Wolves notes: Adelman says he goes game-to-game on guard decisions

  • Article by: Jerry Zgoda , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 1, 2014 - 10:51 PM

ATLANTA – Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman slept on the matter overnight, reconsidered the evidence of Friday’s home loss to Memphis and remained convinced Saturday that he made the right decision going with reserve point guard J.J. Barea over starter Ricky Rubio in the fourth quarter the night before.

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thegirlsFeb. 2, 14 7:08 AM

we need to start a campaign to get Shabazz on the floor. Also, for our first round pick in the off-season, the fans should be able to make the pick and the coaches and front office can live with it the way we have to live with their picks.

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ljb6599Feb. 2, 14 9:56 AM

Adelman is an offensive minded coach.Defense is not in his DNA and he cannot teach it.This is the reason for all the close game losses.

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drewman3414Feb. 2, 1411:09 AM

we need to find another star in the off season to go with love.prefferably a shooting guard.k-mart is ok but is to inconsistent and doesnt play with much fire or heart and is soft.flip will need to get creative in the off season to package a trade or free up some money to sign a stud to go along with love.kevin love is an amazing player surrounded by role players.

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justin1978Feb. 2, 1412:43 PM

I simply don't understand why JJ and Ricky weren't both on the floor at the end. Why does it necessarily have to be one or the other? If Adelman decides to keep JJ on the floor, play him with Ricky, not over him. Adelman used to play them together all the time. Having Brewer and Martin on the team has basically destroyed that. I would much rather see Rubio in at the end of games over Corey Brewer or Chase Budinger. If this team is ever going to get over the hump, it's because Rubio takes his game to another level. I would play Rubio almost 40 minutes a night, as many minutes as Love and most other starting pg's in the league. There is a good chance Rubio would lead the league in both assists (at least top 3) and steals if given those minutes. He would probably also lead all pg's in rebounds. He's top 5 in boards, steals and assists for pg's this season. The Wolves have a guard capable of leading the league in assists and steals while rebounding better than anyone at his position. In a lot of games, Ricky doesn't even play 30 minutes. In the last month, Rubio is 3rd in the NBA in assists and leads all point guards in steals. Of the top 25 guys in assists per game the last month, Rubio is the only one who has averaged under 30 mpg in that time. Trey Burke is actually the only other guy averaging less than 32 mpg at 31:55. The 2 guys ahead of Rubio in assists (ty Lawson, Kendal marshall) are averaging about 38 mpg. I think Rubio and the Wolves would play better if he is given consistent minutes. I think if Adelman shows that confidence in Rubio, it will be rewarded with better play from Rubio and the team.

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akgfreeFeb. 2, 14 1:15 PM

Rubio can`t produce 4th quarter points because Martin and Brewer can`t be trusted to step up and score. Of the 5 guys on the court in crunch, Love is 1; Pek is 2; Martin 3 and the other guy 4. Martin does not seem to want to be 1 or 2, and perhaps not even 3!Put Shabazz on. Seems like the kind of guy who delights in that type of atmosphere.

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akgfreeFeb. 2, 14 1:31 PM

Love`s a trooper who loves the game and deserves to be supported, but he has to up his leadership, demand more of Martin and Brewer.Pek and Love are doing their fair share. The guards needs to match them in intensity. Martin and Brewer are far from it.

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akgfreeFeb. 2, 14 1:35 PM

Way to go Al Horton. I have no idea who is listening to the Wolves on the radio - some Luddite in Wabasha I suppose, but you held out. Go Wolves!

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akgfreeFeb. 2, 14 1:40 PM

thegirls - Interesting perspective. Let the fans make the call by vote. Now, where to draw the line . . . ? Hard call - - - Who will make it? Vote #1 - Should Adleman remain the Wolves coach? Yes or No

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akgfreeFeb. 2, 14 1:50 PM

justin1978 - Excellent points re Rubio - The fact that I am a bit of a homer . . . may scale them back a bit, but I think you are right in that Ricky can handle the minutes physically and is such a tremendous learner that it would so vitally go towards future success. Everyone chiming in here knows that that is what we`re talking about here. No one is fool enough to think we can compete with top 8 or so - but we all see young talent and a desperate fan base that would love to have a winner with in our midst, in something - something - other than baseball! You know, that sport where you check in now and again and then start to bandwagon slowly but surely until you feel safe enough to get behind them? And low and behold, they surprised us twice in half a dozen years. Minnesota Nice! :)

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