CHICAGO — The highway hasn’t been overly sort to the Minnesota Timberwolves this season.
The Timberwolves have misplaced 13 of their 16 video games away from house heading into Wednesday’s game towards the Chicago Bulls on the United Center. Minnesota finds itself in a stretch of video games through which the Timberwolves will play 4 of their subsequent 5 video games on the highway.
But if the Timberwolves had been in search of a confidence booster for the upcoming slate of video games, discovering a method to pull out a 114-112 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday, which snapped a 12-game highway dropping streak towards Western Conference opponents.
Andrew Wiggins was a significant cause why Minnesota was lastly capable of snap the dropping skid as he scored 30 factors and hit the game-winner with 14.three seconds remaining.
Now because the Timberwolves put together to face the Bulls on Wednesday, Wiggins will try and preserve Minnesota transferring in the appropriate route. His efficiency towards the Thunder supplied proof to Wiggins’ teammates that when Wiggins performs nicely, good issues occur.
“We can be beyond great,” ahead Robert Covington mentioned after Sunday’s victory, based on the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
After the 12 straight Western Conference highway losses, the victory on Sunday lifted the spirits of a group that hasn’t seen issues come simple all 12 months. And as a lot as discovering a method to win away from house meant, discovering a method to win interval might have supplied an emotional raise.
“We’re just tired of losing,” mentioned ahead Taj Gibson, who will face his former group on Wednesday in Chicago. “We felt [Sunday] that we were a better team than what we showed. Guys were real resilient.”
Now, the Timberwolves (15-18) will face a Chicago group that, like Minnesota, has skilled its justifiable share of problem this season. Chicago (9-25) will carry a two-game profitable streak into Wednesday’s game.
Despite dropping six of its final 10 video games, Chicago has managed to string collectively consecutive double-digit victories over the Orlando Magic and Cleveland Cavaliers collectively. Like the Timberwolves, confidence might bode nicely for a group that has struggled all season with accidents and that may proceed to play with out beginning ahead Bobby Portis.
But after placing collectively its first two-game profitable streak of the season, Chicago will look to proceed to play the model of basketball that has introduced some enjoyment again to the Bulls.
Chicago’s newest victory got here in a 112-92 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday through which Lauri Markkanen scored 31 factors and has now scored 30 factors in back-to-back video games for the primary time in his profession.
“We’re having fun playing basketball,” Markkanen mentioned after the victory on Sunday, based on the Chicago Tribune.
The Bulls at the moment are Four-6 beneath Jim Boylen, who took over the group after Fred Hoiberg was fired following a disappointing begin to the season. The Bulls have managed to return collectively after a closed-door assembly with gamers and coaches that Markkanen mentioned improved the chemistry of the group.
Boylen has taken a direct strategy to his group and mentioned that is the one means the Bulls will proceed to enhance.
“We’re direct and honest every day,” Boylen mentioned, based on the Tribune. “We’ve kept our message consistent of what we believe in and what I hope we can become. You have to give the guys credit.”