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Frustration setting in as Wolves lose another close game at home to Sacramento

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The Wolves dropped another game by less than four points with their 102-99 loss to Sacramento at Target Center on Wednesday night and in turn the pressure and frustration are mounting.

"It was a poor game on our part. It took us 3, 3-1/2 quarters to go out there and challenge them," Adelman said. "We aren't going to win that way."

Adelman went on to say that things have been at critical mass since the end of December and that the noise about dropping games against teams they should beat is just that and when you are a team below .500, he is right.

" It's not overlooking, trust me, why are we overlooking anyone? We are below .500," Adelman said. "We talked about that team, they had lost a ton of games early and they've beaten Miami and they've beaten Portland. They've beaten Phoenix twice. What would give us the right to overlook them?"

Trailing by double digits the majority of the fourth quarter, Kevin Love sank back to back three pointers to make the game a one possession game but the Wolves attempt to tie fell short as J.J. Barea's three-pointer missed the mark.

Love led the way with 21 points and 11 rebounds, but the story of the game came in the return of Derrick Williams who made his way back to the Target Center and torched his former team for 16 points in 27 minutes. Rudy Gay led all scorers with 30 points and Demarcus Cousins got the better of Nikola Pekovic in the paint scoring 16 points and grabbing 11 rebounds.

Ricky Rubio spent the entire fourth quarter on the bench and had as many turnovers (5) as he did points (5). Meanwhile, Alexey Shved who spent the majority of the first half of the season in the Adelman doghouse played his the best game of the season scoring 13 points and pulling down five rebounds while dishing four assists.

At 18-20, the Wolves lacked the energy and allowed the Kings to do what they wanted to do offensively.

"It's like I said, we're just kind of going up and down the court and not imposing our will on them," Adelman said. "We kind of reacted to everything they did and we didn't force the issue on them at all, on either end."

The Wolves travel to Toronto on Friday before returning home to face Utah on Saturday night. They then go on the road for four straight including a back-to-back against Golden State and Portland.

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