Timberwolves news: Jamal Crawford hints at displeasure with his minutes
The Minnesota Timberwolves managed to get back into the win column with a dominant 119-96 win over the lowly Sacramento Kings. Despite the high scoring output by Minnesota, veteran shooting guard Jamal Crawford only managed to contribute two points of his own the entire game.
As a result, Crawford may have been notably upset with his latest performance. According to Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic, he discussed the difficulties of trying to produce with such limited playing time after the game:
Jamal Crawford just talked about the challenge of being productive in shorter minutes. Said all of the discussions he had w/Wolves this summer, none included 17 minutes per game.
— Jon Krawczynski (@JonKrawczynski) December 15, 2017
Despite his lack of minutes, Crawford added that he is content as long as the Timberwolves continue to win.
“It’s not about me at all. As long as we’re trending the right direction and winning, the rest, hopefully, will work itself out. Try to get wins along the way.”
There is plenty of truth to what Crawford may have been indicating. The veteran sixth man signed with the Timberwolves over the offseason with the hope that he could play a crucial role in their playoff hunt. However, he has been relegated to just 17.7 minutes per game for the 2017-18 NBA season.
Head coach Tom Thibodeau is notorious for assigning the heavy minutes to just a few players in the rotation. Needless to say, the recipe has worked for Minnesota so far.
The Timberwolves have managed to follow up on their high expectations coming into the year. While they continue to have their fair share of struggles, Minnesota is currently in the fourth spot in the powerhouse Western Conference.