Is Love enough? With all the talk of tanking and trade talk it time to ask ourselves if Love is actually enough and whilst he is constantly compared to Blake when looking at stats Love looks to be the champ, however when looking at wins and the eye test one may say Blake looks better, and no before you say it its not all CP3 hes injured and Blakes still doing it.
Lets be honest its not looking great for Minnesota and for Love the words Franchise player seems to be slipping away, we had the rookie excuse, we had injured excuse we had no help and maybe we can still say that I mean lets be honest Rubio cannot shoot to save his life, but has he ever seen what a playoff is like?
Sometimes, when players don’t get what they want, they sulk. Or vent. Jose Juan Barea and Dante Cunningham wanted extra playing time in the loss on Wednesday, they didn’t get what they wanted, and so they removed themselves from late game team huddles and quickly exited the locker room after the contest. Wolves superstar Kevin Love didn’t get what he wanted – a win with all hands on deck – so he took to the press to call out his teammates after yet another frustrating loss.
From Jon Krawcyznski at the Associated Press:
”We can’t have two guys sitting at the end of the bench that play good minutes just sitting there and not getting up during timeouts,” Love said, referring to the poor body language exhibited by veterans J.J. Barea and Dante Cunningham in the fourth quarter. ”We all need to be in this together. That kind of (ticks) me off. We’re supposed to be a team.”
”It’s two guys that we expect more from them,” Love said. ”I think they expect more from themselves. I’m not trying to single anybody out and I don’t want to make it bigger than it is, but it’s just a team that we needed to beat tonight and we needed everybody in there, even guys that didn’t play any minutes. We need to have a team and a bench that’s really in it together.”
When players talk like this you can only say one thing, and please forgive me in advance but WHERE IS THE LOVE.
Barea appeared to sulk after being removed at the eight minute mark of the fourth quarter in the loss, but he’s usually subbed out for starting guard Ricky Rubio around this time anyway. Barea missed his only shot and turned the ball over once to zero assists in his short stint, but he did contribute eight points and two assists in extended first half action. His minutes, like Cunningham’s, have dipped this season along with his per-minute production, but both can be potentially blamed on Rubio missing part of 2012-13 after an ACL tear, and the natural decline that most waterbug 29-year old point guards tend to make as they age.
The pressure is waning and lets see can they make playoffs or is it actually time to start tanking if thats not already the plan, don’t get me wrong LOVE is so AWESOME he is an absolute beast and he hasn’t really ever had a close to all star near him and it doesn’t help he is in the west but there is only so long you can really make these excuses.