Minnesota Timberwolves star Kevin Love is frustrated with his teammates following Wednesday night’s 104-103 loss to the Phoenix Suns.
“We can’t have two guys sitting at the end of the bench, who play good minutes, just sitting there and not getting up at timeouts,” Love said, per Nate Sandel of 1500ESPN.com. “We all need to be in this together. That kind of pisses me off. We’re supposed to be a team.”
Up seven points with less three minutes remaining, the Wolves let the lead slip dropping to 17-18 on the season and 0-10 in games decided by four points or less, including their last four losses.
“It’s to a point that where those two guys, if and when I did that last year when maybe I didn’t sit out for the game for 48 minutes and so on and so forth, they would have killed me,” Love said. “They would have aired me out. It’s two guys we expect more from them, and 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. That was a team we needed to beat tonight. Even guys that didn’t play any minutes, we need to have a team on the bench that’s really in it together.”
According to Sandel, J.J. Barea and Dante Cunningham are the likely two players Love is frustrated with. Barea, who scored eight points in 13 minutes, was sent to the bench near the eight-minute mark in the fourth quarter. Meanwhile, Cunningham scored just three points and had and one rebound in a season-low 11 minutes.
“Somebody is maybe frustrated because he didn’t have the minutes he wanted or he wasn’t in the game in the late situation,” guard Ricky Rubio said. “If something happened, no matter if it’s Coach’s decision or whatever, you have to be with the team. I didn’t see that, but if (Love) says that he saw something. We would have to talk, because that’s even worse than losing the game. Not having the team together, that’s terrible. We have to be a team.”