The result of the game was already known, theonly thing in doubt was the score. J.J. Barea drove to the basket and as he hasdone hundreds of times against guys bigger than he is drew contact and fell tothe floor. Barea missed his shot and sat on the floor as the play moved to theother end. He slowly got up and sauntered back on defense glaring at theofficial the entire way. The resulting 5-on-4 gave the Spurs a layup and an 11point lead.
It is typical of the Wolves game right now. Miss a shot in close and look foran official to bail you out with a foul call. When it doesn't come, cry, whineand bitch about the fact thatyou didn't get the call.
Ricky Rubio picked up a technical foul from vet attention seeking official JoeCrawford in last night's game against San Antonio when the Spaniard threw hishands up in disgust when a whistle wasn't blown. We are seeing the same thingwith rookie Alexey Shved which didn't take too long either.
The problem with Rubio and Shved is they haven't built up enough equity toopenly complain about the officiating, and Barea is known for using his body todraw offensive fouls and creating contact. (Note: I am stopping just short ofcalling Barea a flopper)
Never, not one time has complaining as much as this team complains, producedany sort of benefit. Late in the game, Crawford called a lane violation against the Wolves givingthe Spurs another free-throw. Adelman had words for the vet official who firedback ‘what do you want me to do?'
The Wolves picked up another lane violation later in the fourth quarter provingthis team is more interested in showing up the officials than actually playinga full 48 minutes of fundamental basketball.
If I am Bill Adelman I have many messages for my team that has won 2 games in15, but my first message is simple.
Just shut up and play.