Adelman missed three weeks to help his wife, whose condition is unknown, and during that time, the Timberwolves lost nine of 11 games. They dropped 4.5 games out of the eighth spot in the Western Conference standings and need to make a Goliath-like push to make that spot with all of the good teams in the West.
They have had their hiccups during Adelman’s absence, such as injuries to Kevin Love and an unhappy Ricky Rubio after being benched.
Love is the team’s best player and to be playing without him, the Timberwolves are already at a disadvantage. Not to mention the fact that Brandon Roy came out of retirement to play for the T-Wolves and was expected to be a big pick-up, but he has played just five games this season.
Rubio lashed out after a fourth quarter benching a week ago by acting-head coach Terry Porter. He was unhappy that Porter took him out for the entire fourth quarter while J.J. Barea played in his place.
Rubio is still trying to recover from a knee injury ended his season early in March of 2012, but he said that had nothing to do with why he was benched. His knee has been less than 100%, but says he is on his way to getting back to full potential.
If Rubio and Love can remain healthy and catch fire like they did last year, becoming a dangerous one-two punch, the Timberwolves will be a tough team to beat in the second half of the season.