Postgame: Wolves tussle; Kings compare dunks
- Blog Post by: Jerry Zgoda
- March 19, 2012 - 3:18 AM
After starting this crucial seven-game, 13-day road trip with a victory at Phoenix last Monday, the Wolves on Sunday lost their third consecutive game -- 115-99 at Sacramento -- and now are 11th in the West, 2.5 games behind No. 8 Houston.
In case you missed it, here's the video of Sunday's timeout confrontation between Kevin Love and J.J. Barea in the fourth quarter. You have to wait until about two minutes in to get a look at the exchange between Love and Barea, and the roles Martell Webster and Luke Ridnour playing stepping in to defuse it.
And here is the game story from that defeat with details about the frustration that bubbled over for a team that nine days earlier had grabbed that eighth and final playoff spot and now finds itself behind both Phoenix and Utah.
And here's the notebook that starts with Michael Beasley's return to action on Sunday, which might be short-lived considering he left the arena wearing flp-flops because he couldn't get his boot over that big toe that swelled up big again during the game.
Most telling about the loss is the post-game discussion in the Kings locker room, where players were debating which of the team's dunks should have made SportsCenter's top spot on Sunday night.
The two candidates:
* Donte Greene's putback behind-the-head dunk in the second quarter.
* Or Tyler Honeycutt's runaway slam in the face of Beasley near game's end.
"I jumped wrong," Greene said. "That's the only reason why I dunked it backwards. I mean, it worked. It looked good.
"It better be Number One (on SportsCenter). As long as Blake Griffin didn't do anything crazy, I think I'm going to be No. 1."
Unless...Honeycutt's jam beats him.
"They both should be on there," Kings rookie Isaiah Thomas said. "They probably won't be, but they should."
One other thing before I go this time:
I spent my post game writing and watching the Salt Lake Tribune's Brian T. Smith' tweets from the Jazz's victory over the Lakers in L.A., just the Lakers' third home loss in 22 games at Staples Center.
And it got me thinking...
Take a look at the Jazz's roster and you'll see a team not as far along in the rebuilding process that already has accumulated a collection of young talent that includes Derrick Favors, Gordon Hayward, Enes Kanter, Alec Burks and Jeremy Evans.
That group lacks a point guard and it lacks two players the calibre of Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio, but...
If you're building a franchise, would you rather have a group that seemingly has every position but point guard covered for the future or would you go with a Wolves nucleus that seems to have its point guard, power forward, center with Nikola Pekovic as well as Derrick Williams while perhaps having swung and missed on the likes of Beasley, Wes Johnson, Anthony Randolph and Martell Webster. Or do you still have hope for them?
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