Jerry Zgoda missed the entire Kevin Garnett era, but he's back covering the Timberwolves after working the beat for their first four seasons two decades ago. In between, he covered a bit of everything: Gopher men's and women's basketball and NCAA athletics, golf, outdoor recreation, sports media and a little Vikings and Twins.

Adelman to Wolves: 'If you think you're a playoff team ... forget it'

Posted by: Kent Youngblood under Wolves practice news Updated: January 16, 2014 - 4:00 PM

Wolves coach Rick Adelman, not surprisingly, was still annoyed Thursday after putting his team through a lengthy film session. But that made for some fairly insightful and direct comments about the  Wolves, who have lost two straight and three of four games.  Here is a selection of some of the things he had to say today:

On his team’s lack of aggressiveness against Sacramento: “There is no doubt,” he said. “There were a couple of instances last night that they had a bigger guy, whether it was Rudy Gay or Derrick Williams, were posting up on a smaller guy. Number one, we didn’t come over with any urgency to just to help, and two, why would you let him take a big power dribble? Just foul him. Don’t let him score. But our tactic is that we don’t give resistance, and if that doesn’t change we’re going to be in trouble. I think it’s very evident in the games that we’ve lost that we’ve had leads in that we have a tendency just to relax, ‘we’ve got this one.’ Before we know it, they’re back in the game. And now any mistake or anything can happen. That’s kind of been the MO of this team and it has to change. We’ve talked from Day 1. They’ve got to get out of their comfort zone. Whatever that it is it’s got to be better than what they’re doing. We just seem to be going back and forth. We have a good game and then we just drop right back.’’

On his team’s current situation: “We’ve got to face fact that we’re a .500 team,” he said. “Right now we’re below .500. I told them today that if you think you’re a playoff team why don’t you just forget it, because you haven’t proven that you are. You haven’t gone out and really established yourself yet. You make some changes, and it looks good on paper, but it means nothing.’’

On responding to physical play: “Well we’ve been talking about it forever. It’s been pretty evident in some games where teams get into us. The league has changed. For whatever reason, I don’t know why, the last couple of years there hasn’t been any post defense. It’s more of a wrestling match. It’s just the way it is. You’ve got to respond to that. Players usually always respond to the way the game goes, because in our league in 82 games every game is different. You have a different officiating crew, everything is different. You’ve got to respond to it, but if you’re not going to go into the game ready to respond, if you’re going to back off you’re in trouble. You’ve got to take it on. You’ve got to be more aggressive.’’

This is a guy who wants his team to have more of an attitude, come out with more consistent effort, and defend people. Kevin Love, for one, said he completely agrees his team needs to get a bit nastier.

“One hundred percent,” Love said. “I think we need to develop some sort of edge. We talk a lot of trash. We are edgy in practice, we just need to transition that into the game. We have it in us, we just need to go out there and do it. And hopefully now that it’s out there, we can kind of hold ourselves accountable.”

That’s about it for now. Jerry will be with the team tomorrow.

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