Love returns, but Wolves fall 101-94 to Denver

  • Article by: KENT YOUNGBLOOD , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 22, 2012 - 8:56 AM

The Wolves got a boost from Kevin Love's surprise return from a broken hand, but a second-half slowdown cost them in the end.

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manoliveNov. 21, 1210:52 PM

There seemed to be much less ball movement in the second half. Instead of making the extra pass, players were settling for jumpers too easily. It just didn't look like the same team out there. I applaud Loves aggressiveness in the first half, but there needs to be a little more ball movement and get everyone involved. AK47 was a ghost out there, and lost the handle a few times when he did get involved, trying to force the ball inside instead of keeping it moving to the open man. It will take a few games to get everyone in sync, but judging by the first half, this team will be successful if they just buy into Adelmans system and keep the ball moving.

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manoliveNov. 21, 1211:51 PM

Defense deserted the Wolves in the second half and it seemed to get awfully crowded in the paint. The refs just let them play, and missed a number of calls. The Wolves were getting out hustled inside, and they started relying on jump shots. Faried is a bundle of energy, and the Wolves had no answer for him. They need to space the floor, move the ball, hit some jump shots, and attack the paint. We'll be fine once Love gets accustomed to playing with everyone. But their defense was lacking tonight. The first time Faried got the ball, Love was "guarding" him. Faried did a quick turn around and already there was 5 feet of space between him and Love. Then he went up for a jumper and Kevin was a spectator, not even bothering to raise his arms or run at Faried or contest the shot in any way. It was the "hope you miss" defense. The result was a swish. It looked like the Love defense of old, and I hope it was an anomaly.I'm sure Rick will be quick to remind them that defense and team play is what wins games. In the second half, both were lacking.

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krellcodaNov. 21, 1211:59 PM

This team is hopeless. They'll be even worse when Rubio returns. Time to play for draft #1 draft pick.

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wisstinks4Nov. 22, 1212:32 AM

I dont like this kind of team basketball. KLove is the black hole, the ball goes to him and he always shoots, he needs to be a passer or play maker. The team was better off when you were hurt. dog gone it!! Sick of losing. Now we're back to a .500 team. c'mon man!!!

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snoozecruiseNov. 22, 12 1:00 AM

The whiner and black hole is back. Yes, he was making shots in the first half, but no one else got their offensive game established because everyone was deferring to the "superstar." It was fun watching the Wolves while Love was out, because no one made a spectacle of themselves with the refs, much less with other players. Love gets away with more than is done unto him and then cries like a newborn. Kosta's (sp?) attempted block on Love's breakaway was a clean play; he went for the ball, but Love being Love couldn't handle it. I guess he thought being a superstar and all he should have just been given the dunk. Sadly, it appears that Love runs the team rather than Adelman. In truth, it's Rubio's team, but he is coachable and makes all of his teammates better.

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manoliveNov. 22, 12 1:41 AM

Love was hacked by Kosta and didn't get the call. It was like that all night, as the refs were clearly missing a lot and just letting them play. One thing that disturbed me was the sideline interview with Love at halftime, when Love said he texted his mom to get his dads advice, and his dad said to just "let er fly", so that's what he did that first half. He shot 9-16 in the first half, but that's not the way Rick teaches to play the game. Kevin, next time you need some advice, seek out your coach, not your dad. Concentrate on smothering defense and sharing the ball and making your teammates better by getting everyone involved and everything will be alright. Defense wins games.

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manoliveNov. 22, 12 2:00 AM

I watched the Koufous play again several times. Here's what happened. Koufous clearly hit the ball first, then hit Love's wrist, then hit Love's arm, and bodied him a little on the way down. Love then grabbed Koufous' arm and dragged him out of bounds, and pushed him until he tripped over a cameraman. Love was lucky a foul wasn't called on him. Love then proceeded to plead for a foul from 2 different refs, and looked like a poor sport. It was a good play by Koufous, and a bad one by Love. A foul could have been called on Koufous, but I'm not surprised it wasn't. Next time go up hard and dunk that ball, Kevin.

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rp121293Nov. 22, 12 5:03 AM

Gotta give it time, Denver is a top 4 team in western conference. After four days off they looked tired. Think they may have over done it in the first half, left nothing for the second half. Seems to happen a lot in the NBA, team gets there star back but struggles for awhile. Can't really argue with some of the Love comments, he needs to pass more and play better defense. I am sure he will. Love the Wolves win or lose.

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dirtydogsNov. 22, 12 5:34 AM

How did first round 2nd overall draft pick Williams do? Kahn = waste of draft picks

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minfan2Nov. 22, 12 5:52 AM

Lawson, Kofus, Brewer.. your welcome Denver,.. Regards Mr. Khan

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