Minnesota Timberwolves: Will It Hurt the Pups or Will the Young Ones Howl?

Timber WolfAnalyst IIOctober 7, 2010

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Making this short and sweet.

Yes the Minnesota Timberwolves have beaten the world champs and the New York Knicks in Europe. Yes it's only preseason, and yes there's still doubts about the Wolves, and it's still being made known everywhere that we still suck.

Sure, there's reasons you can think so, I think however that if any team thinks they are going to just run over this team, they will be in for a rude awakening. This Timberwolves team is very young, yet one of the hungriest set of pups that they have had since the KG days. Michael Beasley, Wes Johnson, Martell Webster, and Kevin Love are ready to turn this team around, but it's their youth right now that will ultimately be their downfall in their pursuit to getting to the playoffs.

Looking on it, you have two shot creators in Beasley and Martell, a do it all wing in Wes Johnson, and the best rebounder in the league in Kevin Love, you would figure that this would be amble enough to earn the eighth seed in a weakening Western Conference. Not to mention Darko Milicic who's averaging eight points, five rebounds, and 2.5 blocks in 24 minutes, not to mention three assists in two games.

Last season, the Oklahoma City Thunder won 50 games, can the Wolves do that? No way no how. 40 is very unlikely but possible. It would take some miracles and a half to do that.

This team will go on a rampage against some slow teams on some nights, I can see this team beating at least one elite team (probably not the Heat), and I can see the Wolves running certain teams in to the ground tenfold. But when it comes to turning the ball over, this is going to be the ultimate downfall.

This team is going to score, and are going to play decent defense. If they can learn to not turn the ball over, it's going to be hard to stop the Wolves, plain and simple. When the Wolves don't turn the ball over, Darko and Love combine for 10 assists easily, Michael Beasley goes for 20 points easily, and Corey Brewer... well he plays defense.

Plain and simple, don't turn the ball over.