Practice Report: Thursday, January 19

Practice Report: Thursday, January 19

Kelsey Kroll
Wolves Editorial/Social Media Associate


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It was a short but productive practice Thursday afternoon, as the Minnesota Timberwolves squeezed in one more workout before boarding the plane to head west for their back-to-back road games against the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday and the Utah Jazz on Saturday.

Following Thursday's practice, and Wednesday's 93-85 win over the Detroit Pistons, Minnesota coach Rick Adelman discussed the team's continuous efforts on the defensive end.

"Defensively, I think we've improved a lot, and have been fairly consistent lately," Adelman said. "I think it's a team thing. As a team, they have to be accountable defensively. You can't just rest when your guy is not involved."

Offensively, Adelman knows his team is still trying to find its knack as shots failed to connect against Detroit.

"We have to find different ways to make different shots I guess," he said. "We had a terrible first half offensively but we didn't get blown out. They got 18 up, we came back and cut it to six, then we won the game in the second half and that is a good sign."

Wayne Ellington stepping up

One player stepping up on the defensive end for Minnesota last night and slowing proving to be a key asset for the Wolves is guard Wayne Ellington.

"He's been about as consistent as you can be defensively for us," Adelman said. "He's really taken up the challenge. He goes all out and that is one thing we really love about him is whether it is practice or games, he plays the same. He goes out and competes."

Adelman confessed he had no problem playing Ellington, who he thought was the guy playing the best in the fourth quarter.

Injury Updates

Both center Brad Miller and guard Martell Webster will be making the trip but Adelman did not think they would see much, if any, playing time. Forward Michael Beasley will not be traveling but had limited participation during Thursday's practice. He remains out due to a right mid foot sprain suffered Jan. 6 against Cleveland. Guard JJ Barea had full participation after returning to action Wednesday night against Detroit. Following practice, Adelman said Barea looked and said he feel great.

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