Minnesota Timberwolves coach Chris Finch knows his team is in a tough spot right now. Four weeks into the 2022-23 season, the Timberwolves are 5-6 and 10th overall in the Western Conference.
Bookmakers have the team’s win total this season at 49.5. Last season, the Timberwolves finished 46-36 (.561) and seventh in the conference. Then they won in six games against the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round.
According to a few NBA betting sites, the Timberwolves have the 13th-best odds to win the championship in 2023. Some sportsbooks are giving them higher odds than the New Orleans Pelicans and Portland Trail Blazers.
“This team probably expected to be good and a few things got in the way. That’s on all of us. Last year’s team was probably looking more for who they were, but they believed they could be good. To prove it to the world.”
— Jon Krawczynski (@JonKrawczynski) November 8, 2022
“This team expects them to be good and they’re going to make a few mistakes along the way,” Timberwolves coach John Krawczynski told The Athletic following Tuesday’s team shootaround.
“This is on all of us. Last year’s team was probably searching for who it was, but he believed they could be good. They had to prove it to the world.
Timberwolves coach Chris Finch believes his players thought they didn’t have to work as hard to win this season.
During the offseason, GM Tim Connelly traded Patrick Beverley, Malik Beslin, Leandro Ballmaron, Walker Kessler, Jared Vanderbilt, a 2023 first-round draft pick, a 2025 first-round draft pick, a 2026 first-round draft pick, a 2027 first-round pick. -round draft pick, and a 2029 first round draft pick to the Utah Jazz for Rudy Gobert.
Similarly, 11 games into the 2021-22 season, Minnesota is off to a 4-7 start. With the current lineup of talent, fans were hoping the team would start 8-3 or better this season.
Minnesota @Timberwolves A preview of tomorrow’s game against Phoenix:
Luca Garza – Two way contract
Josh Minot – G League assignment
Wendell Moore Jr. – G League classification
— Timberwolves PR (@Twolves_PR) November 8, 2022
Fortunately, there is still a lot of basketball left to play. Finch isn’t the only Timberwolves looking to improve. Anthony Edwards was also upset.
“We guys play soft,” said the third-year guard. “As with every riot, we’re flying all over the place, myself included. Teams are like, ‘We’re going to take their hearts,’ and that’s what’s happening. We’re down 20 in every game! We have to check.
In fact, the Timberwolves ranked ninth in defensive efficiency (1.069). The team ranks 12th overall in scoring and averages 113 points and 7 points per game. Despite Rudy Gobert and Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota ranks 13th in blocks per game (5.6).