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The Timberwolves Are The Worst At Everything

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Our Timberwolves are 1-7, a disappointing start for a team that had a winning record in the preseason and hoped to be at least somewhat improved from last year's awful 15-67 squad.

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However, it's not just the losing record; as several people have pointed out, the Wolves have played some of the best teams in the league, and occasionally played well. It's more the manner in which they've lost. Consider this:

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  • The Wolves are the worst-shooting team in the league. Whether you look at straight field-goal percentage, or adjust it for the shot values, they're #30.
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  • Only Houston is giving up more points than the Wolves, who are allowing a shocking 112.5 per game, a mark that's even worse than last year's horrid effort.
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  • Put awful shooting and terrible defense together, and what do you get? In Minnesota's case, it's the worst point differential in the league, by a fairly wide margin. On average, the Wolves are losing every night they step on the court by over 15 points.
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  • And as far as the record, the Wolves are one of four teams with just one win - and Minnesota lost to Houston, one of the other four, by 26 points.
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As I type, the Wolves are beating Sacramento; let's hope it stays that way. It'd be nice to see a few positive signs.

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Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.