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.

Wolves don't wake up until the second half

Posted by: Kent Youngblood under Wolves postgame Updated: April 16, 2012 - 9:40 PM

  Rick Adelman is a pretty frustrated guy.

And who can blame him? Sure, the Timberwolves are beat up. But to come out and have the lack of effort the Wolves showed during the first half of Monday's 23-point loss to the Pacers? 

After a spirited performance at home against Oklahoma City, the Wolves came to play in Indiana, got punched in the mouth in the first few minutes of the game, and took two quarters to recover.

Adelman? He bemoaned the lack of effort on defense most. "We gave 'em easy opportunities," he said. "Flares to (Danny) Granger, passes and cuts for layups. I mean, we just stopped playing at that end."

Greetings. Kent Youngblood here. I covered the game tonight. Jerry will have tomorrow's game with the Grizzlies.

Here are a few more items from tonight's game:

--J.J. Barea finished with 14 points and nine assists. And just one turnover. Not bad, right? Well I find it interesting that he was a minus-28 tonight. That was worst on a team that included minus-27 ratings from both Nikola Pekovic and Anthony Randolph. Martell Webster was a minus-24 and Wes Johnson was a minus-12. 

--All the reserves save one had plus ratings tonight, with Malcolm Lee's plus-5 leading the way. Lee also had a career-high nine points. Guess who the reserve was who had a minus rating? Michael Beasley.

--Derrick Williams came off the bench for 13 points. He was one of the leaders in the fourth quarter when the Wolves cut the lead to 14. But he has to finish better. He was 3-for-15 tonight.

--Beasley had five turnovers to go with his six field goals. He had half of the team's turnovers.

--Brad Miller, playing in his home state for the last time, played a season-high 25:20. He scored five points, had a positive rating and had two assists. 

 

That's about all for now. Jerry will pick the team up tomorrow. Have a good night.

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