Spurs keep Love in check in victory over Timberwolves

  • Article by: JERRY ZGODA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 13, 2014 - 6:34 AM

San Antonio might have found the blueprint for defending the Wolves star.

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panzoonJan. 12, 14 8:24 PM

Don't worry next week they'll be back at what they do... bullying lottery teams

roberth999Jan. 12, 14 8:26 PM

At least Wolves have one of best coaches in the league. Ok, so they don't! He's horrible!

william16Jan. 12, 14 8:29 PM

You know your team is bad when your biggest star for the night is Alexey Shved. I see the Red Cross is giving away 2 Wolves tix with every pint of blood donated in January. Is that a reward or punishment?

cabonativeJan. 12, 14 8:44 PM

My advice to the Wolves: KEEP FIGHTING AND DON'T GIVE UP!! The Spurs were better tonight as simple as that. They shot the ball better, we don't. The positive thing I've seen is that Shved is improving his game and looking more aggressive. This is a long season. We need to stay around .500 and get better. Sooner or later there has to be a turnaround for us. Let's stay POSITIVE!! Go Wolves!!!

ljb6599Jan. 12, 14 9:13 PM

Looks like the team once again took the day off and went fishin'.....of course against a good team. I still cannot believe this team traded Williams for Moute. Another terrible move by the Wolves organization.Williams is coming off the bench strong with the Kings.

chucktraylorJan. 12, 14 9:19 PM

This game was supposed to be the "most important game so far this season," the springboard for the Wolves to turn their season into the season we all thought it could be. Instead, the Wolves came out tonight with all of the energy of a team playing the last game of the preseason. The Spurs were without Splitter, Ginobili, and Danny Green for the second half, and still executed with a precision and efficiency that should have Adelman making his team look at the tape of this game over and over again as a lesson in how to play basketball. Parker left Rubio dizzy; Kahwi Leonard abused Brewer all game. Brewer needs to go to the bench. The bench was adequate, given that as a whole they couldn't throw the ball and hit the Alamo with it. Love caught Rubio's layup flu. After a big first half Pek didn't get to touch the ball again except for one hook and a tip in. Martin and Budinger played like they had weights in their shoes; every shot was short. I just don't get this team. Muhammad is supposedly coming back Wednesday after averaging 24+ points, 9+ rebounds, and two assists in the four D League games he played in. Maybe Adelman will let him play and light a fire under this bunch. Unless Muhammad's D League stats go to his head.

snoozecruise1Jan. 12, 14 9:23 PM

Man against machine, machine will win every time. The Spurs are a machine. No shame in losing to the team that is most likely to represent the West in the NBA finals. They simply have more talent than the Wolves, and they've been playing together a long time. I like what Peterson said about how Pop can beat you with his own guys and then take the other team, coach them up, and beat you with them. I would like to see Love bust his tail and get back on defense when his shot isn't falling. Martin, too. The Wolves are a work in process. Budinger doesn't have his legs or timing or shot yet, Turiaf is early in his return to the court, and the second unit has only played together as a second unit for a couple games. This unit played some tenacious D in the second quarter for a little while; that was fun to see. Pek was a monster and Shved is coming around. Accept where the Wolves are at and enjoy the process as they grow and mature. Your other option is to get upset because they haven't arrived in a half season of playing together after being decimated by injuries last year and adding new faces this year.

minfan2Jan. 12, 14 9:27 PM

Hey, at least we didn't blow another close one. Plus Rubio had a couple assists. Oh ya, Flip asked us to have patience with him..Same as he asked about the Bench a few weeks back.. Next it will be the coach.

ljb6599Jan. 12, 14 9:28 PM

Budinger and Turiaf look like all stars.....lol

chucktraylorJan. 12, 14 9:40 PM

snoozecruise1, I don't disagree with any of what you have shared here. What bothers me is the seeming lack of focus, and energy. Love and Martin looked disinterested tonight. It has occurred to me that the reason Love gets so many top of the circle threes is because he's lollygagging back up the court. On at least two occasions tonight Rubio had to wait for Love to cross mid court and join the offense. Surely Leonard isn't that much better than Brewer. If the team can't get up for this type of game, especially when the Spurs were shorthanded, then it makes me wonder about their commitment to do what it takes to be a good team.


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