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Continued: Defense isn't the only problem for Wolves

  • Article by: JERRY ZGODA , Star Tribune
  • Last update: October 9, 2013 - 2:51 PM

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Corey Brewer on Monday played 22 ½ minutes, the fewest among the Wolves’ five starters because Adelman wants to explore what else he has at small forward while Chase Budinger is out injured again until probably at least December.

Adelman looked at rookies Shabazz Muhammad and Robbie Hummel as well as camp-invitee Othyus Jeffers on Monday. But it makes sense that Brewer might start because of his defense even when Budinger is healthy, right?

“Maybe,” Adelman said, “but I was looking at it as, ‘What’s the best rotation you have?’ I don’t know how it would have worked out. Chase could have started and Corey would have come in at the 2 [shooting guard] or 3 [small forward] and given us energy.

‘‘That was just something we’d figure out as we went. It was nice we signed both of them with the way Chase went down.”

Etc.

• Adelman on playing camp-invitees A.J. Price and Jeffers — both of whom have been around the league a good bit — for the final 17 minutes Monday:

“A.J.’s played in the league, he knows what he’s doing. Othyus is the same way. Those guys have experience. They did a nice job. I didn’t plan on playing them 17 straight minutes, but thank goodness it didn’t go into a second overtime.”

• Expect Adelman to play rookies Gorgui Dieng, Lorenzo Brown and big man Chris Johnson against the Raptors after they didn’t play Monday.

 

Staff writer Amelia Rayno contributed to this report.

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