Lesson I: The Minnesota Timberwolves starters are going to be very good, as long as they remain healthy
The Minnesota Timberwolves dominated the Dallas Mavericks in two preseason games. With the exception of the first quarter of the second game, this Timberwolves team never trailed in the games. While the Mavericks were not competing at full strength, neither were the Timberwolves. And that is all very good and positive news indeed.
Still, the lone wildcard to this Timberwolves team is health. And as much as it pains me to say it, the Timberwolves are already showing signs of the wear and tear that comes with a long NBA season. So far, the Timberwolves have been smart about sitting players who were not in full health. And let’s be honest, any decision to sit starters now will likely have more benefits, as it gives precious playing time to young players who need to compete to grow and develop.
But there is also something to be said about getting all five starters into live action to improve their continuity, communication, and chemistry. Those three components were blatantly absent from this Timberwolves team that seemed to struggle with awkwardness for months last season.
The Timberwolves appear to be on track this year. Even when the team rotates in bench players, the continuity and flow of the game appear to happen much more naturally for the Wolves. Still, it doesn’t take many injuries to disrupt that goodwill and flow.
It was just a start, but this was a very good start for this team. I believe that the Minnesota Timberwolves will be a very good team this season, as long as the team can avoid numerous and or lengthy injuries to the players. Is 50 wins out of reach for this team? Let us know in the comments section of our Facebook page.
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