Illness leaves a few more holes on already thin Wolves roster

  • Article by: JERRY ZGODA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 17, 2013 - 7:01 AM

Assistant coaches subbed for two ailing starters on a depleted team. Extended minutes also appear to be taking a toll.

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mtsilly3Jan. 17, 1312:28 AM

Goodness....This has just been a disaster so far and is almost becoming a lost season

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hame0058Jan. 17, 13 6:17 AM

Cursed.

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Jakein08Jan. 17, 13 6:40 AM

The Wolves are the unluckiest team in the NBA. Keep fighting guys.....

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MuddyOasisJan. 17, 13 8:28 AM

A disaster would be something like the previous 2 seasons. This year is far from that.

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stcguyJan. 17, 13 9:09 AM

After tonight's 5th consecutive double digit loss and looking less and less competitive as we move through the season ... it's hard to find many positives in regard to the team. The season isn't almost lost .. it is lost. The only thing left is to try and develop the younger players for the season that starts this fall... no wondering if this season is salvageable... that ship sailed long ago.

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hjlazniJan. 17, 13 9:29 AM

You will know Rubio is ready to return full time when the smile returns. It is not yet there. Start playing Williams and Cunningham each 24 minutes. Play Barea 32 minutes at shooting guard with Shved and Rubio each playing 24 minutes at the point.

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lizardbrainJan. 17, 13 9:29 AM

Hopefully D Williams can quit acting like he is a freshman that was just called up to the varsity team and step up big time. He has shown glimpses of greatness, we just need him to step it up the confidence level and take over!

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justin1978Jan. 17, 13 9:41 AM

As bad as the Wolves looked on the road trip, you have to remember that they played some tough teams. The Spurs are 17-2 at home and the Thunder are 19-3 at home (best 2 home records in the NBA). Most teams lose at those places. Even the Hornets have won 6 of 7 and are 6-2 w/Eric Gordon in the lineup. They just put together double digit wins at Philly and Boston. The Mavericks loss was also the second of a back to back, which are never easy in the NBA no matter who you play. The Mavs are even in the middle of a 4 game winning streak. I think it's just a little crazy to think that the Wolves are done after that brutal road trip. It does look like Cunningham and Shved are wearing down with extended minutes. Shved is only shooting 32% from the field in the past couple weeks and Cunningham is only shooting 37.8% over the last 2 weeks. Throw in Rubio's bad shooting and you have a real problem with shot making. Even JJ and Ridnour are under 43% over that stretch. Problem is, the Wolves have few options with all the injuries. I am guessing some of these shots will start falling and the Wolves will start winning some games again. Lets just hope it happens sooner rather than later.

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justin1978Jan. 17, 1310:03 AM

I also think it's time to play Derrick Williams over 30 minutes a game with Love out, it's not like Cunningham has been tearing it up. They need D-Will's ability to put up 20 points in a game once in a while. If he gets 35 minutes a game, he will score over 15 points a game. The way he has been playing, he deserves a shot with everyone else besides Pek struggling with their shot. I have thought Cunningham has played good this year, but he has not filled the hole that Love left when he got hurt. Dante has only attempted 13 free throws in his last 16 games (Wes Johnson territory). If his shot ain't falling, he ain't scoring unless it's a wide open layup or dunk. He has only scored in double figures 6 times in those 16 games with a high of 12, that's right, 12. It puts a lot of pressure on AK, Luke and Shved who are not primary scorers or should not be primary scorers.

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snoozecruiseJan. 17, 1310:17 AM

Regarding Rubio, I hope the Wolves have enough sense to NOT let him play more than thirty minutes per game the rest of the season. We are obviously not playoff-bound, so let's not risk injuring the hub of this franchise. I'm glad that he has the desire to play and that he's competitive to the max; at this point, however, he may have to learn the ever-challenging arts of patience and prudence.

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