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Minnesota Timberwolves enter key homestand with many questions unanswered

From NBA media reports

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The Minnesota Timberwolves are in a prime position to end the NBA’s longest playoff drought. They have a record four games north of .500, are sitting on top of the Northwest Division standings and if you peak at the standings, even this early in the season, they are in the top four of the Western Conference.

And yet somehow, there’s a ton of anxiety surrounding Tom Thibodeau’s team in Minneapolis with Christmas on the horizon. Never mind all of the new faces that had to be blended into the mix and the continued maturation process young studs Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins are going through. There’s still an uneasy feeling about this team heading into a critical homestand starting with Dallas todnight, according to Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune:

Tom Thibodeau wears a perpetual scowl. Jimmy Butler has ripped the team’s lack of defensive focus multiple times. Karl-Anthony Towns spends an inordinate amount of time flailing his arms in disgust at the officials. Andrew Wiggins continues to employ a strange shot selection.

And fans are justifiably annoyed by the start of a season that promised to be the time of our lives.

This has been quintessential Wolves weirdness. Paint a mental picture that looks rosy before the season, the team wins at a decent clip, but reality jolts with a bucket of cold water over the head.

The Wolves have alternated between encouraging performances and maddening letdowns. Their rhythm the past few weeks has been herky-jerky: Win one, lose one, win one, lose one, win one, lose one.

It’s been exhausting trying to predict which team will show up from one game to the next.

You keep waiting for this collection of talent to click and sustain the level of play for a prolonged stretch. Well, here’s their chance to put the hammer down.

The Wolves enjoyed a rare three-day break to recuperate physically after finishing a crammed portion of the schedule. They start a five-game homestand Sunday against the Dallas Mavericks, the worst team in the Western Conference.

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