MMPG: Team of the Week
Maybe Kevin McHale knew what he was doing all along when he assembled these seemingly mismatched Minnesota Timberwolves. Or maybe they have simply hit an impressive hot streak. Whatever the case, the Timberwolves have pulled off an incredible turnaround since recording a season-high (or low) 13-game losing streak in December.
They entered Christmas with a 4-23 record, but Santa Claus has apparently left some confidence, shooting touch and grit under the tree, because since then the Timbwerwolves are a completely different team.
Minnesota (11-25) has won five in a row, seven of its past nine games overall, and is the only team to go undefeated in 2009. Last week, the Timberwolves recorded wins against Memphis, Oklahoma City and Milwaukee. Those three teams have losing records, but the win over Milwaukee was impressive considering the Bucks had just come off a huge win over New Jersey the night before -- and McHale was ejected in the first quarter and star center Al Jefferson fouled out with 90 seconds remaining and the team clinging to a three-point lead.
McHale is now 7-18 since replacing Randy Wittman. But after starting 0-8, his players have clearly responded to him. Jefferson has been a consistent double-double all season, but Randy Foye -- who has had to play in the shadow of Brandon Roy since they were traded for each other in the 2006 NBA draft -- was huge in the wins over Memphis and Oklahoma City, scoring a combined 55 points.
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