Following consecutive losses for the first time this season, Timberwolves coach Chris Finch decided to show his team on film how it defended when playing at peak performance, rather than the mistakes made against the Knicks and Pelicans.
It paid off, as Minnesota rolled to a 122-95 win over Houston on Friday night. “It’s good to see it too, to be like, ‘OK, that’s fun,’ center Rudy Gobert told Chris Hine of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “When we play like that, it looks good. That’s the team that we want to be. That’s the team people fear.”
Minnesota’s defensive rating of 108.3 is tops in the league.
We have more on the Timberwolves:
- Those back-to-back losses showed Minnesota that it now has a target on its back, according to Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic. “We’ve gotten a lot of positive press over the last month or so, and teams are going to come in to give us their best shot,” guard Mike Conley said. “They want to see what we’re made of. They want to see who we are. And we can’t let all that positivity on things we’ve had go our way the last couple of months make us complacent.”
- Former Timberwolves guard Tyus Jones is having the best offensive season of his career with the woeful Wizards and Jim Souhan of the Tribune argues that Minnesota should pursue a trade for Jones to solve one glaring issue — the need for an experienced, efficient backup point guard.
- In a subscriber-only story written by Hine, Anthony Edwards and Karl-Anthony Towns shared stories about former teammate Ricky Rubio, who announced his retirement from the NBA. “I got so many moments with Ricky. I’m blessed to be able to say that,” Towns said. “Ricky has done a lot for me as a basketball player, and I’m forever grateful for that. But what he’s meant to me as a man and making me a better man, a better human being, is something that is priceless. It’s something that truly is why he’s special to so many of us in the NBA community.”