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Timberwolves fire Casey after four losses in a row

January 24, 2007|From the Associated Press

The Timberwolves fired coach Dwane Casey on Tuesday, one day after Minnesota lost its fourth consecutive game and only 1 1/2 seasons since he took over.

Casey, in his first head-coaching job, was unable to solve the Timberwolves' inconsistencies and push them back into the thick of the competitive Western Conference, prompting vice president of basketball operations Kevin McHale to make the move.

"We were at a point as a team where we were just treading water," McHale said. "The ups and downs, we just couldn't find any consistency."

Assistant coach Randy Wittman will take over as interim coach in a situation similar to 2005, when longtime coach Flip Saunders was fired in midseason and replaced by McHale.

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The New York Knicks could be without starting point guard Stephon Marbury tonight when they play host to the Phoenix Suns.

Marbury was unable to finish either of the last two games because of soreness in his left knee. He did little more than shoot at practice Tuesday.

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