The Minnesota Timberwolves just finished up a five-game road trip with three games on the West Coast and two others in the South. So, it's safe to say they definitely just put some miles on their tires this last week and a half.
Usually, when teams have as much success as the Timberwolves before their road trip, beating the two best teams in the league at home, the Denver Nuggets and Boston Celtics, they have a slim downfall on long road trips. That was different for the Wolves.
They ended up having one of the best road trips they have ever had in their franchise's history. If that doesn't further prove that this team is just built differently, that this team is one that actually can compete in the playoffs this year, I don't know what else is.
Sure, there is still a long way to go, 70 games to be exact, so we do need to consistently see this deeper into the season before we can say anything else. However, what we have seen is amazing.
How have they gotten to this 9-3 record? Well, it is a combination of amazing defense, where they once had the best defensive net rating in the league and are currently fourth at 113.8. The offense could be better, but overall, it has been fine. They do, though, have two players who have been playing elite ball in Anthony Edwards and Karl-nAthony Towns. The Timberwolves are playing like an elite team, but the biggest reason is that they also take care of business on the road.
In fact, they just did something special on the road. Here is what the Minnesota Timberwolves PR team tweeted out after the win over the New Orleans Pelicans.
With tonight’s win over New Orleans, the Timberwolves completed their five-game road trip with a 4-1 record. This is the fourth 4-1 road trip in team history, tying a franchise-best record for a five-game trip.
The Timberwolves are proving everyone wrong at this point. I can’t say I predicted this either. Now, let's see if they can keep stringing together wins.