Minnesota Timberwolves defeat Dallas Mavericks, 117-108

DALLAS - Timberwolves coach Kurt Rambis used a rare four-day break in the middle of the season to take his team to Dallas two days early in an unsuccessful search for sun and warmth.

Wolves boss David Kahn used those four days for a whirlwind two-city European tour in which he scouted prospects Ricky Rubio and Nikola Pekovic.

Kahn watched Rubio's Regal Barcelona lose for the first time in 12 Euroleague games Wednesday night in Belgrade, Serbia, and watched Pekovic's ...

DALLAS — Timberwolves coach Kurt Rambis met with his players last week after they had been mostly thumped in successive road losses at Milwaukee, New York and Cleveland and declared the 9-38 season start long behind them and a complete fresh start ahead of them.

After Friday's 117-108 victory at Dallas -- producing the team's first three-game winning streak of the season -- this question remains:

Why didn't he do that in December?

"Why didn't we do that in Novembe...