Expectations can be tough to live up to, even when the original expectations aren’t as high as you’d want them to be. When the Timberwolves opened the 2014-15 season, the hopes of the front office were to sneak their way into a surprise playoff run. After a trade that sent Kevin Love to Cleveland was complete, the starting lineup (Pekovic/Young/Wiggins/Brewer/Rubio opened the year, as Kevin Martin sat with a groin injury) had promise for something decent, but nothing was guaranteed.
Ultimately, a slew of injuries, inexperience, and There were some fun moments this year, but it’s hard to look back on a 16-win season with much fondness. But it’s also impossible to cover a pro basketball team, even one as bad as the Wolves were this season, and not embrace the good things that happened throughout the year. It’s the same thing for fans of the Wolves.
If one simply focused on the losses, the inconsistent (mostly bad) play of Adriean Payne the second half of the year, the injuries, and the health of Nikola Pekovic, it wouldn’t be fun. That’s not why we watch sports. So, as bad as the Wolves were this year, I’m going to look at both the good and the bad, for the sake of everyone involved. Especially myself.