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Wolves Head Coach Chris Finch Named Western Conference Coach of the Month

Chris Finch becomes just the third coach in franchise history to earn Coach of the Month honors as he has the Timberwolves sitting atop the NBA standings.

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Amid this three-day break for the Minnesota Timberwolves, the team received some great news from the NBA office.

Head Coach Chris Finch received his very first Coach of the Month Award, though it comes as no surprise to most. After leading the Wolves to a 14-4 record during the first month and a half, tied for first in the league, he rightfully earned the nod for the Western Conference. However, it wasn’t always smooth sailing from the get-go. Despite a spotless 5-0 preseason record, Minnesota sputtered out to a disappointing 1-2 regular season start which had the masses clamoring to “Fire Finch!” Fast forward 30 days later, Minnesota sits atop the standings despite navigating the 13th hardest strength of schedule and managing a handful of injuries to key rotation players in October and November.

  • Anthony Edwards: one game
  • Jaden McDaniels: seven games
  • Jordan McLaughlin: 13 games

“Finchy” now becomes the third coach in franchise history to win a Coach of the Month award, joining former coach Kevin McHale (2009) and the late Flip Saunders (2001, 2003, 2004). In under three total seasons as the head coach, he has accumulated the second most coaching victories (104) behind just Saunders. The team is now experiencing heights that they’ve never achieved in their entire existence.

There are a number of amazing statistics that you can pull from this team. Currently, their defensive rating still remains number one in the league (106.7). Their net rating is fourth in the league (6.5). The offense is still coming together, but Finch’s new approach from being a more flow-based system to include more schemes has helped Karl-Anthony Towns and Naz Reid becomes the only players to enter the prestigious 50/40/90 club this season. Both Towns and Rudy Gobert are top five in a number of individual player defensive metrics (Shoutout, Elston Turner). They’ve built a ton of double-digit leads, battled back from double-digit deficits, and churned out victory after victory

Most importantly, Finch has his team (and fan base) bought in. Everyone is sacrificing for one another and getting them to star in their roles. Whether it’s their commitment to defense. Whether it’s coming off the bench. Even if it’s for remaining ready on the sidelines until their number is called. The level of professionalism and maturity displayed on a night-to-night basis is something that we haven’t seen since literally decades ago.

The Wolves are here and as long as Chris Finch is at the helm, they aren’t going anywhere.