Originally written February 08, 2012 on Fox Sports North:
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No team wants to call a loss expected. No player wants to make excuses or accept it, but, on Wednesday night, the Timberwolves had no other choice.With Kevin Love serving the second and final game of his suspension, the Timberwolves were sluggish all night, falling 85-80 to the Grizzlies in their second loss to Memphis this season. It wasn't a performance to be proud of, but the loss shouldn't take on any more significance than simply being an off night for the young team.Although the Timberwolves went into Wednesday with a 6-4 road record, the odds were stacked against them. Memphis had won the team's past five games make that six, now and after expending a lot of energy on Tuesday to make up for Love's absence, the team looked exhausted at points."With Kevin out, that's tough for their team," Memphis forward Rudy Gay said. "Kevin's a big part of their team, and we're going to take advantage of that."It was one of those losses that ...
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