Wolves overcome by Thunder's star power

  • Article by: JERRY ZGODA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 23, 2013 - 2:18 AM

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook took charge, making Oklahoma City's three-game losing skid a mere memory.

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allstar69Feb. 22, 1310:00 PM

What's wrong with Adelman, how many times has he done the same thing? Benching the hot hand, today was Barea, he was hot and play great, and what does Adelman does? he bench him until the las 4er when is already to late to try to come from behind, specially when playing OKC. I dont really thing he is a good coach.

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snoozecruiseFeb. 22, 1310:34 PM

Adelman continues to exhibit what an incredibly inflexible coach he is. He overplays Ridnour, who can do nothing against the Thunder and underplays Shved. Shved, at the very least, should have started the 3rd quarter. Pek, who is quite limited against a team like this, would have likely gotten more scoring opportunities had Shved started, because Shved can take it all the way to the rim and dish or score. Ridnour was out of his element against the Thunder; he couldn't do anything, and he didn't do anything, yet he plays and plays and plays while Shved sits and sits and sits and the game gets further and further out of reach. And then we have Johnson sitting on the pine as well, when we could have definitely used his athleticism and hops against an incredibly athletic Thunder team. Finally, Adelman, when he gets up off the bench, stands there with a disgusted look on face. That's his MO. Try coaching, Rick. He has not figured out YET that he should start Shved and Rubio, our future backcourt. An incredibly overrated coach who has no flexiblity, no creativity, and no willingness to adjust his lineups.I am looking forward to his retirement, hopefully at the end of this season. Hire one of Pop's assistants.

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rp121293Feb. 23, 13 3:57 AM

This team needs to be completely reworked! Anyone who thinks Love and Chase will make much of a difference is crazy. We are all fooled on these players.

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oxboardFeb. 23, 13 5:35 AM

Everyone who had commented here so far are 100% correct. Adleman mind is not on basketball. Benching producers, not playing others. We have no answer for teams like the thunder, and Love won't make a difference there, our defense has sucked all season and has shown zero improvement I would like to see some minnesota sport reported as Adelman why he lets a guy like Johnson sit on his can on the bench. I know lets have Tubby coach a few games and Adelman coach the Gophers

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comment229Feb. 23, 13 6:31 AM

Wow... four posts... I think it is probably time to change the official slogan of this team to what the cubs always say.... "wait until next year."

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ljb6599Feb. 23, 13 7:12 AM

snoozecruise..."Adelman continues to exhibit what an incredibly inflexible coach he is"....again a reason he never has won a championship.He plays the same lineup and rotation no matter who the competition is.Chris Johnson on the floor for one minute...sad

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golffanaticFeb. 23, 13 7:38 AM

OKC has enjoyed an injury free season. Their top 7 players have missed a total of SIX games this season. I wonder what the results of the game would have been if the injury situation had been reversed. Durant was out and had played only 18 games (Love). Westbrook had missed the first 25 games coming back from ACL surgery (Rubio). Martin had only played the first six games before undergoing surgery (Buddinger).

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golffanaticFeb. 23, 13 7:41 AM

Allstar69. Adelman didn't bench Berea. Barea benched himself. He fouled out of the game!!

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matthewJamesFeb. 23, 1311:25 AM

That game looked like a scrimmage. Absolutely no defense. Westbrook took Rubio to school, why would you pay Rubio franchise money when he can't shoot and lacks defensive skills? To me he is a poor man's Pete Maravich.

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snoozecruiseFeb. 23, 13 2:48 PM

matthewJames, Rubio's one of the top five defenders in the league, and perhaps the best defender at the point in the league.

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