TORONTO - On Sunday, Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman remarked how well the basketball moved in a victory over the winless Wizards in Washington. Kevin Love, in a postgame comment he clarified as "just kidding," attributed that fluidity to injured Michael Beasley's absence.
On Monday, Adelman was asked about Love's comment.
"I think all the players, coaches and myself, we're all in this together," said Adelman, who said he wasn't aware of Love's comment. "To put our offensive struggles on Michael is not really very realistic. The whole team has struggled and everybody on this team, we all have to look at each other and ask how we're going to get better.
"Everybody has their own little quirks, and I can name a lot of guys who haven't moved the ball for a lot of reasons. Our turnovers, our guys are trying to do some things maybe they can't do. They have to learn what that is, and Michael is no different in that area. We've got to trust each other and know that we've got each other's back."
Beasley, who turned 23 Monday, sprained his right foot in Friday's home loss to Cleveland and is out at least through Tuesday's game against Chicago.
Until his injury, Beasley had started the Wolves' seven games. Adelman was asked before Monday's game at Toronto whether he has considered converting Beasley to a sixth-man role that might better suit his, uh, offensive proclivities.
"I've talked about that since the summer," he said, referring to internal team discussions. "Right now, we're just trying to get going in the season. That's something we've always talked about because we weren't sure how we were going to play. But it's something we're going to address. We're going to look at everything."
Wolves rookie Ricky Rubio has been buddies with Toronto guard Jose Calderon for years. They play on the Spanish national team together. In fact, Rubio started for Calderon in that 2008 Olympic gold-medal game against the United States because Calderon was injured.
Rubio might like his guy even more after the two dined together in Toronto on Sunday night after the Wolves arrived from that afternoon's game in Washington.
"He pays," Rubio said with a smile before the two faced each other in an NBA game for the first time.
Maybe it was Amir Johnson's defense. Maybe it was the second of three games in three days. Whatever the reason, Adelman on Monday didn't see the player he knows in Love, who made only three of 16 field-goal attempts and five of 10 free throws.
"He just didn't look like he had the energy he needed tonight," Adelman said. "Guys are going to have that. It's an issue we're going to have to look at. He played a lot yesterday afternoon. Maybe we're going to have to go with a little different rotation and not play him as many minutes."
• Calderon helped limit Rubio to a 10 points, six assists, and four rebounds on 2-for-9 shooting after Rubio had recorded consecutive double-doubles his two previous games.
• Wolves reserve forward Anthony Randolph provided nine points in 14:46 minutes off the bench on Monday. Included was an explosive lefthanded dunk over Toronto's Ed Davis in the second quarter.