The Minnesota Timberwolves are possibly the hottest team in the NBA right now, as they sit at 5-2 after the dominating win over the New Orleans Pelicans. From the very start of the game, the Timberwolves were in control.
They started with a few costly turnovers, but the threes started coming in from everywhere, and the game was very quickly out of hand. This is becoming a theme now with the Timberwolves, as we are seeing one of the best starts to a season in quite some time.
Not only does this team have the No. 1 defense in the league based on their defensive net rating and defensive rating, but they also have been able to accomplish something they haven’t done in almost ten years.
Timberwolves start 5-2 for the first time since 2014
This start has been historic, to say the least. The 2022-2023 season saw the Wolves finish the season 42-40 and a first-round exit to the Denver Nuggets, who would go on to win the NBA Finals and their first-ever championship. The Wolves have never won it, and I’m not saying this year they will, but it does feel like their chances are as good now as they have ever been.
The window is as wide open as it has been to win a championship in some time. We are done with the dynasty days of the Golden State Warriors, where they are winning it every single year. Sure, they won it two years ago, but it’s still not the same as the days of the past.
This season has started great. They are 5-2 for the first time since 2014, and this is only the fifth time they have ever started a season 5-2, with the other seasons coming in 1999, 2000, 2013, and 2014.
Out of the four times the Timberwolves started 5-2, they only went to the playoffs twice later those years. So, starting 5-2 doesn’t mean everything, but they currently have one of the best records in the league and have beaten the two best teams.