With all of the players that have gone down this season, it’s a wonder that the Minnesota Timberwolves are even in the position they’re in.
The Timberwolves have shown tremendous resiliency despite all of the injuries they’ve incurred, earning a winning record before Kevin Love's second injury despite playing most of their games without Love, Ricky Rubio, Brandon Roy and Chase Budinger—just to name a few.
After Kevin Love refractured his hand, though, the team has started a rapid decline. In the last 11 games, the Wolves are 3-8, including the most recent five-game slide. Head Coach Rick Adelman has missed the last six games, of which the Wolves have won just one.
The Timberwolves have done nothing but play scrappy all season, and it’s appearing that they’re going to have to continue that trend if they have any desire to win games.
In the absence of players like Love and Rubio, others have had to stand out to win games. With Love again out of the lineup, it’s time that we see the rest of the team start to play big again.
Note: All stats are accurate as of 1/17/13