A frustrated Kevin Love had a bone to pick with his Minnesota Timberwolves teammates after losing to the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night 104-13.
“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, talking about J.J. Barea and Dante Cunningham. ”We all need to be in this together. That kind of pisses me off. We’re supposed to be a team.”
The Timberwolves met Thursday at the Target Center for a film session and to go over Tuesday night’s loss. The team discussed the game, trying to put the home loss behind them.
Love was likely more frustrated with his own play and used the two veterans as scapegoats, though, as he made just four of his 20 attempts, and went 0-3 in the fourth quarter.
“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.”
Love didn’t name either veteran player by name when discussing the issue, but it was obvious which two players he was talking about when Barea and Cunningham were the only two on the bench. Both Barea and Cunningham had already left the arena by the time Love made his comments.
The Timberwolves are sitting at a 17-18 losing record.
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