The Minnesota Timberwolves made a huge bet that going big would be the key to becoming a contender. Thus far, the Wolves season has been a mess. But it goes well beyond the Rudy Gobert trade.
Midway through Minnesota's home loss to the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night, D'Angelo Russell had an embarrassing gaffe. During a free throw attempt, Russell left the floor. Following the free throw, the Suns brought the ball up and realized they were playing 5-on-4.
Phoenix missed the initial shot, but got an easy offensive rebound. By the time Russell ran back on the floor, Torrey Craig was hitting a wide-open three-pointer off the second chance opportunity.
This mistake, and the loss, were the latest in a rough stretch for Minnesota. Anthony Edwards has been critical of the team's spacing when Gobert and Karl-Anthony Towns are in the game together. Towns criticized Edwards' eating habits, and following the loss to Phoenix, Towns spoke about the Wolves needing to find joy in playing again.