Mar. 1, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves forward (7) Derrick Williams loses the ball as he is fouled by the Phoenix Suns in the first half at the US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE
At some point these are the sorts of contests the team must start to win if they want to make the playoffs, even as a player-strapped three-man show being anchored down by god-awful production at a few key spots. They have to be able to build upon their free-money wins. Tonight, they FUBAR'd it. Big time.
We're at the point of the season where it's kind of pointless to break down individual games. We have a clear idea of what the team is, what it needs, and what it should be doing. Tonight against the Suns, they were done in by ridiculous shooting and not much else.
Tonight the Wolves had an eFG of .401. They made 1 three pointer. They were unable to turn their 5 oreb advantage into anything substantial. They even had 11 more FTAs than Phoenix with 9 more FTMs and they still lost because the little orange ball wouldn't go through the little orange hoop.
They drew fouls, they didn't turn the ball over a ton, they rebounded the ball...they simply didn't make their shots. That's it. That's the gig. It's that simple.
Did they run poor sets? Did they not attack the rim? Did they settle for too many mid range contested jumpers? Not really. This game really didn't look all that different from any other except for...wait for it...they just didn't make their shots. (You could probably make a case for the team not running enough sets or not moving it enough side-to-side, but this is kind of nitpicking with their poor shooting.)
Wash. Rinse. Repeat.
Sooooooo...what say you? What else is there to talk about with a team that doesn't shoot well above .400 efg?