Wolves get too loose in Atlanta, and lose to Hawks

  • Article by: JERRY ZGODA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 2, 2014 - 12:09 AM

Kevin Love scored 43 points, but a sloppy finish to the first half seemed to shift momentum to the Hawks after the break.

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mtsilly3Feb. 1, 14 9:52 PM

Back under .500....just where they belong

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ljb6599Feb. 1, 1410:05 PM

Love scores 43 but the team gives up 120 points and is one step closer to being eliminated from the playoffs........

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chucktraylorFeb. 1, 1410:07 PM

Kevin Love lost this game tonight. His stat line was pretty incredible. But somebody needs to tell him that he can commit six personal fouls per game. On 11 different occasions tonight Love, with his arms straight down by his sides, allowed Millsap, Carroll, Teague, Scott, and worst of all, at the end of the game when the Wolves were only down by three, Ayon, to take the ball to the basket for uncontested, or barely contested, baskets. Love putting any one of those guys on his butt during one of those forays to the basket would have swung this game in the Wolves' favor. Love had no personal fouls tonight. When Barea got himself kicked out of the game, forcing Adelman to put Rubio back in, I thought the Wolves had a chance to win. Rubio connected with Love on three great baskets, but each time the Hawks came down and the Wolves were doomed by matador defense, on two occasions by Love. Martin again disappeared the second half. Barea, before he got booted, was again about to dribble and shoot the Wolves to a defeat. Budinger was not helpful, Shved turned the ball over, and yet the Wolves still had a chance to win. Had Love fouled Ayon on the layup that put the Hawks back up by five I believe the Wolves would have won this game. I generally give Love the benefit of the doubt, but his lack of defense tonight was the primary reason for this loss.

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jachesteFeb. 1, 1410:09 PM

KLove was terrific tonight. One of his best games of the year and we still lost. Atlanta's starting back court of Korver and Teague shoots above 50% combined and outscores Martin and Rubio 43-22.

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samspade77Feb. 1, 1410:09 PM

They are what they are; a .500 team that consistently misses the playoffs. The Wolves will keep marketing Love and Rubio to fill the stands and the loyal fans of Minnesota will have another disappointing season. Adeleman will leave at the end of the year and the team will get blown up over the summer. This seems to be the normal cycle this franchise goes through every few years. More poor draft choices will be made in addition to some terrible trades. Let's face it, nobody wants to play in Minnesota and nobody wants to play for an organization with a history of losing and "cheap" ownership. Why do I still remain a fan? I guess I must be insanely loyal to my home state and the professional sports teams within it. The funny thing is I've lived in California for the past 25 years, but I'm still a Minnesota fan through thick and thin. Yes, I must be insane.

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panzoonFeb. 1, 1410:12 PM

So ok all hopes of making PO are almost gone... Time to go down and make sure they get their draft pick, then find a coach who can light some fire under these guys, and adjust the roster so that we have at least 4 guys who can make an open shot... This season is over, this is the weirdest team of all time.

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jachesteFeb. 1, 1410:15 PM

Not insane Sam, just a long suffering Wolves fan like the rest of us. Eh....

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mpdad1638Feb. 1, 1410:16 PM

How long before the wolves say goodby to Flop Sanders?

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abemntocalFeb. 1, 1410:22 PM

I was wondering who the first person with no knowledge of the NBA would blame KLove for this loss, and it only took three comments. Amazing! Of course it wasn't C. Brewer who decides to give Atlanta 3 points at the end of the first half for no reason. Or JJ who goes insane and gets tossed in the fourth quarter and gives Atlanta two free throws for nothing. Or Chase who can't hit a wide open jumper, no matter how close he is to the basket. Or RR who can't score. Or K. Martin who disappears in the second half......again. No the blame should go squarely on the 43 point, 19 rebound man Kevin Love. Some of these comments are just unbelievable.

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october 15Feb. 1, 1410:49 PM

Those of us who know how important defense is to a victory understand why Kevin L. is a great allstar, all offense and no defense.

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