So close; Wolves lose 102-101

Cats’ guards obliterated the Wolves tonight

Two Positives:

Jonah: Ricky Rubio has desperately struggled in his return from ACL surgery. He’s voiced his own opinion on the team’s woeful stretch but he’s also found himself trenched in the middle of it all. He finally broke through with a solid offensive night, posting a 14-8 and five steals. A while back I wrote about Rubio’s offensive issues, more specifically is inability to finish strong at the hoop. With the game on the line, Rubio actually came through with the go-ahead layup with 29 seconds to go. It was a strong move that meant a lot to him not only within the game but as a confidence builder for games to come. The confidence comes back in waves and this game did was a healthy boost.

Tom: Here’s Chris Johnson doing awesome Chris Johnson-y things.

Two Negatives:

Jonah: Props to Wolves Radio for this assist, but the Wolves have allowed opponents to shoot 50% or more in six of the last nine games. Now that’s a testament to the current roster makeup, which is obviously alarming, yet the absence of Rick Adelman is certainly missing on the defensive end of the court. With a depressing mindset sprinkling in, the first ability to go is your defensive intensity; it’s not an aspect of many players’ games that they really want to exert energy and succeed at. But without a coach to fire up the squad and challenge them to defend, things only get worse. And that’s where we’re at.

Tom: Here’s JJ Barea doing awful, sad, depressing JJ Barea things.

Two Observations:

Jonah: The Charlotte Bobcats’ backcourt (Kemba Walker, Gerald Henderson, Ben Gordon and Ramon Sessions) torched the Wolves for 81 points on 51% shooting. Yowzas.

Tom: And here’s Gerald Henderson making a game-winning 3-pointer with just a few sec-… *sobs uncontrollably*

Next up: Wolves comes home to take on the Clippers on Wednesday night, 7 pm.

About Jonah Steinmeyer

Been a Wolves fan for probably way too long to be considered a sane human anymore. An avid golfer in my free time. I cheer for Minnesota sports but live in Florida.

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