The Timberwolves have suffered some tough defeats in the weeks leading up to the new year as their COVID-19 ravaged squad has to battle through a tough part of the schedule without some of the team’s best players.
However, a positive side effect of that part of the season is showing.
Minnesota coach Chris Finch says the confusing way others – who usually sit at the end of the bench – move the ball around gave the team’s best players a chance to learn how it works. action of this offence. The ball and the movement of the players, the trust in the person next to you, are all things that lead to easy shots nearly every time in possession.
That kind of flow is how the Short-Handed Wolves can stay in games and even win a pair.
Those same principles are what the heavily equipped Timberwolves are using to create offensive masterpieces.
The latest of which was on full display Sunday in Houston, as Minnesota excelled in attack en route to a 141-123 win over the Rockets – Minnesota’s fourth straight win.
“I think moving the ball early is key. I think a lot of the time the ball doesn’t move early, it tends to stick throughout possession, and that starts with Ant and D-Lo,” said Finch. “They were really good at just getting up, getting out of it, moving to get it back, doing a different play and a lot of these supports are coming in the attack, that’s what you really want. , instead of just trying to produce them out of a fixed number of playstyles every time it fails. ”
That stickiness was what deterred Minnesota’s offense earlier this year, but that’s not the point this weekend.
The Wolves shoot 51% from the pitch and 36% from 3 points. Minnesota had 37 assists in 55 runs – just two fewer than the number it announced Wednesday in Oklahoma City. Jarred Vanderbilt scored 21 points on the power of 8 dunks, setting the franchise record for most flushes since turn-based play data was first tracked during the 1996-97 campaign.
Russell scored 22 out of 8 on 14 shots, while Anthony Edwards, Jaylen Nowell and Malik Beasley all got doubles for the Wolves (20-20).
Karl-Anthony Towns scored 40 points from just 25 shots, as he was able to take advantage of Houston’s smaller squads without ever pressing the envelope.
“I think he let the game come to him and only played 30 minutes and got 40 points,” Russell said. “I don’t think he really has to work. We made it easy for him and let the game flow for him. ”
It was flowing for everyone. The likes of Russell and Towns are up to this point in their careers, and Edwards certainly has enough experience. But sometimes it takes a big picture of what things are supposed to look like to be reminded of your responsibilities on the floor.
“I think it does a few things: It looks good, it feels good when you’re watching it. You see your teammates being able to do plays and finish plays,” Finch said. “I also think we went through 40 games in the season. I think people have had enough big games and enough big moments that they don’t feel like they don’t have to go out and stamp on everything every time. They let it happen to them. KAT will be back tonight. This was built. Thought he did a great job in Oklahoma City, and here’s the sequel to that.
“I don’t see Ant out there necessarily trying to organize another big night. He is letting it come to him with the flow. He didn’t have the best night of filming, but I think he did a great job taking the right shots.”
And when everyone does it, the end product is lots of points and lots of wins.
“We just move the ball. I feel like we’re deciding,” Vanderbilt said. “People are moving, passing and just making things happen. We have a 0.5 mentality. If you already have the ball, shoot, pass or drive within the first second or so and stop holding the ball. I feel like we’re doing it, we’re participating in our actions, doing. You see it in the statistics, people eat. ”
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