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