Timberwolves Loss To Raptors Shows Need For Lineup Change

Luke Ridnour vs Raptors (Yahoo!)

The Minnesota Timberwolves suffered a disappointed defeat to the Toronto Raptors on Monday night, the final score was 97-87.  The Timberwolves bench players consistently had to come from behind and pick up where the starters had faltered.   We’ve been hitting on this point all season that team simply looks much better with Ricky Rubio and Derrick Williams on the floor.  Ideally, you would like your basketball team to start strong, build up a lead, and have your role players hold down the fort while your studs get a breather.   Head coach Rick Adelman definitely knows that, but he might be giving guys such as Wes Johnson and Darko Milicic extra chances to prove how bad they are before reducing their roles significantly.

Game notes:

  • J.J. Barea made an impact in his first game back, scoring 16 points while hitting a couple of 3′s
  • The run in the 4th quarter when Rubio, Barea, and Williams were on the floor.   It looked like they were going to bring the Timberwolves back from a large defecit in the late 3rd quarter.  The Timberwolve built a big lead, but only to falter down the stretch.  Fatigue a factor?
  • Anthony Randolph’s huge dunk.   Speaking of extra minutes, why not get this man some more time?   The man has a pulse, unlike Darko!
  • The Timberwolves shot only 33% for the game.
  • Wes Johnson recorded another “0-for” night, missing all 5 of his shots.  It’s time coach….it’s time to make a point and sit him down.
  • Kevin Love had his first rough game of the season, only shooting 3 for 16. 

The game was tough to watch.  There was once again not a lot of flow to the action.  You can bet this has a lot to do with not a lot of time together as a team.  Rumors are swirling that Adelman may bring Michael Beasley off the bench in a 6th man role.  This might be better suited for Beasley, he can just come in and lead the 2nd unit in scoring.   I personally like this idea.  Assuming Williams gets the nod as starter, let’s hope Ricky is soon to follow as a full-time starter as well. 

A line-up of Rubio, Barea, Williams, Love, and I suppose Darko could get the team going much better than what we’ve seen.   Ridnour and Beasley could come in off the bench and provide some depth, while carrying the scoring load for the 2nd unit.  Johnson needs a different look, what he’s doing now is not even considered NBA-worthy caliber play.   Perhaps playing with the 2nd unit will do the trick?

The Timberwolves host the Chicago Bulls tonight at Target Center.  Back-to-back-to-back games?   Good luck men.

 

 

Topics: Chicago Bulls, Derrick Williams, Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves, Ricky Rubio, Toronto Raptors

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