Wolves' road woes continue in 120-94 loss to Houston
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Heading into Sunday, the last time the Minnesota Timberwolves played a road game it resulted in their worst loss in franchise history, a 42-point dismantling by the Orlando Magic
On Sunday the Wolves only lost to the Rockets by 26 in a 120-94 blowout in Houston.
So technically, that is progress.
The Rockets, who hadn't won a game coming into Sunday, took it to the Wolves early, leading by 23 points at the half and the game was basically over at that point.
The Wolves shot just 31% in the first half en route to putting up a season-low 37 points in the first half.
To make matters worse, Luke Ridnour left midway through the second quarter with a hamstring injury and did not return. Ridnour was a game time decision with the hamstring injury but elected to give it a go but obviously could not finish and is now day-to-day.
This leaves the Wolves very short at point guard. Jonny Flynn is still a few weeks from returning. Sebastian Telfair took over the starting duties and Maurice Ager even got off the bench for six minutes. Wayne Ellington also ran the point at times during Sundays loss after Telfair got into foul trouble in the third quarter.
Although not expected to win too many road games, the Wolves haven't even been competitive on the road. In four games away from Target Center the Wolves have lost each game by an average of 30 games.
Want more stats? The Wolves are shooting just 30% on the road, averaging 21.7 turnovers and have been giving up an average of 122 points.
It should be mentioned that the Wolves have had a very difficult road schedule so far, having to take on both Miami and Orlando, but they haven't been remotely competitive on the road yet. Competitiveness was something that team brass used to sell this latest greatest roster overhaul to an ever dwindling fan base and so far it has yet to be seen.
It doesn't get any easier from here for the 1-6 Wolves. They head to California to take on the world champion L.A. Lakers Tuesday and a Sacramento team that beat them at home on October 27th.