The Minnesota Timberwolves are struggling. And at this point, absolutely stumbling into the regular season. There’s the Jimmy Butler saga, of course. We know all about that. It’s probably not ending anytime soon either. But there’s also the fact that the Timberwolves are playing bad basketball. Sure it’s just the NBA preseason, and still…a 1-4 record with lifeless performances is less than ideal. Friday night, they would lose to the Milwaukee Bucks. But not just lose — they would fall by a score 143-121. And, allow Giannis Antetokounmpo to rack up a massive triple double — 32 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists — in just 25 minutes. Karl Anthony-Towns sees these problems, and he knows they cannot continue.
“We don’t got no more time to be here saying, ‘Aw, it’s OK; it’s preseason.’ This momentum we’re riding right now, this wave we’re riding, it’s not good. It’s not good at all,” Towns told reporters following the loss.
Even more troubling? The Wolves didn’t have one convincing full-game performance this preseason. Nothing is clicking at the moment.
“I really don’t damn know,” he added when discussing their lack of consistency over the past couple weeks. “But if you find out, let me know. You can get beat. Everybody in this league — I don’t care if you’re the Golden State Warriors my rookie year, the 95-96 Bulls — you’re gonna lose some games. But you can’t get embarrassed. That’s just unacceptable.”
Last season, the T-Wolves made the postseason for the first time in 13 years. As we know, Jimmy Buckets was a big part of that. And while it is just preseason, Towns and company must figure things out soon. The Los Angeles Lakers have LeBron James now. Paul Millsap is back and healthy for the Denver Nuggets.
If they’re not careful, the Timberwolves could be on the outside looking in on the West before they know it.