Minnesota Timberwolves fans hear every year about how it will be different this time. Every season is a little bit more successful, but come April, they find themselves at home on the couch wondering what went awry this time.
The NBA playoffs are captivating the sports world while Minnesota is still looking for answers. This was supposed to be the year the T-Wolves got involved. They were supposed to be where the Wizards and Trail Blazers are right now, but now sportswriters like myself are left conjuring up solutions to this neverending problem.
The Timberwolves scored points with the best of them. They endured body blows from some of the league's best teams and proved they can play with absolutely anyone, but inconsistency plagued this team from start to finish.
Minnesota lost its first 11 games that were decided by four points or less. Before they exorcised that demon, the Wolves had already dug an insurmountable hole in the ruthless Western Conference.
Kevin Love exploded in his return from a lost 2012-13 season to finish in the top five in the league in scoring and rebounding at 26.1 points and 12.5 boards a night. He also took one huge step forward in terms of making his teammates better by posting 4.4 assists as well.
Nikola Pekovic continued to improve in the paint. Kevin Martin did exactly what he was brought in to do. Corey Brewer's leak outs on fast breaks were nightly occurrences, routinely slamming home flawless outlet passes from Love. Ricky Rubio turned it on towards the end of the year after a long scoring slump. Gorgui Dieng made a thunderous impact in lieu of Pekovic and cemented his status as a vital part of the team's future.
All sounds good, right? Everything surrounding this team seemed great on paper. The Wolves had 16 games over 120 points. They had 12 20-point wins. Aside from Pekovic's wearing down towards the end of the year, the team stayed mostly healthy. All these things are great, but things still didn't click.
The pieces are there to make a deep playoff run, but a few more moves need to be made to make that big leap the franchise has been waiting for. Here is what to look for this offseason.