Wolves push Blazers back, but too late

  • Article by: JERRY ZGODA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 6, 2013 - 3:10 AM

Hot-shooting Portland built a 22-point lead, then had to hang on after the shorthanded Wolves mounted a late charge.

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dave122793Jan. 6, 1312:56 AM

One of the worst officiated games I've ever seen. I have Zero respect for Aldridge now,he moves his pivot foot and travels literally Every time he touches the ball. Makes it a lot easier to score in the post when you can move your feet like a ballroom dancer.

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chucktraylorJan. 6, 1312:56 AM

A shame Pek went down. He was working on a 40-30 game. The fourth quarter reinforces the contention of many of us that the Wolves have some players who can win without Love. Cunningham is about to become something special. Williams, even though he sometimes has the attention span of a five-year old, especially on defense, shows that when he is focused he can contribute in a big way. Pek is as good as any center in the Western conference not named Tim Duncan. Fire Kahn. Trade Love and Ridnour for a 3 who could become prime time and a mobile big who can jump and has a brain (no Anthony Randolph-type "athletes." (The Spurs have some pieces, as do the Clippers and Grizzlies). Let Shved live through his growing pains. Actually, I think he has as much upside as Rubio. The fourth quarter tonight is why I watch the Wolves.

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jaybarJan. 6, 13 1:23 AM

Love being out for weeks, like last time it happened a few months ago, will be the best thing that can happen to the Wolves this season.

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oxboardJan. 6, 13 5:24 AM

They really really need a back up center, and better make a move soon. To bad the rally started to late, they did a good job late. Love's being gone probably for the season,might be a good thing. The team has the talent, just crap luck.

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mccovey69Jan. 6, 13 7:54 AM

I love this team because mostly they don't quit, and when they play well they are so much fun to watch. They still seem to like each other and their coach--that's good. I especially like it when Pek and Barea get going. Shved is a great addition. Cunningham is there to make a big play when you need him. I haven't given up on Love, so I still hope he can be integrated back into the team when he returns (ie, he doesn't try to do it all himself again). I don't expect much from Rubio this year--sigh. As one poster mentioned, we really do need better back-up at center. I like Stiemsma but he can't get the job done. It is hard for any human being to be "on" for every day at the job, and the same is true for BB players, but this team always wants to fight for a win, and so I stick with them through every game.

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brent2Jan. 6, 13 8:18 AM

Adelman lost this game by only playing D-Will 5 minutes in the first 3 quarters. The Barea-Hayward-Williams-Amundson-Steimsa lineup featured 3 guys that don't belong on the floor at all (let alone together), so of course they'll do bad. But he seemed to punish D-Will for it. Cunningham, AK, & D-will are your only 3 decent forwards now. They should EACH get 32 minutes (give or take) at the 3/4 positions, to keep them all fresh, keep Lou off the floor, and to give D-Will a chance. He's been playing very well lately in limited minutes.

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bhdanielsJan. 6, 13 9:28 AM

Time for our "forward corps" -- DWill, DC, and the ever reliable AK47 -- to play their best basketball and move this team forward. Hope Rubio gets up to speed soon. His first game back was magical but he's got a hard road ahead of him. Barea has been a revelation this year, now that he's healthy. And I sure hope big Pek is OK!

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t_stevensJan. 6, 13 9:40 AM

Minneapolis-Saint Paul: Cursed sports market.

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willowlandusJan. 6, 1310:37 AM

Derrick Williams HAS to be incorporated Fast & soon with more plays run for him. That alone I believe will take his confidence & attention span to another level. ChuckTrailer I sure would have voted on Your article but couldn't because mostly on the Ridnour throw in comment, I love this guy as a player but More so as a person :)

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snoozecruiseJan. 6, 1311:51 AM

brent2, amen and amen!

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