The brief and predictably specious boomlet of playoff talk surrounding this year’s Wolves turned out to be a mirage.
Does this mean the Wolves will snag a playoff berth? Doubtful. But the chance to be obliterated in a first-round playoff series is a short-term endgame that ignores the greater good of the Wolves metamorphosis.
If Thibs and Taylor don’t have the stomach to make a big bet on three young players, Zach LaVine could be Zach leavin’.
The second half of a 78-minute interview with Minnesota Timberwolves head coach and President of Basketball Operations Tom Thibodeau.
“The challenge when you have young players is: How do you speed up the process? Just understanding what goes into learning — you have to give them the chance to learn,” Thibodeau said.
Put bluntly, the great danger here is that the heralded coach and the star trio are a bad match.
The Wolves this year are like one of those doorstop Russian novels — only poorly written, with precious few plot twists and a predictably disheartening resolution.
It didn’t seem like it in the preseason, but a wretched start to the season perhaps reordered Tom Thibodeau’s priorities.
The team’s sturdier, more diligent defense has emanated almost exclusively from the starters.
The win interrupts a downward spiral that has called into question the team’s psychological equilibrium, the character of the roster, and the players’ relationship with Tom Thibodeau.
Twenty-two games into the season, there is more than enough blame to go around for the flagrant failure of the Wolves D.
A month into the season, the Wolves are adrift, with a slate of tough opponents on tap. It is time for the hype to start gelling into reality.
When it comes to the bottom line of winning or losing basketball games, this Wolves team is quickly establishing a reputation for being epic chokers.
The people who gush about Towns’ future are right when they say he can be as good as he wants to be. But it will apparently be a while before he figures out how to make that happen.
The team has just begun the process of blazing its identity. But they have talent and they have time — the essential raw ingredients of stable growth.
There is legitimate reason for some initial concerns about the Wolves’ successive pratfalls to start the season.
What follows are the reasons it is overwhelmingly likely that 2016-17 is ground zero of a Timberwolves resurgence.
Golden State is the overwhelming favorite, and the Clippers and Spurs the most formidable contenders.
Those on the playoff bubble in the East include dramatically overhauled squads in major markets like New York and Chicago.