It appears that the Minnesota Timberwolves might be finally putting it together as a team.
The Minnesota Timberwolves found themselves down by 14 points in the second half on Wednesday night again the Denver Nuggets. Over the past decade, you’d know what the result of the game would be after hearing the previous statement. This is a new team, a different team and a team that made a comeback and defeated their division rival.
The Northwest Division has been tough for the Wolves in the past. Last season, Minnesota won only five games in their own division. On Wednesday, they won their sixth game in the Northwest and we haven’t even flipped to the 2018 portion of the schedule. That’s just another fact of this 2017-18 Timberwolves team is something special.
Look at the fourth quarter in the win over the Nuggets for example. First, the defense was competent enough to not allow Denver to absolutely run away with the game. Second, Karl-Anthony Towns had a strong quarter to help put the Wolves in a position to win. Third, Jimmy Butler sealed the win with his great play down the stretch. Butler scored 11 of Minnesota’s final 15 points.
We are starting to see the path for consistent success for the Timberwolves. Towns has a solid game that keeps the game in hand, Jamal Crawford comes off then bench to hit a few huge shots and then Butler takes it all home by absolutely dominating the final minutes of a ballgame. It’s a good formula and one that could work for Minnesota, it has the past two games.
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One of the most frustrating things all season was the fact that Minnesota could not close out ballgames. They’d get out to big leads and let lesser teams come back to make it a contest or worse. Now these past two games have seen Minnesota stand tall and eventually prevail in games where they trailed late into the second half. That is progress for the Timberwolves.
Minnesota has a lot of avenues where they can find improvement, but they seem to have found a nice set of directions to consistently get them on the correct route. It’s been years since the Timberwolves have been on their right path, don’t forget to enjoy it while it’s right in front of us.
The next Timberwolves game is right in front of us. The next stop for the Wolves is a matchup with the Phoenix Suns on Saturday before they play the nightcap on Christmas Day against the Los Angeles Lakers.