Timberwolves players were talking about the need to be more physical after a 103-92 loss Tuesday night, Dec. 18, to the Miami Heat, even though they walked out of American Airlines Arena with an impressive advantage in three key categories.
The Wolves outrebounded the defending NBA champions 52-24, had 22 more points in the lane and 2got 9 more second-chance points.
Those numbers suggest the Wolves were pretty physical with the talented Heat, but they didn't show how LeBron James, Mario Chalmers and Shane Battier were able to get free most of the game to launch three-pointers or score in transition.
Perhaps the Wolves' 19 turnovers, including six by center Nikola Pekovic, had something to do with the Heat's open-court scoring opportunities.
"We didn't take care of the ball all night long," coach Rick Adelman said.
A weary Wolves team, playing its third game in four nights, couldn't keep up with the Heat's perimeter power and finished its two-night trip through Florida at 0-2, including Monday night's loss at Orlando.
Even healthy teams have a difficult time keeping the Heat from running. For the injury-plagued Wolves, the task is even harder. How do you slow down James, Dwyane Wade and the agile Chris Bosh with key players missing, and a few players on the floor not at full strength?
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