Beasley leaves with ankle injury in 94-91 loss to the Spurs
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The Minnesota Timberwolves' frustration continued Sunday in a 94-91 loss to the San Antoinio Spurs at the AT&T Center.
The loss was the third to the Spurs this season and the team's 11th loss in their last 15 games. But the Wolves' biggest problem may be Michael Beasley leaving early after aggravating an ankle sprain in the second quarter.
Beasley's return was not ruled out -- a good sign -- but he did not return in the second half and finished the game with a season-low two points in 12 minutes.
The Wolves trailed the entire fourth quarter but didn't allow the veteran Spurs to pull away with the game.
A Kevin Love rebound off a Manu Ginobili miss gave the Wolves the ball and a chance to tie with 9 seconds left trailing 94-91. But the team's set plays out of timeouts continued to leave a lot to be desired.
Coach Kurt Rambis had Kevin Love, Luke Ridnour, Anthony Tolliver, Martell Webster and Corey Brewer on the court for the final play that resulted in Tolliver -- who has attempted just 33 three-pointers this season -- heaving up a prayer that was off the mark.
Rambis shook up the starting lineup after Friday's frustrating loss to the Portland Trailblazers, slotting in Brewer at the off-guard in place of rookie Wesley Johnson. Rambis was impressed with Brewer's defensive performance in the second-half against the white-hot Wesley Matthews and rewarded him accordingly.
The Wolves managed to keep their turnovers in check, giving the ball up just 11 times -- which ties a season low -- and the Spurs only capitalized with five points off turnovers.
But as the season has gone for the Wolves, when something goes right, something else goes wrong.
The Wolves got to the free-throw line just 12 times, making eight. The Spurs, on the other hand, got to the line more than twice as much, hitting 21-of-25 from the charity stripe.
Love continued to pile up double-doubles -- his 24th in a row -- with 18 points and 17 boards, continuing his stranglehold on the league rebounding lead.
The team has just one day to shake off the latest frustrating loss before running it back against the Spurs on Tuesday night at Target Center. They'll then face the Washington Wizards on Thursday and the Orlando Magic on Saturday.