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Timberwolves president-coach Tom Thibodeau was reportedly on thin ice amid the Jimmy Butler trade saga. But since dealing Butler for Robert Covington and Dario Saric, Minnesota has gone 9-3.
Still, the Timberwolves are just 10th in the West. Even with
The Sixers will look to keep the turnovers down and build - and keep - a lead tonight against the Grizzlies, a team they just blew a big advantage to a couple weeks ago. By Serena Winters
Ben Simmons believes the Philadelphia 76ers will continue to get better as they launch an assault on the Eastern Conference.
Since Robert Covington and Dario Saric arrived in the Jimmy Butler trade from the 76ers, Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau has stuck to a nine-man rotation. That has meant Anthony Tolliver and rookie Josh Okogie, who were getting time before the trade, have spent most of the past few weeks on the bench
Minnesota is 5-2 since they traded away Jimmy Butler, and the main reason is the defense is better. Over those seven games, the Timberwolves are allowing 100.9 points per 100 possessions, the third-best defense in the NBA over that stretch. It’s not just one thing, as Dane Moore breaks down well at Zone Coverage (with a lot of video evidence), but the key thing is Robert Covington — who came West in the trade along with Dario Saric — has been playing lockdown defense, flying all over that end of the court, and is in Karl-Anthony Towns‘ ear about defense.