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Postgame: Where has all the energy gone?

  • Blog Post by: Kent Youngblood
  • April 9, 2012 - 11:54 PM

 It started with coach Rick Adelman. Then the players, one after another. 

After the Wolves got blown out at home by the Suns Monday, everybody was talking about the lack of energy the Wolves brought to this game, particularly on defense.

Everybody talked about how the Wolves had to finish the season strong, bring more energy. But how to they do it? Guess we'll have to wait and see.

This is the low point, it really is. And not just because it was the most lopsided loss by the team this year. The Suns had energy, the Wolves none. The Suns bench was bursting with it, the Wolves bench not so much.

Here is Kevin Love:  “Just…a lot of letdowns,” he said after scoring 25 points with 13 rebounds. “It’s hard to get out there and see there is no energy. We’ve put so much time and effort into the season, it’s tough, saddening to me, tough for the fans. We need to find a way, in these last games, to pick ourselves up.”

I just don't see that happening, not with the slate the Wolves have coming up. The Suns were above 58 percent shooting at one point in the fourth quarter. It was such a laugher that none of the Suns starters played in the fourth quarter. 

The team is not practicing tomorrow, instead flying out early to Denver. Ricky Rubio will meet with the media to update us on his post-surgery rehab.

Here are a few more observations from tonight:

--I'm not breaking news here, but the Wolves just cannot get into any offensive flow with rookie Malcolm Lee running the second unit. It's not all his fault -- he's learning this on the fly -- but the Wolves' second unit was brutal tonight.

--How one-sided was this? Steve Nash played just 26 minutes, had 14 points and just five assists. And his team won by 24 points.

--Love had 13 rebounds tonight and Martell Webster had seven. Nobody else had more than three.

--The Wolves have now lost six straight. The margins in those games? They lost to Boston by 21, to Portland by 13, Sacramento by 8, Golden State by 3 and at New Orleans by 9. The average margin in those six games? 13 points. 

 

That's about it for now. I'll get back to you tomorrow after Rubio talks.

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