Tom Thibodeau Rumors
The Wolves’ last playoff game at Target Center was Game 5 of the 2004 Western Conference finals against the Los Angeles Lakers, a 98-96 victory that forced a Game 6 they lost in L.A. “It’s great,” Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau said. “We’ve had great support all year and we certainly appreciate the support we’ve gotten. I know how hard this team has worked andfought to make it. You’re trying to erase 14 years of losing. It’s not an easy thing to do. This team has fought like crazy all year. We were basically a three-seed when Jimmy went down. We finished out game out of the fourth spot. I’m proud of what they’ve done and now our challenge is to win this next game.” Injuries
Tim McMahon: Clint Capela is completely dominating them. Just running them up and down the floor. Killed them on the glass. If you watched this series and said, ‘Hey, one of these bigs is one of the rising superstars of he league,’ you’d say, ‘Yeah, that Capela kid is amazing.’ Brian Windhorst: I don’t think it’s a very well-kept secret that Towns and Thibs aren’t exactly buddies. And that’ll be soon to see how that plays out going forward.
That’s why coming to Minnesota was not just a preference for him, but perhaps a necessity. Familiar faces abound, from coaches Tom Thibodeau, Andy Greer, Ed Pinckney and Rick Brunson to teammates Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson. If it doesn’t work here, it will be hard for him to find a more comfortable environment. “I wanted to go somewhere I was familiar with coach,” Rose said last week. “Being here was the perfect position and situation where we have a young team. I believe they don’t know how good they are. I believe the city don’t know how good the team is. We can bring that excitement not only to the team, but to the city. It’s the perfect situation.”
There were even doubts internally, so much so that Rose needed assurances that the organization was on board with the move before he made the final agreement to come to Minnesota, league sources told The Athletic. Through it all, questions about Rose’s character, his health and his state of mind, Thibodeau has never flinched. “He’s got great instincts,” Thibodeau said as the regular season drew to a close. “You’re just seeing the tip of it. This year has been basically a lost year, but he’s super-talented. That’s why we picked him up. He’s played very well for us.”
Jerry Zgoda: Thibs calls Harden hard to guard because of his shiftiness, his ability to put ball on floor and draws fouls. “He sells what he does. Grabbing and holding a lot, that’s what he does. He’s a great, great player.”
Tim MacMahon: Tom Thibodeau liked the way the Timberwolves handled the Rockets switching in Game 1: “Now you’ve got a speed advantage. A guy like [Jeff] Teague is very good attacking bigs off the dribble.”
Minnesota Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau called for All-Star center Karl-Anthony Towns to play with more energy after Towns was an offensive afterthought in his playoff debut. Towns scored eight points on 3-of-9 shooting in the Timberwolves’ 104-101 loss to the Houston Rockets in Sunday’s Game 1. Thibodeau noted that the Rockets’ strategy of switching and double-teaming Towns was effective, but he put much of the onus for the off night on the 22-year-old big man’s shoulders. “He’s got to be more active,” Thibodeau said.