Wesley Johnson shot 6 for 12 from the floor tonight. Luke Ridnour shot 5 for 9, and 5 for 5 from the stripe. Martell Webster shot 3 for 6. Ricky Rubio shot 3 for 7, and Nikola Pekovic shot 6 for 12.
With this collection of players hitting 50 percent from the field, one would expect the Wolves to prevail over a sub-mediocre Phoenix Suns team. Unfortunately, the Wolves most-talented players Kevin Love, Michael Beasley and Derrick Williams combined for an 11 for 40 stink-bomb that left the team helpless even in an extended fourth quarter sequence when both Steve Nash and Marcin Gortat were on the bench doing Pilates.
Over his last four games Love is shooting 29.7 percent from the field. Over Ricky’s last five games, he’s hitting 26.1 percent of all shots.
The Wolves probably need more than just “competent wing play” to take this thing up a notch. Perhaps holding off on any desperate trades, and dumping big money at Eric Gordon in free agency is the best plan. This team needs somebody whose turnovers are made from aggressive plays that usually lead to good scoring opportunities; not careless travels or failed attempts at baiting a ref.
Or maybe I’m just worn down from this back-to-back-to-back even more than Ricky Rubio is. It wasn’t fun staying up late to watch an ass-kicking from the Lakers and a pitiful loss to the lottobound Suns. A much-needed off night tomorrow. Maybe we can get the first ever win over LaMarcus Aldridge on Saturday at Portland. That’d make up for this one. Until then.
Season Record: 18-19