Reason I: Red-hot Taurean Prince
In their first matchup, the Detroit Pistons’ bench play destroyed the Minnesota Timberwolves’ bench, putting up 65 points to the Timberwolves’ 20 points. If there is one difference between that game and this one, it has to come from the Minnesota Timberwolves bench. I, for one, think that is exactly what will happen.
The Minnesota Timberwolves roster has since welcomed back a healthy power forward, Taurean Prince. Better yet, Prince has proven to be red-hot coming off the bench for the Timberwolves so far. While he has a seasonal scoring average of 8.4 points, Prince is another player who has amped up his offense. So far in January 2023, he is averaging 11.7 points in 24.7 minutes per game.
Prince packs offense off the bench
Because the Timberwolves continue to compete without Karl Anthony Towns in the front court, the team’s rotation has leaned far more heavily upon their veteran bigs. Forward Kyle Anderson has been getting work with the starting five, which has opened the role of first off the bench to Taurean Prince, who is taking full advantage of his elevated role with the team.
Prince is a seasoned NBA veteran of the NBA, and now competing in his second season for the Timberwolves. He is extremely versatile for the team, plugging into the lineup wherever needed, and playing well enough to give the team a competitive chance in each game. It’s that versatility that is so vital for the Timberwolves roster right now, as he has enabled the Timberwolves to have more confidence in the bench play at a critical point in the season.
Minnesota Timberwolves versus the Detroit Pistons. Same teams. Different outcome? I think so.