Now that the Minnesota Timberwolves have given fans a glimmer of hope with a pair of consecutive impressive performances, are they a playoff team?
The Minnesota Timberwolves are officially on a winning streak after defeating the red-hot Oklahoma City Thunder and dominating the Chicago Bulls.
The Wolves are playing team ball for the first time in a couple of weeks and it’s showed on the court. Coach Tom Thibodeau has the locker room in a good place right now; the team is really connecting and the players are playing hard for their coach.
There’s a few players who have had up-and-down seasons that have stood out during the Wolves’ recent stretch of improved play.
Tyus Jones has been playing great off the bench as of late and with some consistency, which has been his biggest issue during his still-young career. Posting some of his best numbers over the last two games, Jones has earned himself significant minutes in the rotation.
Andrew Wiggins has been criticized for much of the season for not playing to his full potential and occasionally displaying an apparent lack of effort. Lately, Wiggins has been playing some great ball and is hinting at becoming the Maple Jordan we all wanted.
If Wiggins could only do one thing for the rest of this season, it should be to continue to play with consistent effort on both sides on the ball. When Wiggins is playing hard and at his full potential, the Wolves are arguably a top-15 team in the NBA.
Remember earlier this week in OKC?
The Timberwolves currently have the third-worst record in the Western Conference at 16-18. Of course, the Wolves record would greatly be improved if they can start winning games on the road, where they’ve won just three games to date.
We’re still playing December basketball, however, and it’s way too early to hit the panic button. The talent on this team suggests that the Wolves can still make a playoff run.
The bench rotation is still getting worked out with the exciting play of rookie Josh Okogie and newcomers Robert Covington and Dario Saric, and after all the drama to start the season, there’s still a lot that has to be decided in the coming weeks and months.