To Thibodeau, much of the team’s improvement on defense can be traced to the strides Towns is making. Both before and after Saturday’s lopsided victory over New Orleans, Thibodeau praised Towns’ recent play on both ends of the court. On offense, with the way he’s been moving the ball to the open man. And on defense.
Who: Minnesota Timberwolves at Golden State Warriors
When: Thursday, January 25th, 7:30 PM PST
Where: Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA
TV: TNT, NBC Sports Bay Area
Radio: 95.7 The Game
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Warriors: Jordan Bell (out, left ankle inflammation)
Timberwolves: Jimmy Butler (doubtful, sore right knee), Jamal Crawford (questionable, left great toe sprain)
All statistical information as of 8 P.M. PST on 1/24/2018
“Defensively, he’s really starting to see things,” Thibodeau said. “He’s becoming more of a multiple-effort guy. The rebounding [Towns has 39 in his past two games], that’s as good as it gets. Part of it is experience. He has a lot of pride, and he works at it. And now he’s been around for a while, I think that’s big.”
When it comes to defense, Thibodeau preaches ball containment on the pick-and-roll, protecting the rim and the paint, then getting out and contesting three-point shots. Earlier in the season the Wolves often fell short.
State of Dub Nation
The red-hot dynasty that is the Golden State Warriors is cruising towards the All-Star break with the NBA’s best record at 38-10; they are setting themselves up well for home court advantage in the playoffs. Their recent crushing of the New York Knicks was a welcome appetizer before a real challenge: the bloodthirsty Minnesota Timberwolves.
We should be paying more attention to the team currently tied with the creaky San Antonio Spurs for the third seed in the Western Conference. Both of those teams share a 31-18 record, but with possibly franchise-altering injury concerns plaguing the Spurs, the T’Wolves may just have the higher upside.