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  1. #1
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    Feb 2006
    Small town in Central MN

    Beasly will not go on road trip

    Kent Youngblood of the Star-Tribune posted this from Wolves practice today:

    Upon arriving I was told that Michael Beasley had an MRI. which confirmed he had a right mid-foot sprain. He will not travel with the team and will not be re-evaluated until after the team returns.

    J.J. Barea, meanwhile, felt good enough about his hamstring to take part in practice and he might be available tomorrow.

    So, the obvious question: Who will start in Beasley's place? And how will that affect the rest of the starters and the rotation?

    Coach Rick Adelman said he hadn't decided yet. Or, perhaps, he had decided not to tell us yet. But here's how it looks. If the Wolves want to go with a smaller lineup, I think Wes Johnson could see some time at the small forward position. Of course, then the question is, who will start at shooting guard? Would that mean Ricky Rubio could make his first start alongside Luke Ridnour in the backcourt? "We'll consider anything at this point," Adelman said. "I haven't thought about it that far. But you know, we'll figure it out as we go."

    If the Wolves are looking for a bigger lineup, rookie Derrick Williams would be in line for a start, or at least increased playing time. Anthony Tolliver would also fit into that mix.

    "I don't know who it's going to be right now," Adelman said. "It will be either Wesley or Derrick. We've been talking about it. We'll decide tomorrow."

    Other nuggets from today:

    --Adelman said he is currently facing his biggest challenge as an NBA coach, given the job of turning around the team and the lack of practice time to do it. "The stuff we're running, we're not getting anything to what I'm normally used to seeing," he said. "I truly believe it's just we haven't had a chance to drill it in. We've had such a short time. And maybe it's my fault for not realizing it and ... putting too much in."

    --Tolliver said he had more belief this team would turn things around than he did at any time last season. "I know last night we reverted a little bit, didn't really play well," he said. "It's going to happen sometimes in this league. You'll have some bad games. But the real question is how are you going to react? How will you respond? We'll see what we're made of these next couple games and go from there."

    --Rubio said teams are already starting to play him a little differently. That's the result of the scouting teams do. It didn't take long for teams to start adjusting their defenses for the crafty Rubio. "In the beginning they didn't know me," he said. "They didn't watch me too much. But after two or three games they know me better and they know which are my weaknesses and they try to do what they have to do to win. I have to improve, see what I can do, to help this team."

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    I think pretty much everyone's ready to see a new starting lineup. It will be interesting to see where they go, not only while Beasley's out, but when he returns.

    I'm also curious to see if Webster, or Malcolm Lee can provide anything for us this year. It might take them sometime to catch up, but I think both could really help us right now. We're pretty thin in the backcourt at the moment, but if we can get everyone healthy we might be alright this season.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2006


    I certainly hope its Derek Williams.

    I assume Adelman's concerns about Williams at the three are defensive in nature. Still, I can't imagine his defense can be markedly worse than Beasley's right now. And beyond that, matchup wise, over the next three games he'd be starting against Rashard Lewis, Rasual Butler, and Luol Deng. None of whom are guys that are really going to blow by guys on the dribble. Frankly, these are three of the best match-ups that Williams could hope for in getting his feet wet as a starter in the NBA, as long as he doesn't lose his guy, and closes them out on shots, he should be fine.

    On the other hand, if Wes is moving to the 3, that means either Ridnour or Ellington start at the 2 against Nick Young, DeMar DeRozan, and Rip Hamilton, all of which looks like total destruction to me at the position.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    I haven't really seen anything that indicates replacing Beasley with Williams is going hurt them on defense.

    And although I'm a little suprised by how out of control and inexperienced Williams has been on offense at times...again probably still an improvement over Beasley's tunnel vision and poor decision making.

    There is no doubt Rubio and Barea should start at PG/SG, but it's an injury/depth issue which will probably prevent it, Wes has shown 0 improvement while Lee and Wesbster are recovering from surgery.

  5. #5
    Wolves will start Wes at 3, Wayne at 2 today vs Wizards.


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