Return trip to Rose Garden is a lot less sunny for Wolves

  • Article by: JERRY ZGODA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 2, 2012 - 8:45 AM

Good health and a playoff push all appear to be long shots for the Wolves after the Trail Blazers rolled to victory.

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jpdelaireApr. 1, 1210:45 PM

It seems like they have thrown in the towel. Get everyone healthy and please Get a scoring 2 guard. Wait til next year!

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odannyboyApr. 1, 1211:01 PM

Totally agree. First game I've watched where it looked like nobody gave a dam. Everybody's given up for this season. Didn't see even half effort from anybody. Sorry I watched it, but it'll be the last one I'll watch til next season. If they don't care, I don't.

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slammanApr. 1, 1211:09 PM

No Center. Star player is out of position working overtime. One guard. The cupboards are bare. The tough times have made it clear, the Wolves need Pek, Rubio, Barea and Beasley, to be successful. Give Malcolm Lee more minutes to get ready for next year. Put Wes and Center and see if he can get tougher...or not.

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w1n5t0nApr. 2, 12 2:26 AM

I was with them until this game, but this was just too pitiful an effort. As they used to tell us in the old Pee Wee Leagues, if you don't try hard, you're not gonna win. So we'll see you next year. Let's see if something good comes out of the Twins in another week. I have my doubts there, too.

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manoliveApr. 2, 12 2:33 AM

KLove was invisible on defense. He very rarely had his arms raised at all while his opponent had free look after free look. The rest of the team was a half step behing all night. Portland had a wide open shot whenever they wanted it. On one drive to the basket, Love just stood underneath the rim and watched the opponent sail by for an easy layup, without even an attempt to disrupt it, let alone take a charge. This team has given up. 3-8 since Rubio went down. Nice playoff run, Sid.

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matthewJamesApr. 2, 12 6:23 AM

When people pay a huge price and time to watch a professional sporting event they should expecting nothing less than a good hard effort. If not, why ever follow a team. The cupboard is bare, but that doesn't mean that all those reserves don't give maximum effort. Come Adelman kick some butt.

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BCanniffApr. 2, 12 8:00 AM

So what is the story with Darko? Brad Miller plays like he is already retired. Randolph looks too weak to play center. WIthout Peck they are defenseless inside.

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manoliveApr. 2, 12 8:24 AM

Darko? He's in Adelman's doghouse.

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shadjcApr. 2, 12 8:36 AM

It has to be tough to 'get up' and 'stay up' for games when you're missing four of your top six players. Then again, you'd think some of our players would be thrilled at the opportunity to show their skills. At the end of the day, we don't stand a chance against anyone at tipoff in every game until we get some players back healthy. We are way, way, wayyyyyyyy over-matched right now. I feel bad for K-Love right now. He wants to win so badly, but he has to do way too much right now for that to even be close to a possibility. When does Adleman pull the plug and start saving wear-and-tear on K-Love? If we're not going to make the play-offs, I just as soon seen Kevin take a vacation until next year. I don't want to see another coach try to win a meaningless game and have our star player go down (ala Frazier gambling with AP and losing big time). I think it's a significant concern, especially with what the NBA refs are allowing opposing players to do to K-Love right now.

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Zekeman10Apr. 2, 12 9:07 AM

It has been a great year for the TPups, even though they won't make the playoffs. They have a legit coach and some players to build with for the future. Making the playoffs this year would have been a reach, but they will contend in the next few years. Another good player with their first round pick, some mended bodies in Pek and Ricky, some improvement by Williams, and maybe a trade for a solid shooter, and we got ourselves an NBA basketball team in the playoffs. Nothing ever moves too fast in the NBA - - you build over time to get to the place you want to be.

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