Timberwolves fall to Grizzlies 109-89; Defense back to old lapses
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The Minnesota Timberwolves played their first back-to-back test of the season against the Memphis Grizzlies and did not exactly fly with passing colors, losing 109-89
A night after getting their first win of the season, the Wolves barely showed up to play in Memphis, falling behind 23-4 early on in the first quarter.
Memphis scored 32 points off of the Wolves 28 turnovers.
O.J. Mayo, who was originally drafted by the Wolves before being traded on draft day for Kevin Love, lead the way for the Grizzlies, scoring 29 points and adding seven rebounds and five assists.
Love posted his third double-double in as many games with 14 points and 13 boards.
Defense continued to be an issue for the Wolves against the Grizzlies. Coach Kurt Rambis knows that the defense is going to be a work in progress.
"I think that defense is always harder to get everyone on the same page," Rambis said before Friday nights victory over Milwaukee. "If an individual has a ball and he is in the gym by himself he is not working on his defense. It is always harder to get everyone on the same page defensively as opposed to offensively,"
It doesn't get any easier from here for the Wolves. Up next: a trip to Miami to face Lebron James and the Miami Heat Tuesday night.
To make matters worse for the Wolves, James said earlier this week he was looking forward to playing Minnesota because of a YouTube video Anthony Tolliver made spoofing James' 'The Decision' special on ESPN where he announced he was signing with the Heat.