Will Rick Adelman's Return Help Minnesota Timberwolves Turn Things Around?

By Dan Parzych
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After showing plenty of potential at the beginning of the season, the Minnesota Timberwolves have been struggling to pick up wins as they’ve won just one game over their last 10 contests. Between injuries to key players–especially Kevin Love–and Rick Adelman taking a leave of absence, there’s numerous reasons behind the Timberwolves struggles lately, but now that there head coach is back–hopefully things can turn around.

Adelman has been away from the team for the last three weeks to be with his sick wife and Monday was the first time he coached the team during practice. At the moment, the Timberwovles are 12th place in the Western Conference with a 17-24 record and while there’s still plenty of time left in the regular season–Minnesota needs to turn things around sooner rather than later if they’re going to have any shot at making the playoffs this year.

At the beginning of the season, the Timberwolves seemed like a team to keep an eye on when it came to sleeper teams to watch for a surprise run at the playoffs. If their team was at full strength, there’s no question they would be in better shape for at least one of the lower seeds in the Western Conference, but there’s nothing they can do until the team gets healthier.

Love’s return in March will certainly help, but hopefully having Adelman back on the sidelines will help this team turn things around before it gets too late in the regular season. Otherwise, it’s just going to turn into another season of disappointment in Minnesota.

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