They’re the flashiest team in the league at the moment, every power ranking has them listed in the upper half, so why do the Minnesota Timberwolves still wallow in familiar territory: the bottom of the standings? Ironically, the T-Wolves are averaging more points per game than their opponents this season, which makes the 3-6 mark even more confounding. Yet, after a little research, it all seems very much reversible for Minnesota. The magic stat is turnovers.
Minnesota ranks dead last in the league with over 18 turnovers a game. What’s worse, they rank in the bottom ten when it comes to creating turnovers. While they shoot the ball well, defend shots well, and rebound well, they’re chucking the rock into the stands like freakin’ crazy people, and they’re not managing to take it away on the defensive end. Slick Rick and the other PGs better get a grip–literally–or their end of season slot is going to be familiar indeed. The good news is I think it will happen. I expect 20 turnovers tonight because the Bulls are in town. But moving forward, if they can trim their average to 14 or 15 they’re going to be as dangerous as any team in the west.