All Things Minnesota Timberwolves 2022-2023 In-Season Thread


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Can Moore Jr. ever develop an offensive game at this level.

His defense was great. When I started to watch, I was pumped Moore was starting and then I see he was on Morant and did a great job. If nothing else, a bench player who can play.

I still think they have something in Minnot
 

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Outrebounded 59-29 though. Holy Shit.......and they win by 10

It doesn't seem possible.
 

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That was a fun game to attend. I feel like it was the only "gritty" performance of the season so far.
 

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Outrebounded 59-29 though. Holy Shit.......and they win by 10

It doesn't seem possible.

"The big number? The Wolves have been turnover machines all season. Tonight they had 12 to Memphis' 24 and 13 steals to the Grizzles 7. Made up for being crushed on the boards too."
 


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Correct I was talking KAT. I have no idea how people watch JA and his constant whining and think it’s good for the game. They guy is so good yet he relies so much on tricking refs and “gamesmanship” it’s unwatchable.
True. However, he's not as bad as Embiid. I have no idea why the refs keep buying what Embiid is selling.
 







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Everybody seemed to be surprised when Wendall Moore Jr. started against Memphis. So was he.

Ten minutes before the Timberwolves' pregame meeting Wednesday, rookie Wendell Moore Jr. didn't know he was starting. The team even announced on Twitter a starting lineup that did not have Moore listed.

But just before that meeting, the coaching staff informed Moore he was going to be starting. The 26th overall pick in the draft said it was almost a blessing in disguise that he didn't have much time to think about his first NBA start. He just had to get ready to play without dwelling on it.

"I came here and it was just another day," Moore said after Wednesday's 109-101 win over Memphis. "Came to get my work in. I was going to cheer my teammates on and just get this win. Once I got the news, I knew I had to shift my mind-set into gear and be ready to go."

Not only was he going to start, the Wolves wanted him to guard All-Star Ja Morant. Fortunately for Moore, even while he wasn't expecting to play, he said he had been studying the scouting report on the Grizzlies and Morant,

"I had already been watching film the past couple days," Moore said. "I watched their last few games. I was trying to pick up on his tendencies anyway and really just following the game plan that coaches gave me along with the confidence my teammates had in me."

Anthony Edwards said the team drew energy from the way Moore came out and guarded Morant, who finished with 24 points on 8-for-20 shooting with seven turnovers. Moore registered seven points, a steal and a block.

"He's getting the rebound, pushing in transition, made big plays for us," Edwards said. "He actually got some big blocks for us that they probably didn't give to him."..

 


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Williams said something to Gobert when he was standing over him. No idea what he said and Gobert shouldn't have reacted to it, but it was enough for Williams to get a technical too.

But he didn't get the flagrant that Gobert did.
 



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Williams said something to Gobert when he was standing over him. No idea what he said and Gobert shouldn't have reacted to it, but it was enough for Williams to get a technical too.

But he didn't get the flagrant that Gobert did.
Then get to your feet and fight don’t trip someone.
 

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Then get to your feet and fight don’t trip someone.

Williams said something to Gobert when he was standing over him. No idea what he said and Gobert shouldn't have reacted to it, but it was enough for Williams to get a technical too.

But he didn't get the flagrant that Gobert did.

You must have missed the part in bold huh?
 


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Wolves fall to Thunder 135 - 128
16 teams played tonight. The Wolves scored the most points of anyone, except the team they played. Forthcoming trades need defenders. Some length and foot speed on the perimeter is essential.
 
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The amount of technical fouls were embarrassing last night. I get the officiating was terrible but come on.
 

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If the refs have to call that many techs then, THEY are doing something wrong! The refereeing has been embarrassing! How much do they get paid? Two games in a row with almost ten techs.....and that is with no Kat!!!!
 

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If the refs have to call that many techs then, THEY are doing something wrong! The refereeing has been embarrassing! How much do they get paid? Two games in a row with almost ten techs.....and that is with no Kat!!!!
Agree. NBA refs are the worst, but the team needs to handle it better or the calls will continue to be against them.
 

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per Shama:

Bad look: Timberwolves center Rudy Gobert being ejected Saturday night early in the second quarter for tripping the Thunder’s Kenrich Williams. With the Wolves already missing their other big man star, Karl-Anthony Towns, Gobert needed to play all four quarters to give Minnesota its best chance to win. Instead, the Wolves lost another game to a mediocre opponent while often appearing unfocused.

Bad look 2: Wolves bench players laughing late in the game as the team tried to overcome a deficit in the 135-128 loss.

Before the game Wolves coach Chris Finch described Gobert as a “great professional” who has been an asset in his first season in Minnesota since being acquired in a controversial trade last summer with the Jazz. “…All signs are good, you know,” Finch said. “Have some normal growing pains, some of them we expected, some of them we didn’t. We didn’t know what to expect so we’ve just been working through that.”

The Wolves have a versatile defender in third-year forward Jaden McDaniels who can guard the two, three and four positions. With Towns unavailable at the four spot for awhile because of his calf injury, Finch is glad to have McDaniels as a defender. “I think we’ll see him play all over, the two thru the four for us,” Finch said.

Anthony Edwards, the Wolves third year guard who is No. 19 in NBA scoring at 23 points per game, consistently frustrates defenders with both his outside shooting and attacks on the hoop. “So you gotta go up there and play him high because he can shoot, and then you gotta be able to kind of contain him in between the free throw line and the rim because otherwise it’s a launch pad,” said Thunder coach Mark Daigneault.


Howl Wolves!!
 

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Timberwolves leadership? Chris Finch says it hasn't been great​

One thing the Timberwolves could count on a season ago was leadership from guard Patrick Beverley. His was among the most prominent voices in the locker room through thick and thin, from Game 1 until the Grizzlies knocked the Wolves out of the playoffs.

Through 23 games, coach Chris Finch said this year's team, with Beverley now playing for the Lakers, is still searching for its identity and the structure of its leadership.

"Everything about winning requires leadership. It's something that we've not been great at," Finch said. "We're trying to find a voice collectively, trying to find a personality as a team. Those are things that we've got to keep working on, trying to cultivate as a team. That's my job."

This Wolves team has an intriguing dynamic when it comes to the breakdown of voices.

Some of its more veteran players are either new to the team or don't play as many minutes as the starters, and it can be hard for players to speak up if they aren't playing or aren't playing a lot. Karl-Anthony Towns has never been a rah-rah kind of leader. Towns is also out indefinitely because of a right calf strain, so the Wolves would have to get by in this stretch of time without him anyway. Anthony Edwards may eventually have the personality to lead, but is only 21 and in just his third season.

"It's tough. Guys either have it in them to be a leader, but if they do, they might not be ready to bring it out and you've got to try to coax it out of them," Finch said. "Leadership is about one thing — who's willing to follow you? There's a million different ways to do it. But all leaders have one thing in common: People follow them."


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Timberwolves leadership? Chris Finch says it hasn't been great​

One thing the Timberwolves could count on a season ago was leadership from guard Patrick Beverley. His was among the most prominent voices in the locker room through thick and thin, from Game 1 until the Grizzlies knocked the Wolves out of the playoffs.

Through 23 games, coach Chris Finch said this year's team, with Beverley now playing for the Lakers, is still searching for its identity and the structure of its leadership.

"Everything about winning requires leadership. It's something that we've not been great at," Finch said. "We're trying to find a voice collectively, trying to find a personality as a team. Those are things that we've got to keep working on, trying to cultivate as a team. That's my job."

This Wolves team has an intriguing dynamic when it comes to the breakdown of voices.

Some of its more veteran players are either new to the team or don't play as many minutes as the starters, and it can be hard for players to speak up if they aren't playing or aren't playing a lot. Karl-Anthony Towns has never been a rah-rah kind of leader. Towns is also out indefinitely because of a right calf strain, so the Wolves would have to get by in this stretch of time without him anyway. Anthony Edwards may eventually have the personality to lead, but is only 21 and in just his third season.

"It's tough. Guys either have it in them to be a leader, but if they do, they might not be ready to bring it out and you've got to try to coax it out of them," Finch said. "Leadership is about one thing — who's willing to follow you? There's a million different ways to do it. But all leaders have one thing in common: People follow them."


Howl Wolves!!
I miss Patrick.
 


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Wolves have been very terrible at times. Got a very mediocre record at 11-12 too. Though it's been a very strange season.

- Golden State is 13-12 after winning 7 of their last 10
- OKC is 11-13 after winning their last 3
- The Clippers are only 14-11
- The Lakers are 10-12 after winning 8 out of 10!
- Miami is 11-13
- Brooklyn is 13-12 after winning 7 of their last 10
- Sacremento îs 13-9!

Just a strange damn year.
 








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