Postgame comments Friday night, Feb. 8, by Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman reflect an increasingly somber stretch for the team.
"If we keep playing like that, we're going to win some games," Adelman said after the Wolves' 100-94 loss to New York at Target Center.
The problem with Adelman's assessment is that the Wolves (18-29) usually will put up a good battle, even against more talented teams, but the outcome might be the same as long as the Wolves don't have a go-to player like Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony.
Anthony scored 12 of his game-high 36 points in the fourth quarter to help the Knicks (32-16) erase an 11-point deficit midway through the period and hand the Wolves their 14th loss in 16 games.
With Kevin Love (hand), Brandon Roy (knee) and Andrei Kirilenko (strained quad) sidelined, the Wolves are missing a player they can count on in late-game situations.
Another remark by Adelman might be more revealing: "We have to find a way to make plays in the last three or four minutes."
The Wolves led 87-76 with 7:16 left in the fourth quarter after a Derrick Williams jump shot and appeared to be ready to close out the Knicks. What happened next illustrates Adelman's concerns.
Without a go-to player, another one slips away
St. Paul Pioneer Press | Feb 9