The Minnesota Timberwolves are starting to click and we aren’t even halfway through the NBA season yet.
Monday night saw the Minnesota Timberwolves get out to a 16-0 lead on the Los Angeles Lakers at Target Center. Sunday afternoon saw the Timberwolves get out to a 17-0 lead against the Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis. The Timberwolves played two games in a 30 hour span, won both contests and the outcomes of the game were never in question.
The scary thing is that the Timberwolves are finally finding their groove. This, of course, is a good thing, but the Timberwolves have found it before we even hit the halfway point of the NBA season which is something that should scare the rest of the league.
The formula has finally been set for the team. Jimmy Butler leads the way and the Wolves get great supporting nights from Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns. It sounds simplistic but it’s working for the Wolves. On Monday, Butler led the way with 28 points with Wiggins contributing 21 and Towns had 16 points and 13 rebounds in limited minutes.
Towns’ minutes also showed how well the Timberwolves are coming together right now. Both Towns and current starting point guard Tyus Jones sat virtually the whole second quarter due to foul trouble and the Wolves didn’t really miss a beat. Minnesota still scored 30 points in the quarter with barely an impact from two of their most important players.
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The pessimistic view of the situation is the lucky draw the Wolves have recently been getting. Sunday saw the Pacers without leading scorer Victor Oladipo while Monday saw the Lakers without many star players, like Lonzo Ball, and coming off a double overtime game the day before. The optimistic view is that the Timberwolves have looked close to being able to do this all season long and they are finally doing so while appearing to finally be having some fun on the court.
Maybe something is simply in the sports air with the Buffalo Bills making the playoffs over the weekend, but it surely does feel like the Timberwolves have turned a corner. A corner that many teams that have went through this much of an overhaul haven’t turned this early in a season.
Before the corner, the Wolves were already the fourth best team in the Western Conference. The sky is the limit for this team.
Don’t believe me? Just ask the thousands of fans cheering ‘M-V-P’ for Jimmy Butler while he was at the free throw line on Monday.
Minnesota next plays on Wednesday night on the road. The Wolves will be taking on the Brooklyn Nets at 6:30 Central.