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 have season-worst collapse

Posted by: Kent Youngblood under Wolves postgame, Rookies Updated: April 22, 2012 - 10:00 PM

 After the Wolves blew a 21-point lead in Sunday's loss to the lowly Golden State Warriors -- a team starting four rookies -- guard J.J. Barea turned out some of the most compelling quotes of the season.

He said there were a bunch of guys on the team who didn't care, how the team wouldn't start winning until that changed and how upset he was at how a number of his teammates didn't take Sunday's loss very hard.

"We've got problems here," he said. "We have a lot of guys that don't care. On a basketball team when you have a bunch of guys who don't care it's tough to win games. We're going to keep getting (losses) here until we get players here who care about winning, about the team, about the fans."

Pretty strong words. Now, Barea is a veteran used to winning. And he did play 48 minutes Sunday with rookie Malcolm Lee getting sick before the game.

But he was also the guy guarding Charles Jenkins, who led the Warriors comeback.

Barea's comments will get tons of discussion in the Twin Cities media Monday. And they should. If you read between the lines of what coach Rick Adelman has been saying for a while now, you get the feeling that he's been suggesting the same thing. 

Sunday the Wolves played very well early, then stopped playing hard or playing together. Isn't that the same thing as not caring?

Here are some other impressions of Sunday's game:

 

--This isn't exactly breaking news, but I am now 100 percent convinced that a team with big-time aspirations can't have a guy like Anthony Randolph playing significant minutes. What a tease he is. He looked so good early in this game, scoring and getting blocks. But in the end he had four turnovers and he stopped playing defense. 

--Ditto, perhaps, for Michael Beasley. He played 25 1/2 minutes, shot 3-for-11. He had nine rebounds but his defense wasn't stellar either. 

--Boy does rookie Derrick Williams have a lot to work on this summer. His limp to the finish continued Sunday, when he played 11 1/2 minutes and made just one of five shots. 

 

That's about it for now. Have a good night.

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