Wolves fall flat vs. Bryant-less Lakers

  • Article by: JERRY ZGODA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 21, 2013 - 6:59 AM

They fell behind early, then fell apart down the stretch in Los Angeles.

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slammanDec. 21, 1312:20 AM

Please trade or sit J.J. He is a one man wrecking crew. Trade him for Luke and lets get on with this. Sick or not, Rubio better get his game together. How many lay-ups has he missed this year? This team is all about taking three steps forward and then two steps back. They would have been better off playing the Lakers with Kobe. Without Kobe, the Lakers actually play good team basketball. Life goes on.

sniggleDec. 21, 1312:22 AM

I am so tired of Minnesota sports! What the hell is wrong with this team?!! They have a superstar in Love. They have a big man that is legit. They have a selfless point guard that is suppose to care about everyone else. They got their good size shooting guard. They have a couple players dedicated to defense. They supposedly have a great head coach. So what the hell is wrong?! I can only see it as coaching because I don't see it any other way. Look at San Antonio. Even with their aging big names, they don't have that much talent and they still win. They went into Golden State without their big 3 and won!! That is a hell of a coaching job. The Wolves, like the Wild have all the talent but the coaching doesn't seem to get the wins out of them like they should. I have no clue what else it could be.

mtsilly3Dec. 21, 1312:22 AM

It looks like Rubio has regressed. So hard to win in this league when your starting PG is so inept on the offensive end. If this keeps up no way Love is staying beyond next year

goldengoph3rDec. 21, 1312:25 AM

"They’re big and that puts us somewhat at a disadvantage,” Adelman said before the game.----------Lol. Yes, Rick Adelman actually said this. About the Kobe-Bryantless Lakers. About a team we hammered for 20+ points IN LA not long ago. About a team that has Nick....Young...as it's go-to guy. Let's face it, we're playing to about where we should. We're a terrible defensive team that wins when the shots are falling but can't beat the worst teams in the league when they aren't. Unfortunately, that's only good for about 10th in the Western Conference.

chucktraylorDec. 21, 1312:34 AM

34.7% FG, 22.7% on 3s, Love scores 5 points the entire second half. Did Martin score at all in the second half? It didn't seem like it. Brewer, Love, and Pekovic made Kaman, Gasol and Sacre (who?) look like the second coming of Connie Hawkins, Artis Gilmore, and Dikembe Mutombo, having seven shots blocked between them. What's the problem, bilateral leg weakness? Hummel is a shooter, DNP-Coach's decision. Muhammad is a scorer, DNP-Coach's decision. The Wolves defense let the D-League All Stars shoot nearly 54%. Brewer is not a starter. His value is as energy off the bench. Again, this team was not ready to play against a team they should have beaten. That's on the players and on the coach.

snoozecruise1Dec. 21, 1312:43 AM

Send in the clowns. The biggest buffoon (sp?) out there was Pek. Yes, he got his put back points, but his shots were either rejected or abysmally inept. The Wolves look like they belong in the Mikan era--no offense to that era of basketball when everyone played below the rim and was slower than slow. I've seen lots of lousy NBA basketball games over the decades, and tonight's was certainly in the bottom 10 percent. Wow! That was NOT professional basketball. That was two bottom dwellers in the WC doing what bottom dwellers do. Wow!

snoozecruise1Dec. 21, 1312:47 AM

Slamman, it's more like one step forward and three steps back.

dforbortDec. 21, 13 1:22 AM

The Wolves need at least one more good shooter that can lead a rally. There are too many inconsistent or poor shooters starting on this team...still no shot Rubio, hot and cold Martin, and non-shooter Brewer. Love is doing more than his part, but he needs help...got any moves up your sleeve Flip?

srstormguyDec. 21, 13 1:25 AM

JJ should be gone and Trey Burke sure would look good running this team behind Rubio. At least they would have a rookie that could contribute. Their two 1st round picks this year are sitting at the end of the bench with limited ability. Quantity doesn't beat quality and we'll only be reminded of that each time we look back at the '13 Draft. Looks like 41 wins is where we will be lucky to finish this year.

jpdelaireDec. 21, 13 2:25 AM

Whats wrong with playing Shabazz? He can't shoot any worse than Corey Brewer....


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