By Jerry Zgoda
Phil Miller covered practice today and filed this after the Wolves worked out at Target Center before flying to Denver for tomorrow night’s game.
Saturday was the one-month anniversary of the Wolves’ only victory, and they marked the occasion with “one of the best practices we’ve had all season,” said point guard Ramon Sessions said.
So will it produce an end to the losing streak?
“I hope so,” forward Ryan Gomes sighed. “A win would make a huge difference. There’s this weight on our shoulders right now.”
That’s the weight of 15 straight losses, one short of the franchise record — “a record we really don’t want,” Gomes understated. But it would take an enormous upset to avoid matching that record, set twice before, considering the Nuggets are 7-0 at home. The Memphis Grizzlies or Utah Jazz, who visit Target Center next week, offer much more likely opportunities to break the skid.
Once the streak ends, the Wolves seem genuinely confident that the atmosphere around the team will clear. “I feel like one win would change everything, becasue it would give us our confidence back,” Sessions said. “It would get us over the hump. I think one win could lead to 10 or 15 more pretty quickly. I think you’d be surprised what an effect it would have.”
Kurt Rambis hopes so, too; he’s worried that his team’s effort will begin to wane if there isn’t any progress soon. “Getting a win would keep them positive,” Rambis said. He was a member of the expansion Charlotte Hornets during the franchise’s first two seasons, when they won 20 and 19 games, so the coach understands what the players are feeling.
“I know how much losing wears on guys, how much it has an impact on their outlook about everything,” he said. “Losing can be so overbearing, you don’t even realize how it’s beating you down. But the guys here have done a good job of being positive.
“It’s not to the point where problems are arising, which is good,” he added. “You can just tell that they really want to find a way to win.”