Wolves' big lead in Big Easy doesn't last

  • Article by: Jerry Zgoda , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 8, 2014 - 7:21 AM

They were up nine in the fourth quarter before the wheels came off.

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jaybarFeb. 7, 1411:57 PM

Thanks, J.J.

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majones707Feb. 7, 1411:57 PM

I posted this in another thread, but meant to post it here. Honestly cut Barea. Can the Wolves cut JJ Barea? I am just so sick of him and yet he Adleman keeps playing him. He is killing the Wolves with his bad decisions turnovers and being all around terrible. Flip should just cut him in order to stop Adleman from playing him. I want to see Price or Shevd or some dude of the street. The bench killed us tonight so sick of Barea and his shoddy decisions.

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snoozecruise1Feb. 8, 1412:25 AM

Now that we're 5.5 games out of the last playoff spot with 32 games remaining, can we get Shved, Shabazz, and Dieng on the floor for 20 minutes a game? I've seen enough of Turiaf, Budinger, Brewer, Martin, and Barea to last 6 or 7 Methusala-length lifetimes. Rick, DEVELOP Shved, Shabazz, and Dieng. Who cares if they mess up? Let them play, make their mistakes, and learn. Let them get a taste of success, and most importantly get some NBA experience. Flip, where are you? Hanging out at Continental Diamond? Stop looking at shiny rocks, and give Rigid a directive to play the young guys. Then, go back and look at shiny rocks with Paul Allen.

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jimmyneyFeb. 8, 1412:32 AM

Barea -13, Budinger -13, Mbah a Moute -13, yet Muhammad, Shved, Hummel and Price do not play? Dieng played only 7 minutes? Its time to let Adelman go. Send the message to the team, and its fans, that losing cannot and will not be tolerated. Also, offer Love a maximum contract extension. If he does not take it, trade him during the off season and move forward.

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minfan2Feb. 8, 1412:36 AM

....Ops know if they can get close in the 4th, Wolves will fold like a house of cards. Cant say enough about sending Barea out there to "protect alead" early in the last quarter.. 4 turnovers in 15 minutes.. I tend to agree with others.. Try Shved as the main PG Backup.. Hes better on D and cant possibly choke any worse the Barea. Hes a PG whose played out of position for the Wolves. Why not try him at his natural position..

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mrknowitallFeb. 8, 1412:44 AM

For those of you criticizing JJ, if you knew basketball -- as Adelman and I do -- you would know some nights he is our MVP, and he does in fact give the Wolves the best chance to win. Would you prefer to have Rubio's 37% shooting and inconsistent FTs out there late in the 4th? It's not JJ and Rubio anyway. Love is allegedly a superstar (6 - 20 tonight) but his team apparently does not realize that, they are 2 games below .500.

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manoliveFeb. 8, 14 1:09 AM

Barea entered the game in the 4th quarter with a 10 point lead. By the time he left the game, we were down by 3. Great job controlling the game, JJ. Nice substitution Rick. Hey Rick, try something different, man. Your refusal to use all the weapons at your disposal is very Frazier like. All these years and you've never won a championship. Maybe you should try something different. Ya think?

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majones707Feb. 8, 14 1:15 AM

mrknowitall I do not prefer Rubio when he is playing poorly, but I prefer Price and Shevd or I would take a free agent over JJ when Rubio is bad. JJ does not just commit turnovers, but he does a really poor job of getting the Wolves into any semblance of offensive flow. If you watch the games JJ takes a while to run a play and hogs the ball. He hurts Daunte and Budinger and everyone really by the way he plays point guard. He is also not a very good defensive player. For every game where JJ plays well there are 4 other games when he plays poorly. He refuses to modify his game even when K Love is in there and hot. I get so frustrated by him not getting the ball to K Love. Why is JJ still playing?

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mnfan505Feb. 8, 14 1:27 AM

The time has come for Flip to do the difficult, unthinkable thing and trade Kevin Love. This team is going nowhere and Kevin will leave. We all just watched Percy Harvin win a Championship as soon as he left and Kevin and everyone else knows it will NEVER happen here. Trade Love for as many picks as you can get and try once again to rebuild from the ground up. Adelman has to go now too. Let someone come in and let the young guys get some experience to see if there is anything there worth keeping. Happy 25th Anniversary T -Wolves fans. 25 Years- 2 decent seasons. Sigh.

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goldengoph3rFeb. 8, 14 1:28 AM

Look, why does anyone care about this pack of soft misfits. They're hothouse daisies who gave up 37 fourth quarter points after giving up 36 in the 2nd and 3rd COMBINED. This team doesn't deserve respect. They do deserve to miss the playoffs, which will result in starting over. Again. Good luck Flip.

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