This Wolves big froze the Heat and willed team to win off the bench

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Wolves perimeter balance is restored

Naz Reid did not just score 25 points to lead all scorers in this one, but he balled out on the boards too, hauling in eight rebounds. He even led everyone by tying Miami Heat’s PG Tyler Herro with four scores from the perimeter. But he only needed seven shots to score his treys, while Herro needed 11 shots to score his four.

Naz Reid is no longer one of the Minnesota Timberwolves best-kept secrets. In fact, he is not secret whatsoever. Right now, he is knocking out of Target Center with his ability to jumpstart this Timberwolves team off the bench.

But . . . But… Butler didn’t play

The Timberwolves are just two games into the 2023-24 NBA season, and there are many areas that not only need to be improved but need a much stronger degree of consistency. The Timberwolves have played two games without starting small forward Jaden McDaniels, but nobody tried to caveat or qualify their three-point loss to the Toronto Raptors, who were fully healthy in the game.

NBA teams have to play whichever opponent appears on the schedule on any given night and must do so with whatever players are deemed healthy and rested enough to go. Right now, the hope is that Jaden McDaniels can return to the Timberwolves lineup soon. When that happens, the Timberwolves should be able to synch up and reach their peak.

The Timberwolves on the whole still have quite a ways to go. But Naz Reid is earning every penny of his contract extension right now.

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