The Minnesota Timberwolves probably are regretting their decision to trade away Kevin Garnett.

They'll be looking to shake their worst start in more than a decade when they visit the Sacramento Kings at the Arco Arena on Saturday night.

The Timberwolves parted ways with Garnett on July 31, trading the 10-time All-Star to Boston for five players, a pair of conditional draft picks and cash considerations. The move ushered in a rebuilding phase, and Minnesota started this season with only five players from last season's 32-50 team.

However, they've gotten off to a rocky start as Minnesota is 0-4 for the first time since beginning the 1994-95 season with six straight defeats. The Timberwolves drafted Garnett directly from high school with the fifth overall pick in the draft following that season.

Minnesota is coming off Friday's 107-93 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. Al Jefferson had 24 points and 15 rebounds, Ryan Gomes chipped in 17 and Sebastian Telfair had 15 off the bench.

All three players came to Minnesota in the Garnett deal. Jefferson, who signed a multiyear contract extension just before the season began, leads the Timberwolves with 20.3 points per games and has recorded double-doubles in all four games.

"We've been in a lot of games, close; we're just not finishing up," Gomes said. "We missed a lot of chippies tonight. I think overall we played well, but playing well isn't good enough if you don't win."

Point guard Rashad McCants, who is averaging 14.7 points, did not play due to a sprained right ankle that he hurt in the first quarter of Tuesday's 111-103 loss to Orlando. Guard Randy Foye, meanwhile, has yet to play this because of a left knee injury.

"We're behind the 8-ball a little bit there. Obviously, we miss Randy Foye and then Rashad being out, two more perimeter guys that can help us create things," Minnesota coach Randy Wittman said.

The Timberwolves, though, have won six of their last seven games in Sacramento.

The Kings (1-4) lost 93-91 to Cleveland on Friday. Kevin Martin scored 32, including 17 free throws, for Sacramento, which was trying to post back-to-back wins after being victorious in its season opener Tuesday over winless Seattle.

Martin is off to a strong start, averaging 27.8 points per game - second in the league to Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers (30.4). However, Martin couldn't draw a foul with two seconds left despite appearing to draw contact with Cleveland's Drew Gooden.

John Salmons and Francisco Garcia each scored 18 for the Kings, who are still without their two best players. Guard Mike Bibby is out until at least mid-December with a thumb injury, while forward Ron Artest served the fifth game of his seven-game suspension.


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