Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Timberwolves perform feats they haven’t achieved in years

Sunday’s win in Houston was Minnesota’s fourth win in a row, marking the team’s third streak of more than four games of the season.

This corresponds to the largest number of such winning streaks Minnesota has had in a single season since the famous 2003-04 season, in which the Timberwolves finished with the best Western Conference record and advanced to the Conference Finals.

In their last winning streak, the Wolves averaged over 20 points in each of their four wins. This is something they haven’t done since the data for each game was first tracked since the 1996-97 season.

Minnesota’s record 20-20 in 40 games means this is only the third time since Kevin Garnett was traded to Boston when the Timberwolves hit a plateau with 20 wins in 40 games.

Chris Finch, by the way, currently ranks third in the head coach win rating (.444) in the history of the Timberwolves franchise, behind only Flip Saunders and Tom Thibodeau.

FINCH ABOUT YOUR PAST PLAYERS

Finch previously worked as an assistant coach in New Orleans from 2017 to 2020, so he has a good feel for some of the current Pelicans players.

About Brandon Ingram: “He’s a damn good player, he can do anything, he can create, he can score at all distances. It’s nice to see him play really well now, ”Finch said. “Brandon is a high level player. He had that stellar year, that year of the most progressive player, when we were here, and he is capable of even more. ”

About Josh Hart: “I think Josh has always strived for consistency in roles. It’s like he’s in the starting lineup now and has been playing for more minutes, probably playing with lineups that better highlight what he does best, while sometimes he might have played in lineups that are small fours and had to try, maybe do too much, or the guys couldn’t get him the ball when he needed it … and stuff like that, ”Finch said. “I’ve always loved Josh’s toughness, and he’s quick to make decisions with the ball. He drives a car, he looks to kick and find, and stuff like that. So yeah, they get into a nice little rhythm here. ”

Pelicans coach Willie Green was more succinct in his description of Timberwolves striker Jarred Vanderbilt, saying, “He’s a monster.”

DAUGS ROLL

Georgia beat Alabama 33-18 in a game of the national college football championship Monday in Indianapolis. Immediately after the end of the game. Anthony Edwards celebrated the victory on Instagram.

Georgia graduate Edwards predicted the Bulldogs 24-10 last week.

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