Timberwolves' effort criticized after OT loss

Thirty-six games into the NBA season seems a little early for a team to hit bottom, but the Timberwolves appear to be there. Full Story
Dan

Oklee, MN

#23 Jan 6, 2011
Beasley has to finish the game off. 3 final possesions and "0" points.
SOTIC

Saint Paul, MN

#24 Jan 6, 2011
This team is so much more entertaining than the prior versions that were put out on the floor during the McHale years. They need to find a way to turn that entertainment into victories. Right now they tighten up so bad going down the stretch it turns victories that they had in hand into losses. They obviously have more talent than in years past, but it is hard to dribble with both hands around their throats. They need to find some players who want to take control of the game down the stretch. I think for the first time in years, I see hope in this organization.

I have no issues with Rambis as a coach. But as a coach, he too probably needs to learn a thing or two about coaching and motivating players down the stretch. This francise probably hasn't had a coach who understood how to do that since Bill Musselman. And he got fired for winning too much, not developing his younger players. I would think Musselman would love a rebounding machine like Love.

the real just another day

Saint Paul, MN

#25 Jan 6, 2011
just another day in loserville....
The Hard Truth

Bemidji, MN

#26 Jan 6, 2011
Coacher wrote:
I disagree with The Hard Truth. This was not a "last straw" event. It's an important loss. The coach needs to remind players that 9 win teams aren't exactly set in their personnel. Time to play defense. This team is far too young for this to be a last straw event. Clearly, the front office has made a mistake in drafting point guards. They took the wrong one. So, both in coaching and the front office this needs to be improved. On the whole, to pick up Beasley, Milicic and Johnson, plus an improved Love, that's very good. They are very competitive in a very short period of time. That's why last night was not a "last straw."
Thank you for an intelligent rebuttal to my comment. Civil disagreement with content at its base is rare on these forums (fora?). My compliments.
Don

Minneapolis, MN

#27 Jan 6, 2011
when does some of the meltdowns fall on the coach?
Im Thinkin

Saint Paul, MN

#28 Jan 6, 2011
Its like a pickup team from a school yard playing in the NBA.
Dont waste your money!
outstate

Detroit Lakes, MN

#29 Jan 6, 2011
I agree with L.James, there are too many NBA teams. At least 4 teams should be contracted the Timberwolves being one.
jogante

Port Orchard, WA

#30 Jan 6, 2011
Beasley's missed free throws at the end sunk my heart to a new low.
balancing act

Saint Paul, MN

#31 Jan 6, 2011
Rambis needs to take names and kick some arse. Kevin Love seems to be the one TRYING to light a fire under his teammates, and surprisingly, Beasley. They are two of the top talents in the league, and have to create on their own for the most part.

We need POINT GUARDS. Rambis can tiptoe around this issue all he wants, but Flynn is a miserable bust and Ridnour is small and a major liability on D. It's like 4 on 5 on the defensive end. Flynn being in the entire 4th quarter and the associated meltdown should NOT be overlooked, nor should the team's what 50% free throw percentage. Turnovers are killing an otherwise entertaining team to watch.

That said, the NBA refereeing could make anyone pull their hair out. There is not a lead they can't whittle away with their whistles. I don't care enough if the Wolves win or not to get too terribly unbiased about this. I can't help but think the refs still have money on the line on these games when watching, or SOME sort of league mandate as to who wins on a given night. Its just painful to watch the outcomes be SO dependent on the refereeing.

Bottom line, this one is squarely on Rambis. Bobcats are not a good team, and their best players weren't even on the floor. NO excuse there.
balancing act

Saint Paul, MN

#32 Jan 6, 2011
Dan wrote:
Beasley has to finish the game off. 3 final possesions and "0" points.
Watch teams with true NBA point guards. THEY are supposed to set up their teammates to score. Flynn nearly dribbled into a double team on the sideline as he shoveled the ball off to Beasley leaving him to create on his own in the open court from beyond the 3 arc. It was (another) pathetic play by Flynn.

Make a quarter more of their free throw attempts in this game and this is all a moot point. Again, on the coach there. If your team can't make free throws, I dunno.... PRACTICE them?? No, more "walk throughs." Less "walking through" and more "follow through" please Rambis. Fundamental basketball needn't occur in a triangle vacuum.
jmndodge

Maple Grove, MN

#33 Jan 7, 2011
48 minutes... 2,240 team minutes per game, and we play about 1500 of those minutes with any team in the league. Watch the whole floor, and you discover that we do not play well off the ball, either on defense or offense. We as a team are still chasing the ball, not only defense, but offensively as well. It's time to quit standing around on offense (three men attempting to set picks while one man looks lost and another attempts to dribble out of trouble and shoot under pressure) and to move without the ball. Use sharp crisp passes to create space and open shots... Defensively, we are beat on the 3 point because 3 guys chase the ball, and leave at least one man for the open shot.

Bottom line, use the full 2200 minutes, and these guys have the potential to win, and win consistently.
rorajamo

Monticello, MN

#34 Jan 7, 2011
Another disappointing loss. This team has potential though. If the wolves ever play a full game, start to finish, I think they've got something. If we can add Rubio to the mix, they will be fun to watch. Johnny Flynn is a defensive liability. I can't count the number of times he got torched on D in this game. I think Rambis has them headed in the right direction though.
DD Austin

United States

#35 Jan 7, 2011
rorajamo wrote:
Another disappointing loss. This team has potential though. If the wolves ever play a full game, start to finish, I think they've got something. If we can add Rubio to the mix, they will be fun to watch. Johnny Flynn is a defensive liability. I can't count the number of times he got torched on D in this game. I think Rambis has them headed in the right direction though.
If you think Ramblin Rambo has them going in the right direction I'd hate to go on a trip with you behind the wheel. we'd never get where we wanted to go. That is the story of the T-wolves. They have no DIRECTION whatsoever on how to build a winning team. If you don't know where you are going, you will always end up somewhere else!!
Ben Dover

Saint Paul, MN

#36 Jan 7, 2011
DD Austin wrote:
<quoted text>If you think Ramblin Rambo has them going in the right direction I'd hate to go on a trip with you behind the wheel. we'd never get where we wanted to go. That is the story of the T-wolves. They have no DIRECTION whatsoever on how to build a winning team. If you don't know where you are going, you will always end up somewhere else!!
Another stupid DD Austin contribution.
CamelTow

Calgary, Canada

#37 Jan 7, 2011
Ben Dover wrote:
<quoted text>Another stupid DD Austin contribution.
I would say the same about yours......it's called an opinion and we are all entitled, even YOU!!!!!!!
Ben Dover

Saint Paul, MN

#38 Jan 7, 2011
CamelTow wrote:
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I would say the same about yours......it's called an opinion and we are all entitled, even YOU!!!!!!!
Your's too buddy.
Jonboy

Duluth, MN

#39 Jan 7, 2011
Again, Flynn and Ridnour are not NBA starters, or even close to one. Wes should not play as much until he starts playing better. And the coach is probably not a top notch coach. Also fire the owner.
johnny

Lake Grove, NY

#40 Jan 7, 2011
put sebastian telfair back in. better D.
CamelTow

Calgary, Canada

#41 Jan 10, 2011
Ben Dover wrote:
<quoted text>Your's too buddy.
grow up, how old are you, 12?
The Hard Truth

Northome, MN

#42 Jan 10, 2011
CamelTow wrote:
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grow up, how old are you, 12?
Your embarrassing, juvenile, and not at all clever moniker puts you at about 12, also. Your posts would be more respected if you didn't present yourself in such a childish manner. Just sayin'..

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