Updated: May 2, 2003, 7:54 AM ET
Minnesota Timberwolves: Kevin Garnett just wants everyone to know that Minnesota lost a game last night. Not a series."We've got all the confidence in the world," he said to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "We won in Staples [Center] before. I hope they don't think this is over because we're coming." Teammate Wally Szczerbiak agreed. "They're pretty good," he said of the Lakers. "If you don't play well, anybody can beat you. We just have to take this butt-kicking and bounce back. We have to forget about it. We're not dead in the water. Everybody probably will count us out, but we believe in this locker room." Milwaukee Bucks: Sam Cassell wants everyone to know that Milwaukee feels the same way about their series with New Jersey. "I plan on coming back," he said in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "We understand what we have to do. It's nothing drastic. We missed a load of opportunities, myself included. We were down one and we brought the ball up and I missed a jumper. Shots we don't miss went out for us. We had opportunities." He wasn't done yet. "We've been here before and now we're going home," said Cassell. "It will be a heck of a game but they have the advantage. They need one to close it out, but all my years of playing this game, the hardest thing to do is to close out a series. We didn't lose and confidence. We're fine. We've been here before so we welcome the challenge." Detroit Pistons: Ben Wallace, on the other hand, isn't so sure about his team. "I'm not going to get into who," Wallace said in the Detroit Free Press about chastising teammates who may have given up already in their series with Orlando. "There are some sensitive ears around here. I kept to myself and tried not to get involved with a lot of people. I know my emotions were running high. I probably wasn't one of the nicest guys you wanted to be around at the time. That's the way I was feeling. There's nothing scripted about the way I feel or the things I do on the floor. It's just me. I'm definitely still a great father and husband, but when you come to work that's something different. That's the place where you can relieve your stress and tension and throw the ball up against the wall. But I'm still a nice person."
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