At Wolves, it was the starters who failed

Eight games, one draw, two sluggish wins against the Thunder and losses against the Jazz and Spurs (twice). After two weeks into this new season, it seems unreasonable to admit that the face presented by Wolves is clearly not the most reassuring.

After a successful 2021/22 financial year, followed by a tumultuous summer that heralded continued development, the Minnesota squad is definitely not up to the expected level at the start of this 2022/23 season.

In the radius of failures, the Wolves’ five majors are in first place. A quintet that has struggled since the arrival of Rudy Gobert midway through this season, and has shown in two weeks all the trouble in the world to reach its optimal level. Latest example: last night’s game loss against the Suns, where the substitutes offered the best quotes. The five incumbents all end with a negative “+/-”…

Holders who don’t yet know how to play together

I can only say that we have yet to see any progress from this group. Chris Finch said flatly. ” If we summarize, we are struggling when [les titulaires] on the pitch, and the chances of winning are greater when the substitutes play recognized for his part Anthony Edwards, solid against the Suns with 24 points and 6 rebounds, despite a “+/-” of -12.

Naa box mark game against the Suns, one line summed up the five majors’ struggles to find the right note on a collective level: that of Rudy Gobert, who took… just one shot. The French pivot is clearly not the first attacking option, but his average shots per game have exceeded 8 units since the start of the season. His lackluster involvement in his team’s offensive phases against the Suns then clearly shows the lack of cohesion and unity between the holders.

They share the leather, they don’t care who scores then mentions “Ant”, about replacements. The back of the Wolves also highlighted another problem, more structural: the lack of “spacing” inherent in the “tall ball” association between Karl-Anthony Towns and Rudy Gobert.

On a personal level, it requires him to recalibrate his game, as he already mentioned at the very beginning of the season, because he doesn’t have more space to work. ” As soon as I entered, I had no chance to climb the circle » added the young Wolves star, who still really hasn’t recorded a single dunk this season. ” Everything was in the paint, so I had to improvise to place my lay-up. I can’t jump over everything, I’m not a giant like Giannis [Antetokounmpo]. »

After the changes made to the workforce during the summer, the automatism that the five majors acquired last season seems to have disappeared.

There is no miracle solution: incumbents must do better

Like their conductor D’Angelo Russell, in the beginning of the season upset (14 points on 39.4% and 27.4% on 3-pts, 5.8 assists for 3.1 turnovers), the holders of the Wolves are -together interrupted.

The good news is that there’s still a long way to go in the season, and Chris Finch doesn’t intend to mess things up, just yet. As against the Suns, even if it was unsuccessful, the technician really confirmed that he will continue to finish the matches with his holders, who need to find solutions to their ailments.

Listen, these guys are in charge, I’m going to call them back. I’m not going to sit on my bench, questioning whether every substitution in the last five minutes was correct. he insisted. ” The major five, we will overcome. All five of them are negative, crazy, terrible… I don’t want it, we’ll find a solution. “After finishing Anthony Edwards, who joined his coach in the obligation for holders to find solutions.

Shots Bounces
Players GM minimum Shots 3 points LF Off Def Early p.d bp Int CT party Points
Anthony Edwards 7 36.4 45.9 34.5 64.3 0.6 5.6 6.1 4.4 3.1 0.9 0.3 3.0 23.0
Karl Anthony Towns 7 35.3 46.8 34.1 88.6 1.6 6.4 8.0 5.3 3.3 0.7 0.4 3.3 21.3
D’angelo Russell 7 31.3 40.6 27.5 78.3 0.9 3.3 4.1 6.0 3.0 1.9 0.9 1.9 15.3
Rudy Gobert 7 32.5 60.6 0.0 55.9 4.9 9.9 14.7 1.0 1.6 0.6 1.7 2.4 14.1
Jaylen Nowell 7 19.9 41.1 26.5 75.0 1.1 3.0 4.1 2.1 0.1 0.7 0.1 1.4 12.7
Jaden Mcdaniels 7 32.1 52.8 30.0 83.3 1.3 1.7 3.0 1.1 1.1 1.7 1.7 3.1 11.0
Taurean prince 7 18.8 62.9 57.1 50.0 0.4 2.6 3.0 1.1 0.9 0.6 0.0 2.6 8.1
Naz Reid 5 9.8 56.0 37.5 50.0 0.8 1.4 2.2 0.6 0.2 0.6 0.8 1.2 6.6
Jordan McLaughlin 5 16.6 41.2 12.5 100.0 0.4 1.8 2.2 3.4 0.8 0.8 0.0 0.6 3.4
Bryn Forbes 6 10.0 22.2 12.5 100.0 0.5 0.3 0.8 0.7 0.3 0.5 0.0 0.7 2.2
Kyle Anderson 3 11.8 0.0 0.0 100.0 1.0 2.3 3.3 1.7 0.7 0.3 0.3 1.0 1.3
Nathan Knight 2 1.8 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.5 0.0
rivers of austin 4 6.8 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.5 0.5 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Wendell Moore, Jr. 1 2.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

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