Wolves fade late, done in by 'Baby'

  • Article by: JERRY ZGODA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 18, 2012 - 7:36 AM

Orlando overcame a 15-point third-quarter deficit by getting its running game going, thanks in large part to 290-pound Glen Davis.

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wisstinks4Dec. 17, 12 8:52 PM

WTH, where did you go in the second half, you had the game won!! I can't believe the Wolves dropped this game, they were taking it to Orlando, definitely the better team. Very odd.

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15octoberDec. 17, 12 9:23 PM

People have been bragging about this coach. When things start heading in the wrong direction, he is clueless.

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riverbirchDec. 17, 12 9:40 PM

No way they should have lost this game. Going into Miami this was a must win. POOR D IN THE MIDDLE. No excuse the T's are the better team.

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krellcodaDec. 17, 1210:09 PM

This team is soft. They play no defense and when their jump shots are not falling, they look very ordinary. Rubio needs to learn how to make shots. Even my 5 year old can shoot better than him.

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odannyboyDec. 17, 1210:11 PM

This is what, the fourth or fifth or sixth game of the recent weeks where the Wolves have had a considerable lead at halftime, only to lose the game by falling completely apart in the second half. Tonight was not an isolated occurrence. Something is wrong.

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abemntocalDec. 17, 1210:44 PM

Very tough to win when your guards, other than Luke, shoot 5 for 24. Thought I read that Ricky had worked on that shot. Needs more work.

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slimtononeDec. 17, 1210:59 PM

To qualify: I get a HUGE charge out of this team. Yeah, K-Love, you ARE injured, but I find it remarkable that you can shoot 20 TIMES, snatch 15 rebounds and not connect on a single assist. Again. Dude, do you realize how often the ball is in your hands? The four other guys with similar uniforms? They're your TEAMMATES, not fans. And it's a hybrid of the PRINCETON OFFENSE, not the Planet Lovetron Offense. Darryl Dawkins sent that back into space. So yes, Kevin, you still need to round out your amazing game. And could we trade the whining for consistent defense, please? Also Mr Pek, sir: With all due respect, you're as big as SASQUATCH. You're awesome, but look DOWN from Mount Uni-brow and you may find a guy on the perimeter once in awhile. Maybe Adelman will buy beef sticks for you. Or a big bag of field corn. Whatever. Just let him know that's what you'd like. And don't bite the hand that feeds you. Rick, Jerry Zgoda and Reusse are the only guys between you and the people with the torches and pitchforks. Everyone else is afraid. Except for JJ, but he has superpowers and married a supermodel.

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snoozecruiseDec. 17, 1211:22 PM

Way too early to criticize Rubio's shot. Anyone who's played and been out for a while, much less a long time, knows that the ball is gonna hit the rim and not go in more often than not when first coming back. I rarely say this word, much less practice it, so I'll say it here and invite others to practice with me: PATIENCE. Getting his timing back is going to take time, and a whole lot more playing time than 30 minutes! Personally, I think Rubio came out a bit cocky and tried to be a bit flashy and got duely humbled. A perfect counterbalance to and learning opportunity after last Saturday's cloud nine experience. Welcome back to the NBA, Ricky! He will adjust and the team will gell. Time, playing time, and patience.

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slammanDec. 17, 1211:36 PM

Well said. Patience. This team has done better than most people expected so far this season. Anyone remember the last two years? They have players this season. They have guys that know how to play basketball. All teams have ups and downs during the season. The Wolves had ups and downs in this game that cost them the victory. It's going to take Rubio at least 3 weeks, or longer, to get back to pace. Remember Big Al coming back from his surgery. It took him half the season before he looked like himself on the court. Thankfully, this team is deep and has role players. They are still trying to get healthy. I'm glad the Coach was not happy with the collapse in the second half. I hope the team got the message. You cannot let down against any team in this league.

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snoozecruiseDec. 17, 1211:51 PM

slimtonone, I got a charge out of your comments. Not sure I understand the torches and pitchforks stuff, but you DID inspire me to google Mrs. JJ Barea. Forgot what she looked like; hope she has a nice personality too--for JJ's sake. As a Love critic, I didn't think he played bad tonight or held the ball too long. He isn't in top shape, and to perform at this level all cyclinders have to be firing. Regarding his lack of assists, his teammates have to hit their shots for him to get an assist. I saw him as willing passer, especially early in the game, and I believe that he is committed to playing team ball. Again, our squad needs time to play together as well as some health. They should be in the playoff hunt, but I think next season will be the one in which they make some serious noise. This is the season for learning, and they ARE learning. They will have numerous opportunities to learn from and through mistakes. Like you, I enjoy the team and hope they can capture the eighth seed. One final comment: Orlando is NOT who we thought they were; they are much better. Hopefully the fellas learned their lesson and will be better prepared to go the distance next time they face them.

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