Spotlight is on Wolves reserves as contract deadline nears

  • Article by: Jerry Zgoda
  • Updated: January 6, 2014 - 11:42 AM

There's pressure for more bench points, plus a Friday deadline for a few Wolves subs hoping to see their contracts guaranteed.

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goldengoph3rJan. 6, 1412:44 AM

Bench production an issue, on a team that scores the 2nd most points in the league. Unfortunately, this isn't a funny joke; the conversation seems to be how do we score 115 points a game instead of 107. The 800-pound elephant in the room is the lack of defense, full stop. With a roster full of Hummels, Shveds, Bareas, Peks, Martins, and yes, Loves, athleticism is just not there. Kaaaahhhhhhhn!

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tcstunnerJan. 6, 14 1:57 AM

I'm so sick of people blaming Rubio's lack of scoring as a major problem. NO ITS NOT! No team has 5 guys on the floor that are scoring threats. Love, Martin and Pek are the scorers for the Wolves. Rubio is the floor general and plays good D and Brewer is the defensive stopper. Rubio is averaging 10pts a game. That's plenty for their FOURTH OPTION. Just look at OKC. They're scoring threats are Durant, Westbrook and Serge. Perkins is there for D. The Heat are the same way. NO TEAM HAS 5 scoring options. Rubio is our 4th option, so stop blaming his lack of scoring as the Wolves problem.

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oxboardJan. 6, 14 6:19 AM

Maybe the "starters" should consider stopping teams from driving the lane and getting uncontested layups, you know someone put a body on them and make them earn it from the foul line and maybe some hard fouls to make them "think about it" next time. instead of just watching them drive by....just saying....

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jachesteJan. 6, 14 8:33 AM

The problem with your argument tcs is Rubio dominates the basketball. He doesn't need to be a primary scorer, but he does need to be an EFFICIENT scorer. He's shooting 35%, which is horrible. That does matter in crunch time in close games, where by the way, Rubio's numbers are even worse offensively (he's in the mid 20% range in games decided by 4 points or less). It is an issue regardless of his obvious and significant strengths.

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lbeezyJan. 6, 14 8:55 AM

Pek for Asik & a pick. This would give us the much needed D that Pek cannot offer.

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leakyboatJan. 6, 14 8:59 AM

I wish I could get excited about this team but I just can't. Love is talented but you just know he is gone after next year. The bloom is off the Rubio rose. Adelman is crabby all the time and can't develop young talent. Plus, the front office has made so many mistakes over the last number of years that you can't pick up the paper without reading about could have been Timberwolves filling up stat sheets. Humbug!

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cabonativeJan. 6, 1410:16 AM

Let's be FAIR with J.J. Barea. Even though he hasn't been consistent, he is the only player of that 2nd unit who's getting some points. So don't put all the blame on him. So what about Shved?? Cunningham?? Mbah a Moute?? Hummel?? No points and no defensive stops too... The other point is that our bench is the third lowest in average minutes per game. So we have a COACHING PROBLEM too. Instead of Shved put AJ Price on the floor with Barea. Barea is more offensive in the 2 spot. Give some minutes to Dieng too, and for Kevin Love if you want to be an all star elite player YOU NEED TO STOP CRYING.

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daveyk206Jan. 6, 1410:31 AM

Can someone still explain the huge hype around Chase. I don't get it.

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s_mack2000Jan. 6, 1411:22 AM

Chase can provide bench scoring and is a 3pt threat.

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jplamp9Jan. 6, 1411:52 AM

Sad when there's not a single bench player on the Wolves as good at Wesley Johnson who is playing for the NBA minimum salary right now.

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