MINNEAPOLIS I feel like every single statistic the Timberwolves put out early this season should be marked with an asterisk: Did this while fielding approximately one half of a team and with an ever-decreasing number of actual starters.
Really. It would make it so much more impressive.
Think about it: The Timberwolves' 5-2 start is their second-best record through seven games in franchise history. They're second in the league in defensive field goal percentage (.408), second in scoring defense (88.4 points per game) and seventh in blocks (7.0 per game). They've given up 619 points so far this season, the third-fewest in the first seven games in franchise history.
That's without Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio. Without J.J. Barea for three and a half games. Without Brandon Roy for two and a half games. Without Chase Budinger for a game and a half. In fact, in the past four games, the Timberwolves have lost a player a game, yet they've gone 3-1.
I'm not quite sure what this means. They're...