Timberwolves shrug off rust just in time to realize another L

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Timberwolves schedule gets tougher as Wolves get weaker

Right now, this team is 31-32, and the chances of making an NBA Playoff appearance for the second consecutive season is fading fast. Rather than lay the blame on someone, I’d rather look for ways this team can turn things around. Can the season be salvaged? At one point, I would have said a confident yes. But now? The Timberwolves must make dramatic improvements quickly.

The Timberwolves’ upcoming schedule is a gauntlet:

Feb 28 – At LA Clippers (33-29)
Mar 3 – At LA Lakers (29-32)
Mar 4 – At Sacramento Kings (35-25)
Mar 7 – Host Philadelphia 76ers (39-20)
Mar 10 – Host Brooklyn Nets (34-26)

And it gets tougher from there.

When the going gets tough, where are the Timberwolves going?

The Minnesota Timberwolves have fought through adversity, a lack of chemistry, injuries, and a host of problems this season. Unfortunately, rather than build a more cohesive team, the Timberwolves appear to be every bit as fractured as in the early going. This is not a team that wins the games that it must, and it does not yet know how to finish off games that it should win.

The Timberwolves should not be shocked or surprised by any of this. The team advanced to the NBA Playoffs last season, and the memory is still fresh in everyone’s mind.  The team is facing tougher competition, and as such must up their own game.

At the end of the day, the Minnesota Timberwolves know what must be done. They talk about it after each disappointing loss, so there is plenty to talk about. But talking is just that, talking. At some point, someone has to step up. Until someone does, this is a Minnesota Timberwolves team that is going nowhere.

And nowhere is not where this team wants to end up.

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