The television highlights will show Luke Ridnour missing a short, off-balance baseline jumper as time expired Sunday, Feb. 24, in the Timberwolves' 100-99 loss to Golden State at Target Center.
But that is not the reason the Wolves fell one game below .500 at home (13-14) and lost for the 13th time in 17 games.
There are far more reasons for Sunday's loss than Ridnour's failed attempt. At the top of the list were Golden State's six offensive rebounds and 10 second-chance points in the fourth quarter, two critical categories that helped the Warriors overcome a nine-point deficit and disappoint the crowd of 18,033.
Even more troubling for Wolves coach Rick Adelman were the turnovers his team committed on three straight possessions late in the fourth quarter that kept Golden State in position to win.
Two of the turnovers were offensive fouls committed by Nikola Pekovic and Derrick Williams. The other was an ill-advised pass from Ricky Rubio to Pekovic that sailed out of bounds.
"We have to take care of the ball to make sure we get a shot," Adelman said. "We didn't do that. Sometimes we were forcing the issue. We have to learn from those things."
Turnovers just one reason for team's latest loss
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