Four wins in a row, and now the Wolves think they are the best team in the NBA! This is a bit the feeling of Chris Finch and Karl-Anthony Towns, very disappointed with the performance of their training last night in New Orleans. Faced with an opponent well within their reach, the Wolves played the “hare” against the “turtle” and inevitably, they… lost!
« We imagined it would be easy » sums up Chris Finch. “We’re looking for shortcuts. I do not believe that we underestimate our opponent, and it is more the fact that we wanted to take shortcuts ”.
Very frustrated, Karl-Anthony Towns has the same analysis: “ We behaved as if it was enough to be on the ground to win, and that it was going to be quiet. As if it was enough to come, to have five victories in a row, and that’s cool … But it’s the NBA, and you have to work to achieve it. Nothing is acquired. We behaved like we were going to give us this game. «
For Pat Beverley, the Wolves thought they had reached a certain level with four wins in a row, while they quickly forgot the profile of their opponents …
“The last four games were decoys… The Clippers were down. The Thunder are one of the worst teams in the NBA. Houston is one of the worst teams in the NBA. As a result, we find ourselves in the area, obviously scoring a lot of points, and we say to ourselves that this is the recipe for winning matches. Except that is not true. Our recipe has always been to defend well. «
« Every time we win three, or four games in a row, we become more or less pretentious »
Embedded in an attack match, Minnesota was very close to the hold-up, thanks in particular to the 20 points of Anthony Edwards in the last quarter. But the person blames himself, and he admits that he did not approach the match with the right attitude.
» I feel guilty. I didn’t play at all, and it would have been different if I had taken shots ” he explains about the first quarter. “I didn’t take any shots, I wasn’t aggressive, I didn’t create anything. I did not do anything. I was absent. «
Once again, Wolves shot themselves in the foot, as if the lessons of the past still weren’t taken in.
« Yet we needed this match » concludes Anthony Edwards. “Every time we win three, or four games in a row, we become more or less pretentious, and we lose our humility. We think we’ve become a great team, but that’s still not the case ”.