Keys to the Wolf Den: Energy and Tweaking the Starting Lineup

January 2nd, 2010 by Matthew Hayden Leave a reply »
As a Wolves fan and writer, I am disgusted at times watching the Timberwolves play. Not because shots don't fall and not because they turn the ball over, but when the Wolves play with no energy.

Of course I think it's possible to win 24+ games next season for them—the Oklahoma City Thunder started 3-29 for their first 32 games and went on to win 24.

But the Timberwolves are a completely different team when they refuse to hesitate on offense and defense.

The Wolves are perfectly capable of getting stops, hitting shots, and rebounding the ball with any team in the NBA, as long as they are playing with the energy.

In a loss to the Indiana Pacers, a team that's struggling mightily right now, the Wolves trailed by 29 points at one point in the second quarter, and gave up 122 points on the night. A complete defensive disappointment for a team that's missing it's top three players.

In the second half, the Wolves turned up the energy, got stops, grabbed rebounds, and hustled the entire half, but it was their lackadasial effort in their first half that buried them a hole that only Kobe Bryant himself could dig a hole out of.

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