Jan 23, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves acting head coach Terry Porter against the Brooklyn Nets at the Target Center. The Nets defeated the Timberwolves 91-83. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Rockets Slap A Timberwolves Down, 107-89

Minnesota Timberwolves acting head coach Terry Porter’s post game press conference focused on what he felt was a singular problem his team had in their Monday night loss to the Houston Rockets.

They couldn’t hit shots. It was a brutal 35% shooting night for the Wolves. Alexey Shved came in and played nice. He hit 4-10 shots. Luc Richard Mbah a Moute came in and played nice. He hit 5-6 shots. Those guys came off the bench, though.

Ricky Rubio started and was probably the Wolf who played with the most energy — but, again, shots — Rubio shot 2-10 from the field. Chase Budinger followed a nice effort against the Portland Trail Blazers with a 5-14 night.

J.J. Barea shot 1-9.

Wolves had 11 points in the fourth and turned it over an ungodly amount.

Terry Porter is not going to coach the Wolves on Wednesday, as the Wolves expect Rick Adelman to return. But Nikola Pekovic is probably out until after the All-Star break and Kevin Martin is on the shelf for the indefinite future.

The Wolves are now four games below .500.

Things is bleak in Minnesota. I’m not gonna entertain thoughts of trading Shved, Barea or Dante Cunningham for help. Who could Minnesota obtain that would help in exchange for those pieces? Things be bleak. There is every possibility the Wolves will stand pat and wait for Budinger’s health to come around, Pek to come back and Barea will make everyone pine for Luke Ridnour’s expiring contract to come back.

Kevin Love played 37 minutes, shot 9-23 from the field, 1-6 from deep, 12-12 from the line and finished with 10 rebounds, an assist and a steal. It’s tempting to read the trade rumors and cower in fear over his impending exit, but the fact is Love is playing without Pek and the Wolves second-leading scorer — these are the definition of tough times.

Wolves play again Wednesday when the (also decimated by injuries) Denver Nuggets come to town.

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