The Minnesota Timberwolves have a balancing act on their hands when it comes to player minutes each night.
They are in a position where they can win games because they haven’t lost enough where success would mean missing out on the No. 1 overall pick. In fact, a decent record down the stretch would give a beleaguered fanbase reason to believe that things will be different next year.
Not only that, but this is a great time for players on the fringe who do not have a job with the team next year to showcase their talents.
At the same time, they do not want to push an injury-prone roster to the breaking point and risk losing valuable players next season. It would be a different story if Minnesota were in position to nab a late playoff seed, and by sitting key players they would potentially rob them of valuable postseason experience.
But for now, any playoff aspirations are long gone.
How much should Rick Adelman and his staff play their guys? In order to answer that, you need to take a look at each individual player’s case.