With the Minnesota Timberwolves taking on the Indiana Pacers on Monday night, it was clear that we had one of the more interesting matchups in the NBA on our hands. Sure, the Pacers have been more consistent and had a bit more success to start the year, but the idea of the Timberwolves’ offense matching up with the Pacers’ defense is certainly full of intrigue.
Coming into Monday night’s matchup, the Wolves had the 10th best offense in the league in terms of points per 100 possessions, scoring 104 points per. With the exceptional play of Kevin Love and solid production from new additions Kevin Martin and Corey Brewer, the Wolves had looked much like an elite offensive team in this league.
Combatting the Wolves’ offensive attack on Monday night, though would be the Pacers and the best defense in the league. The Pacers, who have been known for their defensive prowess over the past few seasons now, were allowing just 91.4 points per 100 possessions coming into this game with Minnesota, a fantastic rate.
When the game was played, though, it was the Pacers defense that completely shut down Minnesota. For the game, the Wolves shot only 32.6 percent from the field and just 3-19 from long-range as a team while also only accruing 15 total assists and turning the ball over 19 times.
Obviously the Wolves aren’t going to be playing a team of the Pacers’ caliber every night, but this game essentially shows the Wolves’ place in the NBA right now. Quite simply, they are an exciting and talented team that is more than likely going to make the playoffs, but they aren’t going to come close to challenging for a title or anything. In reality, though, for a team that hasn’t made the postseason in a decade, that’s not all that bad of a position to be in.