Minnesota Timberwolves are showing signs that they are for real

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The Minnesota Timberwolves are winning and showing signs that this team is for real.

It’s well known that the Minnesota Timberwolves haven’t been the most successful franchise, especially in the last decade. Minnesota has had some good players in that time, reunited with Kevin Garnett and such but nothing seemed to ever fully ignite the fire of this team. The signs are now showing that this Timberwolves team is for real, though.

The Timberwolves have three stars on their team: Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins and Jimmy Butler. While Butler is the only one of the three to make an All-Star team, it is no secret that Towns is the main cog to the machine of a winning Timberwolves team. That cog wasn’t exactly fully functioning against the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday. The combination of DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis shutdown their fellow Kentucky Wildcat brother and held him to only two points. The Timberwolves still won, though.

If Towns would have only scored two points against that squad last year, the Timberwolves lose by probably at least 20. This year, Minnesota still found a win to end up on top in New Orleans. That’s impressive. Not many teams can go a whole game without getting much of an impact from their stud and still win.

Another sign of the Timberwolves being for real is the win streak the team currently finds themselves on. Going into Sunday, the Timberwolves have won four straight which doesn’t seem like a whole much, but it is for Minnesota. The last time the Timberwolves were on a four game winning streak was from December 7-15, 2012.

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Think of all the things that have changed since then in the world. During the last four game winning streak: Barack Obama was just elected for his second term as President, Taylor Swift was still considered primarily a country act and Karl-Anthony Towns was only a junior in high school.

Times flies when you are having fun… fun might not be the way to describe those years for the Wolves, I suppose.

The season isn’t even a month old but things are starting to formalize around the league. As things shape up, look for the Timberwolves to be right in the mix all season long.

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The Timberwolves look to make it five in a row when they take on the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday night at Target Center. After that the Wolves will hit the road and will kick off a three game road trip with a matchup against the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday.