Wolves become road scholars

  • Article by: KENT YOUNGBLOOD , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 12, 2012 - 12:04 AM

The Wolves bemoan the timing but must make hay on this exodus

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slammanMar. 11, 1210:00 PM

They better respond better than they did Saturday night. This team has been a good road team so far. They can't make any excuses for themselves. All teams in the NBA this season have challenging road trips. It's part of the whole deal. Either they earn themselves a part in the play-offs this year or they don't. We will find out who is going to step up for this team and who is going to wimp out and make excuses. JJ better find a way to stay healthy, he has been continually injured this season. Big disappointment so far. Here is his chance, and others, to step up and show us what they've got.

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earthandskyMar. 11, 1210:25 PM

The Rubio loss will hurt, but they'll still be alright depending on which JJ Barea shows up. If it's the out of control, force it up, turnover guy, the Timberwolves will be done shortly. If it's the explosive, good decision making Barea the Wolves will be able to contend. The problem is I've seen each of them every game and he needs to focus and not try to do too much when he's on the floor and let the game come to him. I imagine Beasley will be shipped out and we'll get another guy in here that can play the point, but anybody wanting Beasley would have to be a contender, and I don't think too many contenders are three deep at point guard. Ridnour is going to have to be on the floor A LOT if the Wolves are going to contend.

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snoozecruiseMar. 11, 1210:42 PM

I don't think we can count on JJ because of his ankle, not because he's lacks ability. Very hard to play hurt at this level, especially for a player of his size who relies heavily on quickness and explosiveness. It sounds like the Wolves are preparing their following for some bad basketball by all their talk of a tough road trip, etc., etc. The baskets are ten feet high wherever you go, but it doesn't sound like they have the toughness or desire to show that they can play without Rubio. Hope I'm wrong, but that's what it sounds like to me.

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rmcintyr2003Mar. 11, 1210:50 PM

Time to develop Malcom Lee. Mix him in 5-10 minutes a game. Push him...support him...encourage him. Luke will need the breather...and we need ball handlers on the floor.

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MuddyOasisMar. 12, 12 8:42 AM

Lee will be nice eventually. I don't know if its this year or not but his defense will earn him time on the floor. It looks like he really puts in effort on that end. Which is my kind of player.

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jnthieleMar. 12, 1211:16 AM

It's going to be extremely difficult for them to be .500 on this road trip. lol Speaking mathematically, of course. But if they come home 3-4 they will still have some life left. Anything less than that you can put a fork in them.

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jmndodgeMar. 12, 1211:32 AM

The Beasley trade becomes more important. It might be time to build for next year. Beasley Darko AT and Martel, go for a proven 2 with a jump shot, and accept draft choices in the future. Play Lee (so we know if he is part of the future - he looks a good possibility) Move D-Will to SF, Wes to SG, give them both big minutes, play Wayne, use 3 pg's at times, and give AR some playing time. If he can get beyond the bonehead mistakes with some regular playing schedule he could be something special. Ride Kevin, Pek, and Dwill on the floor together, and play them big minutes. Ricky will be back, let's have an skilled team ready for those rim shot passes. If we can make the playoffs well and fine, but get this team ready for 2013.

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riverrat76Mar. 12, 1211:55 AM

I can think of 2 things wrong with that headline

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bhdanielsMar. 12, 1212:15 PM

Saturday was clearly the result of the emotional punch to the gut the night before. But it sounds to me like our Wolves are showing their grit and character as they talk about the upcoming challenge and their intention to meet the challenge head-on. Now, team, make the most of your opportunity and stay focused and disciplined. It will take every ounce of everything they've learned this year -- plus a lot of luck and maybe a miracle or two -- but the playoffs are within reach! How many fans even dared hope that playoffs could be a possibility this season. This year has been great thus far. Rest up and get better, Ricky! Keep your spirits high. Next year is gonna be amazing.

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MuddyOasisMar. 12, 1212:18 PM

Kind of annoying that people don't realize that "proven shooting guards" are a rare thing in this league. Outside of Kobe and Wade pretty much everyone is too old (Ray Allen) or too expensive (Ray Allen again, Eric Gordon), then the rest (Martin, Ellis, Mayo) are severely overrated. While the rational less expensive solutions (Thabo Sefolosha, Courtney Lee, Jodie Meeks) are never mentioned because their names aren't familiar or at the top of the PPG rankings for SGs.

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