Before the start of the season, the Minnesota Timberwolves were expected to contend for a late seed in a tough Western Conference and despite what their record might suggest, they have a lot of talent especially on the offensive side of the ball.
Players like Ricky Rubio, Kevin Love and Kevin Martin can torch defenses with ease when they are on their game and that’s exactly what happened today against the Philadelphia 76ers; the team led by Rick Adelman had three very strong quarters and built a huge lead on their way to a 126-95 win.
While it’s safe to say that Rubio didn’t have a very good game, the rest of the team did more than enough to guarantee the win. Seven players scored in double-figures and another – A.J. Price – ended only one point shy of reaching 10 in the contest. The offense was led by All-Star candidate Love – 26 points, seven rebounds – and Nikola Pekovic – 16 points and 14 rebounds – but the team also had solid contributions from the bench.
Dante Cunningham, J.J. Barea and Alexey Shved all scored more than 10 points and it was quite impressive to see Minnesota playing with such passion and uptempo style. Adelman teams are usually keen to operate half-court sets, but today the Timberwolves dominated all over the court aided by some stellar shooting percentages that pushed the lead as high as 33 points.
If the Timberwolves are able to consistently play like they did it today, they would be one of the top teams in the Western Conference. Minnesota has been slowly finding their groove, now they have to add consistency to keep pushing for a late playoff seed down the stretch.