Wolves kill their own buzz in loss to lowly Cavs

  • Article by: JERRY ZGODA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 7, 2012 - 8:29 AM

Listless play from a team unfamiliar with the notion of high expectations riled fans, and Michael Beasley was injured to boot.

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srstormguyJan. 6, 12 9:42 PM

I take back all the positive misguided comments I have made about this team since Christmas. The last two games have been pathetic and this team looks just as inept as last year's. Whatever they gained in their two game win streak was obviously an aberration. The team that lost to the Cavs tonight is most likely the team we are going to see most often this season and not the team that beat the Mavs and Spurs. Our NBA, NFL, and MLB teams must have the worst combined winning percentage in a major market... and people wonder why fans act like they have been burned before. The way the Wolves played tonight is exactly how the Vikings and Twins played most of their games this year. Watch Adelman march out the same starting five again the next game....

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rp121293Jan. 6, 12 9:50 PM

I am so tired of getting sucked in only to receive the same garbage. I have been a follower of NBA basketball for over 40+ years and I don't remember a player with an avg of 25+ and 15+ rebonds on a team this bad!!!!!!!!!!! How is that possible? This is the worst combined run for Minnesota sports ever!! I don't see how this team will beat anyone!!! They stink with a capitol "S". Kevin Love find a different team we don't deserve you. I am so tired!!!!!!!!

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holdsteady76Jan. 6, 12 9:51 PM

Wolves will be fine. Exactly what people should expect from a young team and new coach. No one had expectations that they were going to take the NBA by storm right out of the gate. Most reasonable people are looking down the road. Adelman is signed on for five years. Kevin Love is about to get paid, Barea, Rubio, and Williams are good starting blocks. A legit center and an a legit shooting gaurd and a couple years under Adelman and this team will be relevant. For now ... again ... just what you'd expect from a young team ... up and down. Took OKC and MIA to the wire, beat Dallas and then the Spurs ... and then lost to 2 bad teams in MIL and CLE. The team has shown both promise and inexperience ... exactly what should have been expected.

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holdsteady76Jan. 6, 1210:10 PM

I know our pick is forfeit to the Clippers this year, but do we have a first rounder coming from the Jazz still from AJ?

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ljb6599Jan. 6, 1210:16 PM

Very discouraged after watching tonight's game.Not much else to say.

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minfan2Jan. 6, 1210:22 PM

barea will make a difference.. the excuse that we are a "young team" has worn mighty thin. We cant stay forever young, year after year. The problem is, all the players we got for a little have lived up to their MOs' Darko can defend a bit, but has little offensive touch. Randle is "long and athletic",but can he play bball?? There is a good reason All Riley could get for Beasley was 2 2nd choices, and he is another "long athelectic guy" that has lots of can do, but rarely does. We keep hoping for break throughs and evey now and then we get a glimpse of what could be. But the Young Label needs to dissapear. Cant hang on that forever.

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belascoJan. 6, 1210:29 PM

I'm not worried at all, and here's why: On a championship-caliber team, Ridnour would play about 10 minutes, at best. Unfortunately, JJ Barea has been hindered with a hamstring injury, and our guard play has necessarily suffered. Very soon, Barea/Rubio can play 80% of all guard minutes, and Ridnour will play sparingly. Hopefully, Martell Webster and Malcolm Lee will become available for minutes at #2, and no one will even consider playing idiots like Ellington at #2.

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panzoonJan. 6, 1210:31 PM

No energy no ball movement and that's what you get. Beasley has been terrible so far he cant make a shot, fortunately his injury will free a spot for Derrick Williams. Time to change the starting line up I guess, our starters have not been able to settle a rythm in our games because of their inability to make shots (even open shots for Wes).

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dwinkyJan. 6, 1210:41 PM

If K Love is smart. He will look long and hard on staying or going. Beasley not a building block. Darko not Mana from Heaven. Like Williams and Rubio.. Nothing else excites me.

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justin1978Jan. 6, 1210:44 PM

The Wolves really missed JJ Barea and Martell Webster tonight. Beasley and Wes Johnson look afraid to shoot the ball, they have lost their confidence in their shot. It will come back, but we can't afford Wes to be horrible when JJ and Martell are out. I saw someone write about Utah's pick belonging to Minnesota this year. It will be the Wolves pick if Utah makes the playoffs this season, can't count on that. If Utah is in the lottery, it has protection for 2012-13 as well, I think top 12 next year.

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