Did the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Kings?

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What do the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Denver Nuggets, and the Sacramento Kings all share? All three NBA teams are among the Top-6 teams in the NBA Western Conference, and all three teams have a record of 7-3 in their last ten games, meaning that they are all some of the hottest teams in the NBA right now.

But the Timberwolves, unlike the Nuggets or the Kings, did not finish 2022 with such a lofty perch among the NBA teams. In fact, the Timberwolves did not appear to be an NBA Playoff team whatsoever, with a record of 16-21, struggling to stitch together good games, and with a Timberwolves roster suffering from injuries to key players. The future appeared to be quite dark for the Minnesota Timberwolves, again.

Timberwolves Game Takeaways? Par for the course

But that’s pretty much been the par for the course for this team, hasn’t it? After all, the Timberwolves started the 2021-22 NBA season at 16-21 and then got hot, winning 24 of the team’s next 33 games. Right now, the Timberwolves are nowhere near that hot, but momentum is building. In the 2022-23 NBA season, after falling to 16-21, the Minnesota Timberwolves won 11 of their 15 games in January 2023. That includes winning the last three games against opponents with a combined record of 84-63.

At the end of December 2022, the Minnesota Timberwolves were viewed as an incredibly talented roster that, due to unfortunate circumstances of poorly timed injuries and bad team chemistry, could be willing to divest some of that talent in an effort to build more liquid assets to perhaps restock the roster during the 2023 NBA Draft.  But the sudden streak of success has shut down some of those NBA rumors, as the team appears to have found ways to click now.