Poor shooting dooms Timberwolves in loss to Chicago Bulls
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#1 Jan 10, 2010
I watched my first T-wolves game in a couple of weeks. I was disappointed to see the wolves effort in the second halve. The wolves played with energy and quickness in the first period and were able to work the ball into the paint for high percentage shots.
Once Chicago got ahead the wolves settled for the 20 foot contested jumper. It came as no surprise, but seeing Love and Flynn playing against a team with length reminded me how much difficulty Love has getting his shot off in traffic. Flynn had several drives stopped in the paint as well.
The wolves need some length, and perimeter shooting,of their own. The Love-Jefferson duo can play against certain teams, but Noah, Tyrus Thomas, and Deng made them look enept last night. Brewer has had a game, or two, where he has shot the ball well, but for the most part he looks like an honorary stone mason.
#2 Jan 10, 2010
The Wolves looked great in the 1st quarter, doing all the things they've
been told to do. The passing was great, it was crisp, then all of a sudden,
when Chicago started running, the Wolves couldn't get back on defense.
They had no answer for Noah, either. They need a real center that can
make a big guy change his shot. Noah had no respect for guys only as
big as forwards. He could have scored 80.
Even though the coach tried to stay cool, I could see his frustration when
the Wolves broke down and started going one-on-one. You can't win
in the NBA going mano y mano, especially with the personnel this team
has. As young as they are, they should be getting back quicker on D
after a missed shot. Chicago's offense was beating them down the floor.
When teams find out they can run on you, you're in for a bloody nose.
This team looked much better when they played the world champs a
month ago. In this game, after the 1st quarter, they forgot all about
team discipline, and the Bulls are no Lakers. How about putting a
hand in Hinrich's face? He had open looks all night.
#3 Jan 10, 2010
Wolves tried to trade Jefferson. Too bad that
stuff comes out in public; He won't work hard now, and he'll have problems with management & the coach. Well, maybe he can rest his knee more now. Hard to trade damaged goods. They ought to send Flynn with him to sweeten the deal. He's too short and he dribbles the ball instead of passing. He can
create all he wants with the fancy ball handling,
but being too small, he's going to get stuffed
most of the time. I saw him dribble into trouble
several times against the Bulls. If you can't
read the floor, you're a #2, and I don't think
he's be good enough in the #2, either. Too small,
not a sure shot. I feel for Rambis, I really
do. They could have got better players with the
picks they had. Hard to sculpt a beautiful statue
out of inferior clay. His bald spot is growing.
#4 Jan 10, 2010
A positive note on Flynn. He's got springs. That
slam with his elbows above the rim was a
highlight film. It's not enough, though. A
guy needs a complete game within a system.
#5 Jan 10, 2010
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