The Minnesota Timberwolves are in a good spot at the moment. They’re very much in the playoff mix with a 10-7 record, which is right where they expected to be this season after acquiring the likes of Jimmy Butler, Taj Gibson, and Jeff Teague in the offseason.
Gibson, for one, is starting to see the hard work necessary to help the team win from his new Wolves teammates.
“Now he’s like, ‘We got a chance to be an OK team and a great team,'” Gibson told ESPN’s Nick Friedell. “‘And we got to improve every day.’ The more hard-fought games and the more wins against good teams we get you start to see the belief.”
“Every single man on this team, we have to put every single ounce of sweat, heart, everything into the game to help the team win. And you’re starting to see that.”
That type of hard work Gibson is referring to is a pre-requisite for any Tom Thibodeau-coached team. He will constantly get on his players to keep grinding and working, particularly on the defensive end.
That formula brought him great success in Chicago, and with the players putting in the work, it’s finally starting to do the same in Minnesota.
The Timberwolves are still far from the finished product, though, and will need to put even more work in to reach their true potential.