Setting the stage:
The Pups come into the forthcoming week with an 18-19 record, falling to the Spurs last night and failing to get above .500 for roughly the 98th time this season. As I have stated a number of times in recent weeks, this team must go on a run and put together a string of victories and make up some ground on the teams ahead of them in the Western Conference.
The Wolves are currently in tenth place in the Conference, a game and a half behind the ninth seeded Denver Nuggets and three and a half games behind the Phoenix Suns and Dallas Mavericks for the seventh and eighth seeds. They have beaten the Mavs in two of three games this season, but have lost two already to the Nuggets and just lost to the Suns this past week. I’m no rocket scientist, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night … but that isn’t good.
Coach Adelman’s crew continues to put up points and allows their opponent to do the same. The team remains second in the league in scoring at 107ppg, but is giving up 102.4 points a night. It is more than a little concerning that the team either blows opponents out or loses close games. Some of this goes on the coaches, but the players have to find a way to execute and close out games. The returns of Ronny Turiaf and Chase Budinger may help this a bit, but the Wolves’ starters are really the ones accountable. [Read more...]