not secure with himself, not comfortable. He just has to continue to be aggressive until he develops that comfort zone. Some of it is confidence, some of it is technique."