The Minnesota Timberwolves finished out group play of the NBA’s inaugural In-Season Tournament with a gusty 106-103 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder but did not make the next round. Despite finishing 3-1 in group play, the Sacramento Kings will be heading to the next round due to their 4-0 record.
Congrats Sacramento, You Played Yourself
Look, I wanted the Wolves to advance and even win the In-Season Tournament as much as the next guy. Can you imagine how fun it would have been to watch them play in Las Vegas and have all the national media hype around our team for a few days? Luka Garza could have made almost his entire 2023-2024 salary with the $500,000 tournament winnings. Not to mention a “2024 In-Season Tournament Champion” banner in the Target Center would have looked so sweet.
But don’t worry, Chris Finch might be a genius. Not only did the Timberwolves finish group play with a 3-1 record, they now get to play the 3-14 San Antonio Spurs and the 3-13 Memphis Grizzlies while the knockout stage of the In-Season Tournament begins next week.
While the Sacramento Kings are getting beat down and weary battling against some of the toughest competition in the NBA, the Timberwolves will be (hopefully) beating the brakes off of the Spurs and the Grizzlies and improving their lead atop first place in the Western Conference.
Maybe Next Year
You know what, the Timberwolves didn’t need to win the first In-Season Tournament anyway. We would have been clowned on social media for celebrating too hard since we never won anything, and that’s not what this team or us as fans need right now.
The vibes around this team are immaculate, and I don’t need Charles Barkley and idiot Lakers fans on Twitter clowning by team for having success. I’d much rather be a top-three seed in the Western Conference and make some real noise in the playoffs before we win some silly regular-season tournament.
Keep The Good Vibes Rolling
This Timberwolves team is beyond special, and I truly believe they are equipped to compete for an NBA championship this year. Anthony Edwards did take a nasty fall last night and Jaden McDaniels is currently out with an ankle sprain, but even despite adversity, this team finds a way to win games.
They are relentless on defense, the ball movement looks the best it ever has and both KAT and Rudy Gobert have taken massive leaps from how they played last year. Let’s keep this thing rolling…Wolves Back!
P.S. It’s not my fault and I take absolutely zero responsibility if we lose to San Antonio or Memphis.