Wolves' rally fizzles at finish

  • Article by: JERRY ZGODA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 30, 2012 - 6:34 AM

The Wolves came back from 18 down to take a late lead, only to fall to Kobe Bryant and the Lakers again.

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ljb6599Jan. 29, 12 8:50 PM

Horrible shooting tonight.So many open shots missed. I think Wes is now shooting 25 % for the season.38% is not going to beat the Lakers even though they are not that good of a team this year. The Wolves were quite fortunate to be in the game at the end.Beasley I thought played well tonight 18/12/3 (+8).I am sure someone will still find something negative about him. Love played well as usual as well and Randolph.Webster had moments but missed way too many shots.Rubio sparked a good comeback but he himself is shooting quite poorly as of late.

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steavis61067Jan. 29, 12 9:31 PM

May have lost and at times played ugly, but still a more entertaining product on the court. I actually have hope.

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srstormguyJan. 29, 12 9:44 PM

This is not a good Lakers team ... coming to Target Center with a 1-7 road record and having lost to the Milwaukee Bucks last night... this was their best chance to beat the Lakers in many years. Of course to no one's surprise... we lost ... again. Definitely more entertaining to watch, but still a very mediocre team at best. At one point they were 1-16 outside the lane in the first half. Horrible is not a strong enough word for that kind of shooting. This team needs better shooters and it's obvious that they are not on the team.

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acoustic470Jan. 29, 12 9:44 PM

We're going to get over that .500 hump. As the season wears on and the teams with older (star) players will start to fade with the condensed schedule. I believe the teams with the younger and fresher legs will ultimately prevail.

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LeftydJan. 29, 12 9:48 PM

They started off too slowly. Nice comeback, but the Wolves aren't going to win many games having to comeback from 18 points down midway in the 3rd quarter. They did comeback...but they ran out of gas, expending too much energy having to make such a big comeback. It's a process...they are working Beasley back into the lineup. Webster and Miller are just getting back in action. Also, no Darko...missed his size....and no Barea. When the Wolves get this roster in tact, acclimated with each other and Adelman's system...LOOK OUT!

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LeftydJan. 29, 12 9:48 PM

...another GOOD showing from Pekovic! There is some home in the middle for the first time in franchise history.

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odannyboyJan. 29, 12 9:50 PM

Let us quote Kevin Love: "We continue to get better down the stretch of games, the second halves of games. God forbid we come out and start the game well."

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snoozecruiseJan. 29, 12 9:59 PM

Nice to see Beasely's good play. I suspect that Adelman will soon start him, which will hopefully help the Wolves get off to a better offensive start. Can't imagine why he would continue to start Johnson, though I like the fact that Wes is taking the rock to the rim more often than in the past. Miller has nothing to offer on the floor at this stage of his career, especially given the injury he is coming off of and the rust from being out so long, though he is a good mentor and locker room presence. Between Darko, Pek, and Randolph, they can handle the center position. I hope the Wolves can provide the Rockets with a little payback tomorrow night. Overall, I am more than satisfied with the progress the Wolves have made to date; the best is yet to come.

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Daniel888Jan. 29, 12 9:59 PM

I thought they should have had KLove outside instead of inside for the last 2 minutes. Either Gasol would have let him go, or Love would have taken him with him. KLove is the clutch shooter for the team right now, not Rubio, Webster or Beasley, although, they played good games, they should have had Love outside to nail some 3's. The good thing this year is I am actually disappointed that they lost to the Lakers. Another key in the loss, Kobe was actually hitting his shots tonight, he has been struggling of late. Would love to see the Wolves pry Gasol out of Laker land...not sure who they could entice the Lakers with for a trade though.

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brumski1Jan. 29, 1210:04 PM

Yes, they lost but quite a change from last year where Kobe didn't play and the Lakers didn't try.

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