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Throughout the 2013-14 season, the Minnesota Timberwolves have been a talented team plagued by shaky play in the clutch.
Saturday's Timberwolves team didn't have nearly as much talent, with Kevin Love, Nikola Pekovic and Kevin Martin all sidelined with injuries. But they lost to the Portland Trail Blazers in true Wolves fashion, letting the game get away from them in the fourth quarter.
Portland scored 34 points in the final frame to walk away with a 117-110 victory.
This time, however, the Wolves shouldn't feel bad about themselves. They played a good team right down to the wire, despite missing their three best players.
Portland point guard Damian Lillard paid a compliment to the Wolves' skeleton crew after the game, per NBA.com's Jim Beilby:
We knew they would make this an energy game. We knew they were short-handed with Kevin Love and Kevin Martin out, we had to make sure that we stayed focused and made sure we don't tell ourselves 'Well, Kevin Love and Kevin Martin aren't playing, so this is going to be easy.' It is an NBA team and they got guys out there that are capable of putting some things together and that is what they did tonight.
Hopefully Minnesota can put together some actual wins, once they get healthy.