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Dane Moore NBA Podcast: Life Without Malik Beasley + Observations From Wizards-Wolves

Minnesota Timberwolves v Washington Wizards Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images

The Minnesota Timberwolves have now lost seven consecutive games — four under Ryan Saunders and three under Chris Finch. And Saturday night’s loss to the Washington Wizards — the first game of Malik Beasley’s twelve-game suspension — highlighted how much is going to change with Beasley’s out of the lineup. Along those lines, on today’s pod we discuss:

  • Finch’s decision to lean into defense with Beasley out of the mix

The Wolves started Karl-Anthony Towns, Jarred Vanderbilt, Josh Okogie, Anthony Edwards and Ricky Rubio.

  • The new lineups potential to both be more effective defensively — and it did look competent on that end in the first half — and to really kill the offense’s spacing
  • The opportunity guys like Jarrett Culver, Jaden McDaniels and Anthony Edwards have to further asset themselves offensively in Beasley’s extended absence
(If you can’t access the Spotify player, click here to listen to the latest episode.)