Postgame: Barea goes out, Wolves lose by 19
- Blog Post by: Jerry Zgoda
- November 5, 2012 - 12:47 AM
The Wolves' list of injured grew from two to three Sunday night in Toronto, where J.J. Barea was lost after fewer than eight minutes of playing time because of "concussion-like symptoms" after he got hit hard while driving to the basket.
From TV replays, it looked like his head hit teammate Dante Cunningham's leg as he came down while scoring on a baseline drive midway through the second quarter.
That basket gave him nine points in just 7:35 and it got the Wolves within 35-34 with 7:27 left before halftime.
Without him -- and Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio, of course -- the Raptors outscored the Wolves the rest of the way 70-52 with superior guard play in which Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan and Minneapolis' own Alan Anderson combined for 62 points.
After the game, Barea said he remembered scoring the bucket, then doesn't remember much else until he "woke up" in the training room, talking to a doctor.
He was tested twice after the game -- he said he thinks he failed the first one and passed the second -- as part of the NBA's concussion policy through which he must be cleared before he can play again.
He is expected to be tested again on Monday morning in New York City.
He said after Sunday's game that he expects to play Monday night in Brooklyn, but he'll have to get approval from a league-appointed doctor before he can.
Without him, the Wolves' backcourt struggled, enough so that Rick Adelman went to a lineup of Will Conroy and Malcolm Lee in the backcourt and Alexey Shved presumably as a small forward by the time the Raptors had a double-digit lead late in the game.
Yes, it has only been two games, but Brandon Roy once again struggled to keep up with the pace of the regular season.
He had five of the Wolves' whopping 24 turnovers -- all of them in the first half, when his team had 16 turnovers alone to the Raptors' three. He also didn't take a shot in the first half and didn't make any of the three he eventually did take.
Is it just rust that Roy eventually will shake or is it two knees with no cartilage that won't allow him to keep up with a young, completely healthy guy like DeRozan or on Monday, Joe Johnson?
"Every game is going to be different," Adelman said. "It's not always going to be the same for him. It's going to take him some time. We know that. He's going to have a tough game here and there, as we are as a team and you've just got to respond.
"I really believe this team should respond. That's what I think they can do. We've got turn it around, Brandon and everybody, tomorrow and come out and play better."
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