Well, what else can I say, this is was bad basketball again. I'll let the box score do the talking
|MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES (3-5)|
|M. Beasley||NWT - NOT WITH TEAM|
|M. Lee||NWT - NOT WITH TEAM|
|N. Pekovic||DNP - COACH'S DECISION|
|33.8%||29.2%||78.8%||TEAM REBS: 15||TOTAL TO: 16|
33.8% shooting, 14 ASTs - 16 TOs ... yeah, FAIL. Moving on to the player grades.
Wesley Johnson: Positives: NOTHING!! Negatives: 0-5 FGs ... ... 2 TOs .... Yuck
Wes, sorry man, I like ya, but you failed again tonight. It's horribly discouraging. I mean, he looks about as credible as Rasual Butler. But even Butler blocked two shots and, gasp, didn't turn the ball over. Wes did nothing well. Nuff said. #4 pick!? what!? (when did Rasual Butler get drafted?)
Kevin Love: Positives: 2-4 3pt, 5 OffRebs Negatives: FGs 3-16 Fgs, 5-10 FTs, 4PF, Too many complaints!
It's hard to believe that I can feel like I'm being generous with a C- when a guy finishes with a double double, but Kevin Love definitely made that possible tonight. He couldn't buy a bucket, except for that little stretch when Ricky came in the game when he hit two threes. Was he tired? Must have been. Was he inexcusably diva-ish? Yes! That commercial about Kevin Loves first word should include something about throwing temper tantrums when another kid bumped into him. How does he go 5-10 at the charity stripe. Then there's Bargnani. Can Kevin do anything to stop him?
Darko Milicic: Positives: 1 Blk Negatives: 3-8 FGs, 5 rebs,
Darko really confuses me. He seems like he should be good, he'll shine randomly like he did in the first quarter against Cleveland, and then tonight he'll fumble passes, miss dunks and get torched by the likes of Amir Johnson. Thankfully he didn't fill the box score up with TOs or he might have got a "Wesley" (aka an F)
Wayne Ellington: Positives: Well I guess 1-3 3ptFGs, Negatives: 0 AST & 1 Reb in 23 mins
Wayne did nothing incredibly bad. He even played admirable Defense (which is something I've seen all year from him), against DeRozan. He simply didn't do what you want to see from a NBA guard. I mean in 23 mins we should have see something.
Luke Ridnour: Positives: 6-9 FGs, BLK on Barg??? Negatives: 1 AST - 2 TO
I mean I love Bs. But this one for Ridnour needs to be better. He shot well, but eventually he has to understand that he's currently the teams best SG (tied with Barea) and he has to learn that as his role. I don't understand why we would want to see Ricky out there on the wing and Ridnour with the ball. Please swap those roles.
Derrick Williams: Positives: Effort, 8 Rebs, 3 OffREBs 1 STL, 1 BLK Negative: 4-11 FGs, 0-3 3pt FG,
Derrick did what he is supposed to do. He came in, brought the effort, brought the boom on that dunk. It was definitely a solid game for him. It wasn't great with 2 TOs and 0-3 from three point land, but at least. I think Derrick also played some of our best defense against Barg.
Anthony Tolliver: Positives: umm Nothing, Negatives: 0-3 FGs, 6 PF,
Couldn't play Defense, resorted to fouling. Couldn't hit his shots. Not good. I really like what Tolliver brings the Wolves, but this was not his night. He only escaped "Wesley" (a failing grade) because FTs are tougher than Lay-ups.
Ricky Rubio: Positives: 6 ASTs, 7 FTAs, Negatives: 2-9 FGs,
Ricky runs the show. When he came into the game the Wolves got back into the game. His 6 ASTs against, 2 TOs (at least one of them in garbage time) is a good sign. He did what we expect now and that earns him a B. I did like it that he tried to go up and dunk though.
Jose Juan Barea: Possitives: Just about everthing Negatives: 17.5 mins
J.J. Barea is awesome. He carried the team when he was on the court. Hit shots, drew contact. 16PTS, 3ASTs in less than 18 mins. That's basketball. This little guys a gamer, too bad he couldn't stay on the court longer.
Anthony Randolph: Possitives: 5-5 FTs, 9PTS, Negatives: 15mins?
Anthony played a good game. I think he did very well getting to the FT line. It's great to see him run the court and finish with that big dunk. He did very well in his 15 mins, unfortunately, this time it was only 15 mins.
People were complaining about the minutes given out, but he's been given a tough job. Really with injuries and this condensed season. We saw K-Love and Rubio both appear to be dogging it at the end of the game. JJ and Tolliver both are banged up and we some how have to play CHICAGO tomorrow night? He needed to give some guys a rest. Too bad some guys are just too bad to put on the court. We cannot start blaming Adelman for losses like this. The rotations aren't set because they didn't have a dang training camp and then there were injuries!
Now your coming back home Wolves. Rest up, Ice up, do what you gotta do so we can fight the bulls tomorrow night, maybe we'll surprise people. It would help if we could hit some shots.
Okay, I kind of liked how that worked out, not the game of course, but the way I picked to start with the ugly and end with the Good. Over all I give the team a solid D- on this game. Somehow they stayed in it, and that says something, I'm not sure what, but it's something ... It would have been a EPIC ("Wesley") FAIL if it wasn't for the efforts of Dwill, Anthony Randolph and JJ Barea.
May I suggest adding the "Alpha Male" award and the "Goat (nothing to do with Corey Brewer) of the Game" Award to the end of the Report Card.
Top Dogg tonight was: JJ Barea!
Goat: is Wesley Johnson. It would have nearly been as effective having Corey Brewer's Goat start the game at SF.
That's all I got,
Peace out Hoopers
PS - I really hope Wesley can find a way to do something positive for this team. Cuz he's not gunna net us nothing in any kind of a trade (unless Ras Butlers on the blocks ... jk ... I think).