The 2022/23 Minnesota Timberwolves were one of the biggest disappointments of the first half of the season.
They were supposed to be one of the league’s powerhouses after trading a plethora of assets to land Rudy Gobert.
But Gobert and Karl-Anthony Towns were an odd fit together, with each making the other worse, not better.
Then, Towns got hurt, and things didn’t get much better.
D’Angelo Russell was nowhere near the All-Star caliber player he was during his days in Brooklyn, and Anthony Edwards was single-handedly trying to will the team into contention.
That’s why the players decided to hold a player’s-only meeting on New Year’s eve, and it seems like it may have been the spark they were desperately craving for.
In fact, the Timberwolves have the best record in the league since that day, going 11-4 in 2023 to bring their playoff hopes back from the ground.
HOWL: The Minnesota #Timberwolves have been one of the best teams in the NBA since the new year! 🐺😎💪 pic.twitter.com/zoSxuD9Lku
— SKOR North (@SKORNorth) January 30, 2023
Right now, the Timberwolves are sitting at the fifth-best record in the Western Conference (27-25), going 7-3 in their last ten games and trailing the first-seeded Denver Nuggets by eight games.
Perhaps, that meeting was the bonding opportunity they needed; perhaps it was the accountability, or maybe they just needed more time to develop some rapport on the court and finally start playing at their potential.
Whatever the case, the red-hot Timberwolves could now use this momentum to continue making some moves and adding more talent ahead of the trade deadline.
They look like a sure-thing to make the playoffs right now, so let’s hope they don’t go cold as quickly as they got hot.NEXT: Anthony Edwards Has Been Stepping It Up