Clippers win back and forth battle with Wolves at Target Center

  • Article by: KENT YOUNGBLOOD , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 21, 2013 - 12:28 AM

After a game of runs and counter-runs, Chris Paul dominated the Wolves at the end.

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jmc2007Nov. 20, 13 9:56 PM

Blah. Excitement for this team is dwindling; it shows in our mediocre athleticism and inability to create shots. No one on our team can take over a game. Chris Paul showed how easy that was. Love was outplayed. Rubio is not a scorer = not normal in this league where top pointguards score 20 and assist 10. That difference is a primary reason we will have to fight for 8th place in the West.

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wolves1Nov. 20, 13 9:56 PM

Early in the season, but many disturbing and disappointing trends continue! Love with an off night and again no solid bench play leaves this team reeling and looking again no better than a .500 club! Playoffs again will be a distant dream!

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roberth999Nov. 20, 1310:09 PM

Back and Forth Battle? What game were you watching? Wolves played from behind the whole game. AS I SAID YESTERDAY, "THE COACHING IS HORRIBLE" Until a coach comes in without a personal vendetta and plays players and not attitudes he doesn't like...Well, Wolves lose. Unless of course a coach with a 60-100 record for the Wolves and a WC Championship in 1991 is the coach you love! LOL!

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snoozecruise1Nov. 20, 1310:10 PM

I am baffled as to why Rubio doesn't put more arc on the ball. He doesn't need Jamal Crawford-type arc, but somewhere between Jamal's and his current flat shot would likely serve him well. He has little chance of being effective on his drives to the basket if he can't hit a jumper. Defensively, I think he needs to devote himself to playing his own man more effectively and play less help-defense. Chris Paul toyed with Rubio, and while Rubio was trying his hardest, Paul was cruising along at about 80 percent of his potential until the fourth quarter when on a few plays he bumped it up to 90 percent.

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msimsiNov. 20, 1310:14 PM

Talk about disturbing trends 1 win and 5 losses in close games (5 points or fewer). And it doesn't seem to matter if the opponent is good or bad, they blow close games. Their comebacks fall short, back and forth games end up forth, they blow big leads.

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jmc2007Nov. 20, 1310:21 PM

Athleticism; who has it on our team? D Williams maybe? - but he's not a starter. We are undersized and over leaped quite often; watch when we play OKC, Golden State, or Clippers. These guys are athletes who actually look like they work out in the gym. How is Rubio ever going to guard a Westbrook, Curry or Rose?! I don't like how we have a habit of flopping so much for free throws; even Pek does it ALL the time.. and that's how Love gets to the line so much. I wish we showed more athleticism and talent instead.

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roberth999Nov. 20, 1310:22 PM

Msimsi- Wolves were behind the whole game so it's not a close game they blew.

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slammanNov. 20, 1310:24 PM

These last two games are a reality check for Wolves fans; they are not quite good enough. Two things stand out, the lack of a solid bench and Rubio's non-existent offense. Having Turiaf and Budinger back will help but not sure this team has the guts to win the fourth quarter battles that decide most games in the NBA. Time will tell.

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snoozecruise1Nov. 20, 1310:29 PM

jmc2007, Dieng has extraordinary athleticism, but the coach won't play him. HE would get back on defense and stop at least a couple of the fast breaks.

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nativesonzzNov. 20, 1310:33 PM

Was at the game. Sat on the baseline and saw J.J. Barea lose it mentally on Ryan Hollins on an easy inbounds play early in the 4th quarter that energized the Clippers. There were many "mental lapses" by everyone on the team tonight. It was an ugly game besides Chris Paul owning the 4th quarter. I still haven't figured out Adelmans substitution process...but our poor shooting is our biggest weakness. Martin and Love are the only real outside threats.

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