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Dane Moore NBA Podcast: Losing Expectations + Assessing Saunders

Minnesota Timberwolves v Portland Trail Blazers Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images

The Minnesota Timberwolves’ loss to the Blazers felt like a regression — similar to the losses against the Lakers, and the Clippers, and the Wizards. Those three losses came before two games against Denver that felt like a progression, making another shellacking at the hands of the Blazers feel like a noteworthy step backward.

Topics from today’s pod include:

  • Ricky Rubio says (postgame audio included): “We gotta get better and we gotta get better now.” Why there hasn’t been much to take from the six losses.
  • The Damian Lillard and Jusuf Nurkic pick and roll leading to a 47-point second quarter.
  • Acknowledging that the defense remains bad, but that the defensive scheme has changed.
  • Assessing Ryan Saunders’ coaching thus far this season. Where is he not meeting expectations? Where has there been nothing he could do? And what has he done well?
(If you can’t access the Spotify player, click here to listen to the latest episode.)