It’s all smiles in Wolves Land for now…
Over the last week, the Timberwolves have held the number-one record in the NBA. Even though they missed the inaugural in-season tournament, they picked up two easy wins against conference opponents. They handled the Spurs and the Ja Morant-less Grizzlies with ease. Ant is coming back after landing hard on his hip. Even Jaden McDaniels is questionable to return after missing a couple of weeks with an injured ankle. Our three bigs look like unicorns as Rudy pointed out, and at 17-4, we have the best start in Franchise History. But a reality check could be coming soon…
Reality check coming? The road as the NBA’s top team gets bumpier
By no means has the Timberwolves record been easy over the first 21 games of the season. But there have been some cupcake wins sprinkled in for the NBA’s top team. With 6 games coming against the Spurs, Grizzlies, and Jazz who sit as three of the bottom four teams in the Western Conference. The Wolves have had some luck considering those three horrible teams don’t even have 17 wins combined. However as fans of one of the most tortured franchises in sports, sometimes you need a little luck.
That being said we could face a reality check in the next month, there look to be no gimmes, and with our injury luck, despite this hot start could have us crashing down to earth soon. Take a look at the upcoming schedule by Wolves radio guy Alan Horton:
With 11 on the road against quality teams, the depth of the Timberwolves will be tested. With the Three-headed dragon in Naz, Kat, and Rudy balling out while two of the Wolves starters Ant and Jaden have been sidelined. The Wolves have beaten up the rest of the teams in the Top-5 taking down Boston, Denver, and OKC. Doubtely it feels like we are in a dream and are waiting for the rest to come crashing down. If the Wolves can come out of this stretch winners of 10 of 16 and mostly injury-free. Evidently, the road to the number one seed may not be just a dream.
The Wolves bench has to keep it rolling
The Timberwolves have put together a team of great starters and some really nice pieces off the bench. (Thanks Tim Connley) With Naz Reid and Nickel Alexander-Walker coming off the bench in your first two guys off (while Jaden is hurt). Those two have played exceptionally, but if we want to take the number one seed and take the next step as a full-on contender for the NBA Championship. Shake Milton has to stop sending up prayers at the 3-point line, become a real point guard, and start cooking!
It’s tough to watch when you are rooting for the guy. Troy Brown has been nice and added a scoring spark like we wished Jaylen Nowell could have last year, but I’m not sure how much it will last. These are great problems to have and it feels weird to write positive articles about the Wolves because they have mostly been a dumpster fire my entire life.
Lastly, GET ANT HEALTHY
Although Anthony Edwards played a full game since being injured with a hip pointer, he didn’t look right. Then ultimately was pulled in the first quarter because the pain became too much. We need Ant-Man for the long run and do not need a lingering injury for the rest of the year. Rest up, get healthy, and get back to leading the Wolves to their best record in franchise history. We need the windmill and posterize dunks.
7th-year Senior at UND. (not a doctor). 2021 6v6 sand volleyball champion. Read my thoughts on the Wolves, Gophers, and USMNT.
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