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Canis Pulsus Vol. 29 - Quarterly Report 1 Results

Hear from Timberwolves fans about the state of the team after a first quarter that was nothing but a resounding success for Chris Finch, Rudy Gobert, Anthony Edwards and Co.

Over 91 of our readers turned in their progress reports for our league-best Minnesota Timberwolves squad. The results may or may not surprise you, but let’s see if our studious Wolves have been doing their homework in Canis Pulsus Vol. 29 - Quarterly Report 1.

(Note: Canis Pulsus Vol. 29 data was collected through 12/10)


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Rudy Gobert

A+

The Stifle Tower has been dominating the competition in a way that Wolves fans have never seen. I’ve seen with my own two eyes, live in-person, the amount of fear that he instills in his opponents. Even more entertaining is the collective groan an opposing crowd makes every time their team passes up or smokes a wide open layup because of Gobert’s mere shadow. Defensive Player of the Year? We’re talking about a potential Most Valuable Player of the NBA.

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Karl-Anthony Towns

A-

“Trade KAT for picks! He’ll never get it!” How silly a time that was. As a staunch KAT supporter, I’m completely unsurprised by his ability to bounce back and be successful on both ends of the court. KAT for All-Defensive Team? Yes, please.

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Mike Conley Jr.

A

Solid as a rock. Mike has continued to be the perfect captain that keeps everything calm. When he’s not destroying opponents with floaters and three pointers, he’s smartly conducting the offense to a delightful symphony.

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Anthony Edwards

A-

Ant is taking that third year jump that we all eagerly anticipated. Despite his current hip injury, he’s managed to already regain national attention with some unbelievable performances. Believe that.

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Naz Reid

A-

Naz Reid.

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Kyle Anderson

B-

SlowMo’s had a slow start to the season, unfortunately. He’s been able to make key plays that have helped the Wolves get out to their red hot start, but it hasn’t been as smooth as we’ve been used to. He’ll surely bounce back and hopefully so will his three point touch (on limited attempts, please).

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Shake Milton

D+

No one has had a rougher go at it this season than Shake. He hasn’t been able to find chemistry with his teammates on the court, nor has he been able to provide the scoring punch we expected him to bring. There’s still time for him to turn it around as evidenced by his most recent performance versus the Grizzlies, but the clock is ticking.

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Nickeil Alexander-Walker

B+

I have to admit my own personal bias here: NAW is one of my favorite players on this team. Not only is he a living definition of “starring in your role,” but he also knows how to bend his role to whatever the teams needs are while maintaining a level of hustle and energy. Hit open 3s? You got it. Guard the opposing team’s best perimeter player? Sure. Dive to the ground and pick up the 50-50 balls? Done. Bring the ball up the court and create plays? No problem.

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Troy Brown Jr.

B+

Downtown Troy Brown (Credit: Grady) has been a revelation for the Wolves. Where Shake Milton has struggled, TBJ has strived. We’ve seen him be one of our best perimeter threats in this young season already, but he also provides a level of steadiness on defense that is sorely needed. He’s taken on a Taurean Prince role on the court and it’s been delightful.

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Jaden McDaniels

B

Almost half of Slim’s results were “Incomplete” due to an ankle injury that’s kept him out for the majority of the season. When he was on the court, he continued to prove to the league that he’s a premier defender, but also surprised many with his rapidly developing offensive bag. Once he’s back and healthy, it’s over for the NBA.

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Wendell Moore Jr.

Incomplete

Not much to say here. Moore is on his last chances with the team as he has struggled to standout even in the G-League.

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Jordan McLaughlin

Incomplete

JMac was looking like he was back in the preseason, but unfortunately another injury has derailed his season as of now. The lack of backup point guard depth has shown itself early in the year, so his return will be much appreciated.

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Daishen Nix

Incomplete

Every team needs a hilarious end of the bench guy who makes funny reactions to his teammates highlight plays. Nix is that. He’s showing some stuff with the Iowa Wolves, but he may not be an on-the-court contributor this season.

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Leonard Miller

Incomplete

Lenny! I prefer Leo, but I digress. Miller is our special project that we can’t wait to see unveiled once finished. If he progresses faster than expected, he may be an intriguing piece to the Wolves championship run this season.

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Josh Minott

Incomplete

Why Not, Minott has been upgraded from a full-time G-League player, to end of the bench guy. I’m sure Josh will take that, as he eagerly awaits his name to be called upon. The Lawn Mower is ready!

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Luka Garza

Incomplete

Will Luka get his opportunity this season? With the Wolves humming at an all-time pace, that might not be likely, but everyone is happy to see him on our roster and even happier to see him toast his defenders in garbage time.

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Coaching staff

A

Finchy and his crew have done an amazing job squeezing nearly every ounce of productivity out of his team as possible so far. There’s some things to tighten up on offense, but that should surely come in due time. Especially with everyone getting back to health soon. Keeping on flying, Finch! Cheep, cheep.

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Front office

A

How quickly we are to judge sometimes. Despite routinely getting middling scores all last season, not too much has changed in the offseason and “all of a sudden,” the front office earns A scores. The proof is on the court and sometimes it takes time for the bun in the oven to bake.

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Ownership

A-

We’ll see in the near future what happens here exactly. There’s always some rumors of Marc Lore and ARod not having enough capital to take over, but there hasn’t been anything serious yet. Hopefully things continue on this path because whatever they’ve been signing off on has been working.

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Will the Timberwolves make the play-in tournament?

No (68%)

Only a third of our voters think we’ll make the play-in. That likely means they think we’ll finish between the eighth to twelfth seed, or they just completely misunderstood the question.

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Will the Timberwolves make the playoffs?

Yes (100%)

It’s December and we’re talking playoffs? I’m not gonna jinx it by saying it’s a guarantee, but its looking pretty promising. Dare I say second round?

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With half of the season over, my feelings on the direction of the Timberwolves are...

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Very optimistic (89%)

Previous grade: Slightly optimistic (70%)

Unlike other seasons, the reason for optimism is much more warranted. We’re the number one team in defensive rating. We have the number one record in the league. And there’s still room for growth. Optimism is at an all-time high!

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What do you hope the Timberwolves achieve in the final quarter of the season the MOST?

Continue momentum (30%)

There were a number of random suggestions here, but by far the most popular was the theme of maintaining the momentum that the Wolves are currently on. It may be easier said than done with a difficult schedule upcoming, but getting healthy will surely help!

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The progress report grades out to a 3.39 GPA! That might be a new Canis Pulsus record. You know what that means — Pizza party for the class!