Heat schools weary Wolves

  • Article by: JERRY ZGODA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 19, 2012 - 6:23 AM

Reigning NBA champion Miami provided some lessons in physical play and pulled away late to handle the shorthanded visitors.

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krellcodaDec. 18, 12 9:11 PM

man, this team has a long way to go before they can be anywhere close to OKC. I noticed Love was so slow in getting back in transition defense whenever he missed his shots. He's just a one dimensional player. It's hopeless now.

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mallards61Dec. 18, 12 9:43 PM

I'm confused by the Love pouting deal. Of course, a 4 year contract for $15 million a year or whatever is a slap in the face right , but seriously? If this is what we're gonna get, move on.

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w1n5t0nDec. 18, 12 9:52 PM

Once again, the Wolves quit playing in the second half. I just don't understand it. Over and over this season, same second half story. All concentration evaporates for the last two quarters. Are they smoking pot at halftime? No? Then what's the excuse? Over and over. And over.

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william16Dec. 18, 12 9:59 PM

The Wolves are simply the Washington Generals to the likes of the Heat, Celtics, Spurs and Lakers--a regular season play toy for stronger opponents that can provide moments of amusement in quarters 1 to 3 but which ultimately is easily overwhelmed when the game is on the line.

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abemntocalDec. 18, 1210:16 PM

Miami turned up the defense and this game was over. At least now everyone may relax about how good Alexy is. The last two nights our starting shooting guard was a combined 2 for 15. And his defense suffers when he shoots poorly.

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snoozecruiseDec. 18, 1210:44 PM

I'm not quite sure what people are expecting, but it seems like some have expectations that are quite unreasonable. The Wolves just played the H-E-A-T, last year's championship team and the favorite to win the title again in June! Were you expecting them to win? Without Rubio? Of course the Wolves are nowhere near their caliber! However, playing against the elite can only help our individual players and the team as a whole improve. If we get the 8th playoff spot this year and are bounced out in three games, that will be the equivalent of being in the NBA finals. If you want an OKC or Heat caliber team become an OKC or Heat fan. Don't expect the Wolves to go from being among the three or four worst teams in the league to being among the three or four best! That's like expecting a kid to go from pre-school into fourth grade. The Heat were not laying it all out there; they were simply doing enough to win what for them was a pretty meaningless regular season game. If they had been serious, the game never would have been as close as it was. I am reasonably satisfied with where the Wolves are at in terms of their development and what they have shown thus far, ESPECIALLY given all the injuries and the fact that our best player, who makes everyone better and is the heart and soul of this team, is in the earliest stages of returning to the court. Our team is going to continue to progress, and I intend to enjoy watching how they evolve. If you're dissatisfied, try to recall last year and the year before.

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slammanDec. 18, 1210:54 PM

All I can say to the snoozecruise comment is "Yes, Yes, and H Yes!". Thanks for doing the work of educating the novices. The Wolves progression is no where near finished. When this team is clicking, I will definately come back and say "I told you so!" to all the doubters. Rubio needs at least 3 weeks to get comfortable running in the NBA. AP might be able to run for 2,000 yards after knee surgery, but most athletes need time to re-adjust. This Wolves team will make the play-offs and will win in the first round.

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slimtononeDec. 19, 12 1:50 AM

If the Heat were a zombie, the president would call in the A-Team, and then put Snooze and Slamman in charge of informing the public about the gruesome and tragic loss of Mr. T. They are right on: Tough to play tough basketball when you're getting eaten alive.

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joe_mnDec. 19, 12 8:58 AM

did miami play recently? why did they have energy? must be superhuman or something. they play hard and twolves are tired? omg.

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manoliveDec. 19, 12 9:03 AM

We saw what the wolves are capable of the first half. There will come a time when they sustain that for a whole game. We are not there yet. But we will get there, and when we do I will be watching. We can still beat up on lesser teams, and look forward to getting better and better and hopefully peaking at the playoffs. Go wolves!

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