About an hour before the Timberwolves tipped off against the Toronto Raptors on Friday night, April 5, at Target Center, Wolves coach Rick Adelman appeared concerned. Adelman insisted he wasn't caught up in the anticipation of getting his 1,000th career win. He said he was more worried about his team "playing well." Maybe it was the instincts of 22 years as an NBA head coach or maybe Adelman really knows his team. In either case, his intuition was accurate. The Wolves did not play well during stretches of Friday's game, and Toronto walked off with a 95-93 victory in front of a disappointed crowd of 16,661 that was poised to celebrate Adelman becoming the eighth NBA coach with 1,000 wins. "Our coach deserves this number, but we can't go out on the floor and think we're going to get it easily," said forward Andrei Kirilenko, speaking from 11 years of NBA experience. "We had enough effort but not enough focus, especially in the third and fourth quarter." The only consolation for the Wolves (28-47) is that they don't have to wait long to atone for some key breakdowns. They can get Adelman to his milestone Saturday night at Target Center with a win over Detroit, a team they whipped by 23 points on March 26 in Auburn Hills, Mich. If the Wolves hadn't missed 10 free throws, including three in the final minute, 53 seconds, Adelman already would have his milestone.
Timberwolves' loss puts Rick Adelman celebration on hold
St. Paul Pioneer Press | Apr 6