Timberwolves Week 6
A quartet of games this week. First up are the Utah Jazz at Target Center. Then a home and home against the Knicks on Wednesday and Friday finishing up with a trip Charlotte to take on the Hornets. The old cliche is that every game is winnable but that's not pragmatic enough for my liking. There was little chance we were going to beat the Warriors on Saturday. Of these four I would say that the Hornets game is the most likely loss but I haven't seen the other two at all so they could both be worthy of consideration for that. But it starts on Monday against a division foe who are also looking to break into the playoffs so I'll start there as well!
Turn off that music
This one showed how little I actually know about the NBA overall. I would never have even guessed that the Utah Jazz were one of the top defensive teams in the association. I figured they were a good team but being able to play successful on both ends takes a team from good to great in a hurry. Which kind of means that the Timberwolves are still a bad team because they struggle on either end on any given...possession, really.
For whatever it's worth, the Pups managed to put it through the net for more points then the Jazz average to allow. The ballin music notes in turn put it through for 14 more points then their average.
Gordon Hayward has become WAY better of a player then I thought he would. Rudy Gobert is a stud. Heck even George Hill looked good. They are another example of an idea that I'm clinging too right now. Turn arounds don't have over a single off season.
As dislikable as it is to go into another draft lottery it seems inevitable for the howl. We've got our coach. We have our future all stars. It goes against the instant gratification of today's culture but it's going to take time. I hate to say it but Thibs should be given this year to coach, instill his culture, evaluate the talent that he wants to keep around and then come back next year much more set up for success.
Yeah, punting on another season in November doesn't sit well with me either but I want a ten year run of playoff appearances so giving the new coach one year to help get us there is not too much to ask.
The twelve year playoff drought is moot. We've overhauled the roster a dozen times - at least - in that span. This team has not missed the playoffs a dozen times. They've missed it once. So rubes may take exception to that idea but that's the approach this rube is taking for the remainder of the year!
Big Kat + Small Bench = Loss