Adelman Back, Wolves Still Lose
The Timberwolves welcomed head coach Rick Adelman back to the sidelines on Wednesday night. Adelman had missed 11 games to attend to some family health problems. Sadly though, Adelman’s presence wasn’t enough to overcome one of the top teams in the West. The L.A. Clippers beat the Wolves 96-90.
The game was close throughout. J.J. Barea and Alexey Shved led an 8-2 run that tied the game in the fourth quarter. Then, Andrei Kirilenko’s layup gave Minnesota an 86-84 lead with four minutes to go. That lead wouldn’t hold up.
The Clippers got a big 3-pointer from Caron Butler to answer, and when Blake Griffin converted on a three-point play with 30 seconds left, the game was closed out.
Nikola Pekovic led the Wolves with 17 points while Kirilenko and Barea each had 14 points. At 17-25, the Wolves playoff hopes aren’t dead yet, but they are fading. Adelman said his team played hard, but just couldn’t come up with the win.