By Jerry Zgoda
The Wolves are in the second quarter tonight — trailing by as many as 11 early, of course — at Portland, trying to avoid their 12th consecutive loss after their season-opening victory over still winless New Jersey.
Two more losses — tonight and Monday at the L.A. Clippers — will tie the Wolves for the franchise’s worst start, 1-13 in the 1994-95 season.
Entering tonight, the Wolves’ last seven losses all have been by 10 or more points, including that 41-point fiasco at Golden State 12 days ago.
The Wolves again started Ryan Hollins next to Al Jefferson and again asked him to use his length against LaMarcus Aldridge, who has proven an extremely problematic matchup for the Wolves until Hollins came along.
The last time here (13 days ago, to be precise), Hollins helped limit Aldridge to 11 points and 4 rebounds (he did get 19 and 11 in the rematch four days later).
Tonight, Aldridge has two points midway through the second quarter.
Kevin Love again is watching from behind the Wolves’ bench here in his hometown.
Also not playing is injured Portland forward Travis Outlaw, out the next three to five months while he recovers from surgery to repair a broken foot.
Outlaw, 25, will be an unrestricted free agent this summer.
I know we’ve mentioned guys like Joe Johnson (a hard get) and Rudy Gay (an expensive get) as candidates when the Wolves try to spend all that saved cap money, but the more I think about it, the more a guy like Outlaw could be a target they actually could get.
He’s long, athletic and young.