That was bad.
That was exhausted and undisciplined and very possibly a major statement about what's to come.
When the Timberwolves left Minneapolis last Tuesday night, it was on the heels of a surprise win over Atlanta. (Never mind that the Hawks have somewhat imploded since.) It was with a 16-15 record in spite of several seasons' worth of injuries compressed into two months and with the intention of making a statement on a four-game Western Conference road trip.
They made a statement, alright. Just not the one they wanted.
The Timberwolves went into the trip with an above-.500 record and a positive point differential, though barely so, at plus-0.4. They come out of it now with a differential of -1.6, a massive leap borne only of the kind of road trip Minnesota just finished. On the trip, which ended as a four-game losing streak, the team had a point differential of -16.8. Yes. You read that right. It shot 41.3 percent from the field, 21.3 percent from 3-point range, a ...