Same old story: Wolves 'couldn't get through' in Portland

  • Article by: JERRY ZGODA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 3, 2013 - 7:43 AM

Nikola Pekovic joined the too-long list of injured starters as Minnesota scrambles to persevere and lost another game on the road.

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justin1978Mar. 3, 13 2:22 AM

How many guys on the Wolves roster have ever played more than 100 career games together? How many guys on the roster had played a game for the Wolves pre lockout? It was just 15 months ago. Love, Ridnour, Pek were the only ones who had played a game for Minny pre lockout. It's more than injuries to overcome. Love has been here the longest and he isn't even 25 yet.

oxboardMar. 3, 13 4:35 AM

My goodness Adelman talks about all "nine" have to play, and he plays seven most of the night. how can you not play a center, when the other team is grabbing every rebound, Adelman isn't doing his part to give the team a chance.

wisstinks4Mar. 3, 13 8:09 AM

I thought this team was going to be deep and weather injuries to key players, now we are hearing woe is me. I'm sick of it, its been 25 yrs of total futility, horrible draft picks, bad management (this could be a case study in the MBA program @UST) and even worse leadership on the floor. c'mon when the flipping fans get a break. Just play hard and win your stinking home games. I dont care if yo lose on the road, protect the home fires. now, go do something.

snoozecruiseMar. 3, 1311:08 AM

I am beginning to think that after another summer of hard work, especially with improved ball handling skills, Williams could play the three. He is relaxing, letting the game come to him, and mixing up his offensive game. Against the big guys inside, I think he's in a bit of trouble defensively, but against smaller threes I wonder if he could hold his own, maybe even dominate some of the them. This is his first full season, and what he has shown this season is encouraging. Curious what others think.

snoozecruiseMar. 3, 1311:14 AM

Shved is finding out that he needs to get a lot stronger during the off season in order to keep his legs and make his shots. He has had a wonderful introduction to the NBA, and I believe he is our answer at the two. I like the nucleus of Rubio, Shved, Williams, and Love. I'm not as sold on Pek as some, simply because no one is afraid of taking it to the rack when he is on the court. Maybe the Steamer should play more, especially if he would learn to play smarter. He tries for too many blocks when simply altering the shot has the same effect.

johnniecakeMar. 3, 1311:15 AM

This could be a BLESSING in disguize. Williams is improving dailey, Rubio is getting in shape, Pek is getting another year of experience as well as Kerlinko. NOW IF THE WHOLE TEAM WOULD PRACTICE ALL SUMMER LEARNING HOW TO SHOOT A BASKETBALL. They then will start winnings more games than they will lose next year.

matthewJamesMar. 3, 1312:40 PM

Adelman is not the problem here. No one could coach this bunch and have a winning record, We need at least 3 very good NBA players and in this line up we don't have any. We are barely competitive when we are totally healthy. Please bring in some more talent, not has been like Roy.

ljb6599Mar. 3, 13 3:27 PM

Snoozercruise...I am not convinced that Williams can play the three.I see him as rather slow and is not that good at creating his own shot.He has only fair defensive skills. He has been playing better but to me he remains a PF.When Love returns he will return to his back up role.In the long run he could be an effective starter at PF but I am not sure it would be with Wolves unless Love is traded or leaves via free agency.

bhdanielsMar. 3, 13 6:08 PM

Seeing Ricky Rubio's face near the end of the Portland game darn near broke my heart. I called at the TV screen, "Ricky, change this face. Be happy. Enjoy!" Give Rubio tons of credit for staying cheerful, upbeat and energetic on the floor almost all the time. He's a great role model, does some phenomenal things with the basketball, and is steadily improving. Now, if we can get a healthy team on the floor some time this century. Please tell me that there's no way this horrible "injury bug" can strike again next year. I want to go to the Playoffs in 2014.

frnorthMar. 3, 1311:19 PM

I wonder how much Mayo is going to cost next year on the FA market? Shved is at least a full year away from being an NBA starter at the 2. I think my dog weighs more than he does. I hope Williams keeps playing well. I think a lot of it has to do with Rubio though. The Dean Garret effect if you will, Marbury made that guy look awesome. Whatever the case we have got to do whatever it takes to get a legitimate 2 guard in the starting rotation next season and that player is not on this current roster injured or otherwise..

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