Once on the cusp of being on pace to earn their first playoff berth in eight years, the Minnesota Timberwolves have lost three straight entering Monday's action, falling two games out of the West's final postseason seed. They've also lost rookie point guard Ricky Rubio along the way to a torn knee ligament, and though Rubio's passing and derring-do made up most of the youngster's headlines in his first season, his impressive defense and ability to hound the perimeter will be missed more than his 35 percent shooting.
It was that dodgy defense and decision-making that frustrated Wolves power forward Kevin Love to the edge of battiness in a loss on Sunday to the rebuilding Sacramento Kings. After a series of bad decisions on both sides of the ball from inconsistent guards J.J. Barea and Wayne Ellington, Love had to be restrained from going after Barea in the Minnesota huddle during the next timeout. Watch: