Did Love's comments spark the Wolves' bench?

  • Article by: JERRY ZGODA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 3, 2014 - 1:11 AM

 

On Monday, Timberwolves star Kevin Love publicly called out his team’s bench and its five-point performance in that night’s loss to Dallas, calling the reserves’ meager output unacceptable.

Late Wednesday, backup point guard J.J. Barea said he didn’t like Love’s public comments, even though he acknowledges they might have helped inspire 42 points of bench production in a runaway victory over New Orleans.

And on Thursday, Wolves coach Rick Adelman weighed in on the subject.

“I think it’s something they need to talk out,” Adelman said. “I don’t think that anybody can deny that five points isn’t going to do it for us. It’s the way you do it. Like Kevin said, I don’t think it was malicious.

‘‘Sometimes it’s best they talk it out themselves, and that’s what we keep talking about. That’s when the leadership and chemistry come together. I think those guys know what Kevin was talking about. I saw what J.J. said. Things happen during the season.”

Adelman said he and his players talked about the matter at practice Thursday.

“They’re fine,” Adelman said. “You see other guys in this league on other teams, they’ll say things. As long as they talk it out off the court and out of newspapers, then things will work out. I don’t think anybody took it one way or the other. These guys need to talk to each other. They need to hold each other accountable.

“I only have six timeouts. You can’t call 20 timeouts in a game. When they’re talking to each other, you learn as a team.”

Budinger return ‘close’

Wolves forward Chase Budinger and center Ronny Turiaf practiced together with teammates in 4-on-4, full-court contact scrimmaging Thursday. Adelman said the return for either player isn’t imminent, but called Budinger’s return approaching.

The Wolves will practice again Friday. When asked if Budinger might play Saturday against Oklahoma City now that he has been cleared for contact practices for more than two weeks, Adelman said about the team’s medical staff, “That’s not what they said. They’ll just keep evaluating him. I don’t ask. They’re going to keep seeing him go full court, talk to his doctor and make a decision when we can actually play him in a game. I think they’re getting close, I really do.”

Mbah a Moute monitor

The Wolves practiced Thursday but didn’t ask much of their starters or backup forward Luc Mbah a Moute, who left Wednesday’s game after he injured his groin. Adelman said Mbah a Moute will be re-evaluated at Friday’s practice.

“It’s all right,” Mbah a Moute said after receiving treatment following Thursday’s practice. “I tried to come back and finish the game, but I couldn’t really run. Obviously, anytime you have an injury you want to make sure you take care of it. We’re watching it. We’ll see how it goes.”

Decisions, decisions

The NBA’s Jan. 10 date for guaranteeing contracts for the rest of this season is just a week away. The Wolves must decide by then whether to guarantee the contracts for Robbie Hummel and A.J. Price, the only two players on the 15-man roster not signed to fully guaranteed contracts.

The Wolves’ options: Guarantee the contract, waive the player and re-sign him or another player to a 10-day contract or include the contract in a trade to a team seeking salary-cap or luxury-tax relief. NBA teams can start signing players to 10-day contracts Monday.

When asked if he’ll simply guarantee both players’ contracts, Wolves basketball boss Flip Saunders was noncommittal and said trade talks throughout the league have started to percolate after being quiet up until now.

  • related content

  • Zgoda: Budinger 'close,' Mbah a Moute hurting for Wolves

    Thursday January 2, 2014

    Wolves face Thunder team Saturday that on Thursday lost its second consecutive home game

  • Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) drives into Minnesota...

  • After Kevin Love’s comments about the bench’s poor performance vs. Dallas, the bench came up with 42 points against New Orleans.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Los Angeles - WP: C. Kershaw 14 FINAL
Chicago Cubs - LP: E. Jackson 5
Boston - WP: J. Tazawa 5 FINAL
Baltimore - LP: D. O`Day 3
Milwaukee - LP: J. Broxton 2 FINAL
Pittsburgh - WP: J. Holdzkom 4
Toronto - LP: M. Buehrle 3 FINAL
NY Yankees - WP: H. Kuroda 5
Washington - WP: D. Fister 3 FINAL
Miami - LP: T. Koehler 2
Chicago WSox - WP: J. Quintana 4 FINAL
Tampa Bay - LP: J. Hellickson 3
NY Mets - WP: Z. Wheeler 5 FINAL
Atlanta - LP: J. Teheran 0
Cleveland 4 Bottom 9th Inning
Minnesota 4
Detroit 10 Bottom 8th Inning
Kansas City 1
Seattle 9 Bottom 8th Inning
Houston 3
Arizona - LP: C. Anderson 3 FINAL
Colorado - WP: J. Lyles 15
Cincinnati - LP: D. Holmberg 1 FINAL
St. Louis - WP: J. Lackey 2
Philadelphia 1 Top 6th Inning
Oakland 3
Texas 7 Bottom 3rd Inning
LA Angels 0
San Francisco 0 Bottom 3rd Inning
San Diego 5
San Diego 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Buffalo
Dallas 9/21/14 12:00 PM
St. Louis
Washington 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Philadelphia
Houston 9/21/14 12:00 PM
NY Giants
Minnesota 9/21/14 12:00 PM
New Orleans
Tennessee 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Cincinnati
Baltimore 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Cleveland
Green Bay 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Detroit
Indianapolis 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Jacksonville
Oakland 9/21/14 12:00 PM
New England
San Francisco 9/21/14 3:05 PM
Arizona
Denver 9/21/14 3:25 PM
Seattle
Kansas City 9/21/14 3:25 PM
Miami
Pittsburgh 9/21/14 7:30 PM
Carolina
Chicago 9/22/14 7:30 PM
NY Jets
NY Giants 9/25/14 7:25 PM
Washington
(5) Auburn 20 FINAL
(20) Kansas State 14
Connecticut 14 FINAL
So Florida 17
Old Dominion 9/20/14 11:00 AM
Rice
Troy 9/20/14 11:00 AM
(13) Georgia
Georgia Tech 9/20/14 11:00 AM
Virginia Tech
Eastern Mich 9/20/14 11:00 AM
(11) Michigan State
Iowa 9/20/14 11:00 AM
Pittsburgh
Bowling Green 9/20/14 11:00 AM
(19) Wisconsin
Maryland 9/20/14 11:30 AM
Syracuse
Tulane 9/20/14 11:30 AM
Duke
Hawaii 9/20/14 1:00 PM
Colorado
Marshall 9/20/14 1:00 PM
Akron
North Carolina 9/20/14 2:30 PM
East Carolina
Army 9/20/14 2:30 PM
Wake Forest
Virginia 9/20/14 2:30 PM
(21) BYU
(6) Texas A&M 9/20/14 2:30 PM
SMU
Rutgers 9/20/14 2:30 PM
Navy
Central Mich 9/20/14 2:30 PM
Kansas
Utah 9/20/14 2:30 PM
Michigan
Florida 9/20/14 2:30 PM
(3) Alabama
Louisville 9/20/14 2:30 PM
FIU
Fla Atlantic 9/20/14 3:00 PM
Wyoming
Indiana 9/20/14 3:00 PM
(18) Missouri
San Jose St 9/20/14 3:00 PM
Minnesota
Texas State 9/20/14 3:00 PM
Illinois
Massachusetts 9/20/14 3:00 PM
Penn State
Georgia State 9/20/14 5:00 PM
Washington
Appalachian St 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Southern Miss
Miss State 9/20/14 6:00 PM
(8) LSU
Northern Ill 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Arkansas
Middle Tennessee 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Memphis
Utah State 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Arkansas State
Miami-Ohio 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Cincinnati
Idaho 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Ohio U
Ball State 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Toledo
(14) So Carolina 9/20/14 6:30 PM
Vanderbilt
(4) Oklahoma 9/20/14 6:30 PM
West Virginia
Ga Southern 9/20/14 6:30 PM
South Alabama
UNLV 9/20/14 7:00 PM
Houston
(22) Clemson 9/20/14 7:00 PM
(1) Florida State
Miami-Florida 9/20/14 7:00 PM
(24) Nebraska
New Mexico 9/20/14 7:00 PM
New Mexico St
California 9/20/14 9:00 PM
Arizona
Louisiana 9/20/14 9:30 PM
Boise State
(2) Oregon 9/20/14 9:30 PM
Washington St
San Diego St 9/20/14 9:30 PM
Oregon State
Texas Tech 9/25/14 6:30 PM
(25) Oklahoma State
Appalachian St 9/25/14 6:30 PM
Ga Southern
(12) UCLA 9/25/14 9:00 PM
(15) Arizona State
Middle Tennessee 9/26/14 7:00 PM
Old Dominion
Fresno State 9/26/14 7:00 PM
New Mexico
(1) Florida State 9/27/14 2:00 AM
NC State
Duke 9/27/14 2:00 AM
Miami-Florida
North Carolina 9/27/14 2:00 AM
(22) Clemson
Colorado 1 1st Half 5:00
Real Salt Lake 3
Toronto 18 6:16
Brt Columbia 8
Edmonton 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Hamilton
Calgary 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Montreal
Ottawa 9/21/14 3:00 PM
Saskatchewan
Montreal 9/26/14 6:00 PM
Ottawa
Saskatchewan 9/26/14 9:00 PM
Edmonton
Hamilton 9/27/14 5:30 PM
Winnipeg
Brt Columbia 9/27/14 8:30 PM
Calgary
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: How many games will the Timberwolves win this season?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close