Monday Practice Report





Jonah Ballow
Wolves Editor/Writer

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The Wolves returned to the Life Time Fitness Training Center in search of a winning formula to finally conquer their nemesis. On Sunday night, San Antonio kept the young Minnesota squad at bay while posting another close 94-91 victory.

Michael Beasley aggravated his sprained left ankle in the loss and was forced to the sidelines for the remainder of the third meeting. The Wolves small forward only participated in a portion of Monday's practice, citing soreness as an issue for the final matchup of the season against the Spurs on Tuesday.

"I'm feeling good -- better, still a little sore though," Beasley explained.

When asked if he would attempt to return, Beasley replied, "I'm gonna try but as of now, I really don't know."

Without the services of its top scorer, Minnesota managed to outscore San Antonio but failed on a last-second shot to send the game to overtime. Beasley's absence and the emergence of Corey Brewer in the starting lineup will certainly change the look of this Wolves team for the short term.

Brewer believes they own several interchangeable players with Johnson and Webster also having the ability to float between the shooting guard and small forward positions.

"Wes is getting better game-by-game; we just have to put it together. Coach tried something new, so I started last game but Michael [Beasley] got hurt, so that kind of messed us up. Wes [Johnson] was able to come in and play great minutes for him. We just need to get some wins," Brewer said.

Despite struggling at times to hit the perimeter jumper, Brewer finds a way to infuse energy into the game and potentially shift momentum towards the Wolves direction. "If you play hard and bring some energy, your team gets going and everybody gets going, giving us a chance to win."

Tipoff set for 7 PM at the Target Center on Tuesday night as the Wolves look to snap a four-game slide. Check back to timberwolves.com for a complete scouting report at 10 AM.
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