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Timberwolves guard J.J. Barea (11)

Gus Ruelas, Associated Press

No carryover from Kings loss

  • Article by: JERRY ZGODA
  • Star Tribune
  • March 20, 2012 - 12:32 AM

OAKLAND, CALIF. - The Timberwolves moved on Monday night at Golden State from Sunday's convincing loss at Sacramento and from that sideline tiff involving Kevin Love and J.J. Barea during a fourth-quarter timeout.

The two players did so with a first-quarter exchange Monday when they smiled and patted each other on the head after Barea threw a pass a mile over Love's head and out of bounds.

Of course, it helped that the Wolves were leading by 12 points at the time rather than getting thumped like they were Sunday.

"I talked to both of them and they said all the right things, I don't think it's an issue," Wolves coach Rick Adelman said. "I don't think it happens all the time and I don't think it's something that should happen, especially on the bench. You can have people get upset. It's more emotion that went over the top. I'd rather see us with that type of emotion during the course of a game trying to do something."

Ricky Rubio's season-ending knee injury cost the Wolves their best offensive creator and defensive disrupter. Without him, they are also missing the distributor who keeps everybody happy, which Love clearly wasn't with Barea's decision-making and shot selection in Sacramento.

"There's no doubt he was the catalyst in the way we played and what we did," Adelman said. "But he's not going to come back until next year."

Miller to retire

If anybody was really wondering ... Wolves veteran center Brad Miller said before Monday's game at Golden State that he will retire at the end of the season.

Miller has played just 43 minutes in seven games this season on a knee surgically repaired last May after the Wolves acquired him in a draft-night trade last summer.

The Wolves could have bought out his $5 million contract next season for a fraction of that, which made his return unlikely anyway.

Wolves boss David Kahn said he would like to keep Miller with the organization in some capacity if he's interested.

Asked if a Yahoo! Sports report about his retirement was new, Miller said: "Not to me. It has been great, but ..." He said his body won't allow him to play anywhere beyond this season except "the 35-year-old league at the Y."

Mulling over Mullin

Timberwolves broadcaster Jim Petersen and the team's director of athletic performance, Mark Grabow, were among the many dignitaries invited on the court for the Warriors' halftime ceremony Monday when former star Chris Mullin's No. 17 jersey was retired.

Petersen played with Mullin at Golden State. Grabow is a close friend who worked for the Warriors for 23 years before being hired by the Wolves last year.

"This is a great night and it's an honor to be here," Petersen said.

New injury for Barea

Add Barea to the Wolves' list of the wounded and hurting. The guard had the thumb on his swollen right, shooting hand taped up before Monday's game. He said he jammed it reaching for a ball late in Sacramento.

Asked how that thumb and tape job might affect his shooting, Barea said: "We'll see. My shooting wasn't that great lately anyway."

Also in attendance

Former Warriors players Tim Hardaway, Mitch Richmond, Sarunas Marciulionis and Rod Higgins and former coach Don Nelson joined Petersen and Grabow in honoring Mullin. So, too, did former Warriors Al Attles, Rick Barry, Tom Meschery and Nate Thurmond, all of whom have had their numbers retired by the franchise. Nelson was one of the seven candidates interviewed for the Wolves coaching job last summer.

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