The Minnesota Timberwolves lost on Saturday and it’s okay to get a little emotional about it.
The Minnesota Timberwolves lost on Saturday to the Phoenix Suns. If you haven’t paid attention to the happenings around the NBA too much this season, you should the game is fun, but the Suns have already fired their head coach and traded away their best player. The new and improved Timberwolves team lost to that collection.
That is not new and improved. That is the Timberwolves we have all been watching basically since the 2004-05 season.
I saw all across Twitter land from writers and experts, who are a lot smarter than me, say that there was no need to panic after the Timberwolves’ loss to Phoenix. I am here to tell you that it is alright to panic. You are allowed to panic and we maybe should.
Let’s not paint the picture prettier than it needs to be, the Timberwolves had a lead in the closing minutes of the game against Phoenix and blew it. The defense is absolutely atrocious especially with the young stars of Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins and that atrocity showed in Arizona.
The Timberwolves looked embarrassing earlier in the season when they were without Jimmy Butler. A loss to a good and still underrated Detroit Pistons team is acceptable, but during that stretch the Wolves were blown out by the Indiana Pacers at Target Center. Being blown out by a weak opponent from the lesser conference is something that a playoff team can let happen.
Speaking of Butler, he hasn’t been scoring this season at all. He did score 25 against the Suns but all that did was result in a Timberwolves loss. Butler recently said that’s he going to start scoring now, but it’s not like there is a magic wand that will instantly get Butler 20-plus points a game and not disrupt something else.
There’s obviously going to be some growing pains when the starting lineup only has two returning players, but, geez, the Wolves need to learn to close out a game. Minnesota has made almost all of their victories come down to the wire and that practice has really only bit them against Phoenix. If they keep doing that, it’ll bite more and more.
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There is another reason it is alright to panic: it shows that you care as a Timberwolves fan and observer. If this happened in any of the last 13 seasons, a lot of people wouldn’t have cared or probably have even noticed. If you have people panicking about your team that means people actually care. People actually want this team to succeed and they are actually invested for the first time this decade.
Nobody needs my permission to panic, but if you need someone to tell you that you can, well, I am here to tell you just that. Don’t let mediocrity settle in again around this team. It’s alright to panic. If there’s isn’t just a touch of panic going throughout the Timberwolves’ offices, it’s going to be a long winter.
The Timberwolves will try to make us not hit the panic button when they play next on Monday night. The Wolves will be in Salt Lake City to take on the Utah Jazz.