As Anthony Edwards as soon as once more turned Target Center into his personal private playground on Monday evening, the vitality coursing by way of the gang made it felt like Edwards was singularly going to convey the Timberwolves again from a 21-point second-half deficit.
With every transition bucket and three-pointer Edwards hit, that perception grew stronger. But it appeared solely Edwards held the important thing to the lid that was on the basket many of the evening, and the Wolves made positive that lid was secured by laying brick upon brick on high of it in a 107-98 loss to New Orleans. This marked the second consecutive poor displaying by the offense, which shot 34%. That left Edwards ticked.
After the sport, Edwards (28 factors) had a few of his most pointed feedback in a postgame media session since becoming a member of the Wolves. In specific, Edwards, who was the final particular person to converse postgame, mentioned he, Karl-Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russell had to do a greater job of sharing the ball with their teammates.
“We assume we the one ones on the workforce,” Edwards mentioned. “We received to be prepared to move the ball. There’s no ‘I’ in workforce. We cannot beat 5 individuals with three individuals. We beat 5 individuals with 5 individuals. We received to be prepared to play with our teammates. Trust our teammates and … share the ball.”
In order for that to occur, Edwards mentioned he was about to get extra vocal across the workforce regardless that he is nonetheless one of many youngest members.
“I do not actually discuss an excessive amount of so far as on the court docket. I let my sport lead,” Edwards mentioned. “But now I see that I’m gonna begin speaking extra so far as, ‘You want to lock in, bruh. Pass the ball. Four individuals on you, move the ball,’ know what I’m saying?’ I’m finna begin speaking much more. It’ll be higher coming from me?”
Russell might use any type of motivation to get going. Two days after saying it appeared like he forgot how to play basketball, it did not seem to be Russell’s reminiscence reloaded. He shot solely 3-for-14 for 9 factors.
“Every participant goes by way of a hunch sooner or later within the season,” coach Chris Finch mentioned. “His simply occurs to be proper now. He’s not the one one which’s not notably taking pictures the ball effectively. He’ll be effective.”
Towns overcame early foul bother to end with 32, however that set the tone because the Wolves fell behind double digits with out him on the ground. Jonas Valanciunas had 22 factors and 23 rebounds for New Orleans and pestered the Wolves with 9 offensive boards. The offense staggered with out Towns and even when he returned because the Wolves fell behind by 21 within the third quarter. Edwards’ third quarter received them nearer — they’d get as shut as 4, however the offense fell limp.
“It’s nonetheless laborious to watch,” Finch mentioned. “There’s not a whole lot of rhythm on the market. Guys try to do an excessive amount of by themselves, not letting the ball do the work, issues we talked about, getting that move.”
That echoed what Edwards was saying afterward, besides Edwards was rather more blunt in his evaluation. He mentioned the offense regarded prefer it ought to in preseason. Now that the video games rely, it morphed into one thing else. According to Edwards, that has to change — shortly.
“Preseason everyone is sharing the ball. Everybody joyful,” Edwards mentioned. “So when the season begins every thing modified. I. I. I. I need to shoot this. I need to shoot that. … Me, KAT and D-Lo received to do a greater job of getting them the ball, as a result of Coach attracts every thing up for us. We’ve received to do a greater job of getting them concerned, making them really feel wished within the offense, not simply on protection.”