J.J. Barea and the Minnesota Timberwolves Cry Wolf With Loss to Indiana Pacers

By Ryan Heckman
Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

One night after trouncing the NBAbest San Antonio Spurs, the Minnesota Timberwolves headed down a few state borders to take on the Indiana Pacers. Regarding Tuesday’s win over the Spurs, you may have heard something about a triple double. Ricky Rubio posted an incredible stat line as the banged-up Wolves beat up the banged-up Spurs.

One of the most encouraging stats from the Wolves came from the 3-point line. Minnesota shot 12-20 from beyond the arc against San Antonio, one of their best performances this season.

In Indiana, however, they failed to live up to that mark. The Wolves shot a  measly 6-19 from the 3-point line Wednesday night. The oddity of it all was that the same three guys who spearheaded that number on Tuesday completely fell apart on Wednesday against the Pacers. Luke Ridnour, J.J. Barea, and Alexey Shved combined to go 3-13 after torching the Spurs for 10-13 the previous night.

Minnesota’s 3-point struggles have been noted heavily this year, especially late in the season as injuries have taken their toll. The aforementioned guards have shown they’re capable of lighting it up one moment, but end up doing the exact opposite on many nights. It is going to be tough for the Wolves to get any more statement wins on the year without being able to compete in this category.

It would make sense that once star forward Kevin Love returns to action, some pressure would be taken off of these guys to score. Love is a career 35 percent 3-point shooter, which is in the upper echelon of the NBA big men. I know not of one player on the team who will not be ecstatic to see Love back on the court.

Hopefully, for the Wolves’ sake, their guards can comfortably get into a rhythm from there on out.

Ryan Heckman is a Minnesota Timberwolves writer and NBA contributor for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google

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