The Minnesota Timberwolves are on a two-game skid. At this point in the season, every game is critical as it could make or break their chances of entering the playoffs. Everyone has their eye on the Wolves. Tom Thibodeau remains positive that his team could inch its way into the postseason.
As reported by Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic, Thibs believes that the Wolves are capable of making it to the playoffs:
Thibs: "I believe we will get it done. I told them that today. We just gotta keep fighting."
— Jon Krawczynski (@JonKrawczynski) March 27, 2018
The Wolves lost to the Memphis Grizzlies, 101-93 on Monday night. This puts their road-game losing streak at 17. Not only did they lose to a losing team with no chance of qualifying for the playoffs, the Wolves, too, might not be able to make it to the postseason if they don’t find their stride.
They have the 8th spot in the Western Conference. Just half a game behind the 7th spot (Utah Jazz), 2.5 games above the 9th (Denver Nuggets), and three games above the 10th spot (L.A. Clippers).
The Wolves need to fight it out for the rest of the season if they want to secure their playoff spot. It will be tough, especially for the starters who have been playing heavy minutes. Some have criticized Thibs for tiring out his starters. Yet for Thibs, it’s just a matter of achieving that balance, per Jace Frederick of TwinCities.com:
“It’s making sure that we have floor balance, covering the basket, but also having an awareness,” Thibodeau said. “You can’t sit in the paint when he’s trailing in. We made that mistake numerous times, and you can’t do that.”