The Minnesota Timberwolves are playing better than they have in a decade but the team’s real test comes on Wednesday.
Dwight Howard tried to get under the skin of Karl-Anthony Towns on Sunday night when the Charlotte Hornets invaded Target Center. As much as Howard tried to be a pest, it was Towns and the Minnesota Timberwolves that were the ones that were stinging in a 112-94 victory.
Towns was a rebound away from another double-double, but it was a team effort on Sunday evening. Six Timberwolves finished in double-digits while Andrew Wiggins was the only Minnesota player to reach 20 points.
To say it simply, the Wolves are playing pretty great basketball.
For this stretch it’s the best they have played in a decade. It’s probably likely the best the team has played since 2003-04, maybe with the exception of a quick stretch of brilliance of Kevin Love somewhere between then and now.
For this season the Timberwolves are currently 7-3, but their big test awaits them on Wednesday night. That’s when the Timberwolves will travel out to California and take on the Golden State Warriors. To say the least, that’ll be a tough matchup.
The Wolves haven’t had exactly a cakewalk so far this season, but they also haven’t played a murder’s row, either. Minnesota’s big wins so far come against a still-trying-to-find-themselves Oklahoma City Thunder twice… and it kind of drops off there to the likes of the Hornets, Miami Heat, New Orleans Pelicans and Utah Jazz.
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As much as I believe the Timberwolves have shown that they are for real this year, Minnesota also needs to show up on Wednesday night. Heck, the Timberwolves don’t even need to win, but they need to be competitive to truly show the rest of the NBA that they are a force to be reckoned with.
The Timberwolves can win the game and I hope they do, that would make the NBA a whole lot more exciting this year. For a baseline, though, the Timberwolves just can’t be embarrassing like they were in losses against the Indiana Pacers and Detroit Pistons.
Minnesota can currently just about outscore any team they want in the Association in order to win. That works against a lot of teams, but it’s not going to work on Wednesday. The real test for the Timberwolves is truly on Wednesday.
The Timberwolves and Warriors will tip off from Oakland on Wednesday at approximately 9:30 Central. They game can be seen around the country on ESPN, that’s when you know it’s a big game, and locally on FOX Sports North.