Ricky Rubio on reeling Wolves: 'It's just awful'

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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Point guardRicky Rubio and coach Tom Thibodeau agree in their assessment that the reeling Minnesota Timberwolves "lack heart" after yet another loss Friday night.

The Detroit Pistonshad their way with Minnesota's struggling defense, hitting 14 of 29 3-pointers in a 117-90 victory as the Wolves lost for the seventh time in the last eight games. Fans booed early in the fourth quarter as the Pistons finished off a 31-10 run that sent most toward the exits.

The Timberwolves, mired in a 12-year playoff drought, haven't won at home since Nov. 17.

"We can accept making mistakes and [when we] don't make shots," Rubio said after the game. "Playing with no heart, with no desire, it's just awful. Right now, it's just bad.

"And it seems like we didn't care."

A "very concerned" Thibodeau said "everything is on the table" as he looks to fix things, including lineup changes for the 6-17 Wolves, who next face the Golden State Warriors on Sunday.

"I'm going to keep coming. I don't go away," Thibodeau vowed. "I'm going to look at everything, re-examine. Something's being missed. It's got to change.

"Something is not right. We have to find the answer to that."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.