Recap: Kings 100, Wolves 93

11Nov07

The Wolves remain winless after losing to the Kings on Saturday night, 100-93. As with all of the games this season, there are a few positives to take away, but overall, the Wolves looked slow and didn’t seem to work as hard as they have in the previous four games.

The Wolves from the start looked slow, and didn’t move with a lot of energy. Nonetheless, they managed to stick with the Kings, but could never take over. The Kings in the fourth, game out strong, and put the game away. One of the main reasons for the loss, and the fourth quarter collapse, was that the Wolves got away from their gameplan.

Throughout the game, Jefferson seemed to get involved. But in the fourth, he seemed nonexistent, and they never really even attempted to get the ball inside to him. Jefferson did finish with 17 points and 12 rebounds, but early in the game, he seemed to score at will, and if the Wolves would have stuck with that gameplan, they might have won.

Another reason for the loss might have been the injury to Craig Smith. Before leaving with a sprained ankle, Smith had scored 10 points and collected 5 rebounds in just 18 minutes of play. His status for the next game is unknown, but lets hope he is okay.

The lineup remained the same as it was against the Lakers. Jaric started at the point, and did virtually nothing. He seemed to slow down the game even more, and finished with seven points. If the Wolves want to get Jaric playing time, it needs to be off the ball, because with his speed and ball handling, he isn’t meant to be a point guard.

Other than Jefferson and Smith, the key players where Theo Ratliff, who scored 14 points to go along with 7 boards, Corey Brewer, who scored 15 points to go along with 8 rebounds, and Rashad McCants, who off the bench scored 16 points.

The few positive signs were the free throws. While the Wolves were still outdone by a large margin, they shot most of their 24 free throws late in the second half when McCants and Brewer began to drive to the hoop (and Theo drawing contact inside).

Speaking of Brewer, he really came alive all-around. He drove to the hoop, and shot seven free throws. He also made a few nice shots close to the hoop. On defense he was just as good, and collected five rebounds plus his three hustle ones on offense.

Overall, it was somewhat of a step back for the Wolves. With most of their losses, there has been something that they have gained, but in this one they looked slow, and other than Brewer and the late-game free throws, we didn’t learn a lot more about this team.

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