A day after things fall apart on court and in locker room, Wolves try to get back on same page

  • Article by: JON KRAWCZYNSKI , Associated Press
  • Updated: January 9, 2014 - 5:15 PM

MINNEAPOLIS — Kevin Love had just finished calling out two teammates for sulking on the bench while the Minnesota Timberwolves let an important game slip away to the Phoenix Suns, and Nikola Pekovic acknowledged what had become readily apparent: a team that was supposed to make the playoffs for the first time since 2004 had just waded into a danger zone.

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simmys11Jan. 9, 14 6:44 PM

Love calling out Barea and Cunningham is a classic case of transference. (Wikipedia: "Transference is a [psychological] phenomenon characterized by unconscious redirection of feelings from one person to another.") He is angry at Rubio for repeatedly melting under any form of pressure at either end of the court. Against tight and physical defense, Rubio becomes a turnover machine. On the other end, Rubio plays weak defense and instead gambles for steals and goes under screens. Dragic abused him at will last night. Love is also resents Rubio because management wouldn't give him (Love) the max deal since they wanted to save it for Rubio. But he feels that Rubio is too much of a star (ridiculous, I know) to criticize. So he goes after smaller fish for a minimal offense, rather than Rubio who is the largest cause of the Wolves woes and single-handedly lost them the game with his consecutive turnovers and pathetic defense.

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