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    Thumbs up Minnesota's defense has been elite (#1 ranked; -11.9 rDRTG)

    Six games in, Minnesota has been dominant on defense. Rudy looks rejuvenated and playing like his Utah self. McDaniels has picked up where he left off last season. Ant is bringing intensity and effort. Even KAT is playing his part.

    They just locked down two of the top offenses in the league. They look like a problem!

    Minnesota Timberwolves 2024: 100.5 DRTG
    League average offensive rating: 112.4

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    Default Re: Minnesota's defense has been elite (#1 ranked; -11.9 rDRTG)

    Where's Greg Monroe and Hassan Whiteside when you need them?

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    Default Re: Minnesota's defense has been elite (#1 ranked; -11.9 rDRTG)

    That was Holiday's first bad game as a Celtic. Aside from Towns that's a very focused team defensively.

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    Default Re: Minnesota's defense has been elite (#1 ranked; -11.9 rDRTG)

    This defense is special, I'm telling you guys.

    Top 5 perimeter defender in Jaden (who is arguably the best perimeter defender)
    Top 5 post defender who is playing like the DPOY right now.

    Edwards is an elite point of attack defender.
    Kyle Anderson is a very good defensive role player.
    Conley is also a very smart defender.
    NAW is a very good defender.

    We might have the best defensive team in years right now

    For the first time since 03-04 it isn't hyperbole to say that if our defensive dominance can translate to the play offs that we can be a contender. Play off Ant with the best defense in the league backing him up? Scary

    Clown Karl has to go though
    Last edited by FireDavidKahn; 11-07-2023 at 08:44 AM.

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    Default Re: Minnesota's defense has been elite (#1 ranked; -11.9 rDRTG)

    Quote Originally Posted by FireDavidKahn View Post
    This defense is special, I'm telling you guys.

    Top 5 perimeter defender in Jaden (who is arguably the best perimeter defender)
    Top 5 post defender who is playing like the DPOY right now.

    Edwards is an elite point of attack defender.
    Kyle Anderson is a very good defensive role player.
    Conley is also a very smart defender.
    NAW is a very good defender.

    We might have the best defensive team in years right now

    For the first time since 03-04 it isn't hyperbole to say that if our defensive dominance can translate to the play offs that we can be a contender. Play off Ant with the best defense in the league backing him up? Scary

    Clown Karl has to go though
    I agree. Minnesota's defensive rating relative to the league-average offense (rDRtg) will obviously come down from -11.9 as the league settles, but I can see them doing at least -5, which hasn't been done by a championship team since 2008.

    1964 Celtics -8.7 rDRtg
    2008 Celtics -8.6 rDRtg
    2004 Pistons -7.5 rDRtg
    2005 Spurs -7.3 rDRtg
    1999 Spurs -7.2 rDRtg
    1965 Celtics -7.2 rDRtg
    2007 Spurs -6.5 rDRtg
    1963 Celtics -6.3 rDRtg
    1962 Celtics -6.1 rDRtg
    1970 Knicks -6.0 rDRtg
    2000 Lakers -5.9 rDRtg
    1996 Bulls -5.9 rDRtg
    1961 Celtics -5.5 rDRtg
    1998 Bulls -5.3 rDRtg
    1994 Rockets -4.9 rDRtg
    2022 Warriors -4.9 rDRtg
    2017 Warriors -4.8 rDRtg
    1986 Celtics -4.6 rDRtg
    1990 Pistons -4.6 rDRtg
    1969 Celtics -4.6 rDRtg
    1966 Celtics -4.5 rDRtg
    2012 Heat -4.4 rDRtg
    1972 Lakers -4.4 rDRtg
    2020 Lakers -4.3 rDRtg
    1997 Bulls -4.3 rDRtg
    2015 Warriors -4.2 rDRtg
    2014 Spurs -4.2 rDRtg
    1973 Knicks -4.2 rDRtg
    2003 Spurs -3.9 rDRtg
    2010 Lakers -3.9 rDRtg
    1983 Sixers -3.8 rDRtg
    1992 Bulls -3.7 rDRtg
    1979 Sonics -3.7 rDRtg
    1960 Celtics -3.7 rDRtg
    2009 Lakers -3.6 rDRtg
    1971 Bucks -3.6 rDRtg
    1959 Celtics -3.5 rDRtg
    2019 Raptors -3.3 rDRtg
    1984 Celtics -3.2 rDRtg
    1989 Pistons -3.1 rDRtg
    2002 Lakers -2.8 rDRtg
    1968 Celtics -2.8 rDRtg
    1967 Sixers -2.8 rDRtg
    1991 Bulls -2.7 rDRtg
    1981 Celtics -2.7 rDRtg
    1955 Nationals -2.7 rDRtg
    1974 Celtics -2.6 rDRtg
    1957 Celtics -2.5 rDRtg
    2011 Mavericks -2.2 rDRtg
    2013 Heat -2.1 rDRtg
    2016 Cavaliers -1.9 rDRtg
    1993 Bulls -1.9 rDRtg
    1987 Lakers -1.8 rDRtg
    2006 Heat -1.7 rDRtg
    1976 Celtics -1.6 rDRtg
    1977 Blazers -1.5 rDRtg
    1980 Lakers -1.4 rDRtg
    1982 Lakers -1.4 rDRtg
    2018 Warriors -1.0 rDRtg
    1985 Lakers -0.9 rDRtg
    1995 Rockets -0.8 rDRtg
    1988 Lakers -0.8 rDRtg
    2021 Bucks -0.8 rDRtg
    1958 Hawks -0.8 rDRtg
    2023 Nuggets -0.6 rDRtg
    1978 Wizards -0.4 rDRtg
    1975 Warriors -0.3 rDRtg
    1956 Warriors +0.1 rDRtg
    2001 Lakers +1.8 rDRtg

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    Default Re: Minnesota's defense has been elite (#1 ranked; -11.9 rDRTG)

    They are not winning a title. They're too dumb as a team when it matters and Rudy will be exposed as per usual in the playoffs.

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    Default Re: Minnesota's defense has been elite (#1 ranked; -11.9 rDRTG)

    They have some serious talent. I expect them to win 55+ games. They will need KAT to get his shit together in playoffs though.

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    Default Re: Minnesota's defense has been elite (#1 ranked; -11.9 rDRTG)

    The Wolves aren't gonna contend. They are also #21 on offense.

    Pump the brakes!

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    Default Re: Minnesota's defense has been elite (#1 ranked; -11.9 rDRTG)

    Quote Originally Posted by FireDavidKahn View Post
    This defense is special, I'm telling you guys.

    Top 5 perimeter defender in Jaden (who is arguably the best perimeter defender)
    Top 5 post defender who is playing like the DPOY right now.

    Edwards is an elite point of attack defender.
    Kyle Anderson is a very good defensive role player.
    Conley is also a very smart defender.
    NAW is a very good defender.

    We might have the best defensive team in years right now

    For the first time since 03-04 it isn't hyperbole to say that if our defensive dominance can translate to the play offs that we can be a contender. Play off Ant with the best defense in the league backing him up? Scary

    Clown Karl has to go though
    Conley called it before the season started. Gobert with actual help for once at both ends is scary!

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    Default Re: Minnesota's defense has been elite (#1 ranked; -11.9 rDRTG)

    Quote Originally Posted by Carbine View Post
    They are not winning a title. They're too dumb as a team when it matters and Rudy will be exposed as per usual in the playoffs.
    He was exposed because he couldn't guard 5 players by himself. Not exactly the same thing when everyone is defending and 2 inefficient players aren't dominating the ball on offense

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    Default Re: Minnesota's defense has been elite (#1 ranked; -11.9 rDRTG)

    I wouldn't be surprised if we got a Thinking Basketball video on Minnesota's defense. Maybe if they continue to play well for another 6 games.

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    Default Re: Minnesota's defense has been elite (#1 ranked; -11.9 rDRTG)

    Anthony Edwards when asked about accepting the challenge of guarding Jayson Tatum: “He got the stop on me at the end of the game. And he was talkin smack at the jump ball at overtime. And I told him, ‘I’m comin again’. Luckily, he called me up for an iso and tried to iso me, and I’m like, ‘I play defense, I just got five fouls’. So I had to show him I could play defense. But he’s a great player, one of the best players in the league, for sure.” Here’s that possession, Ant v. Tatum… pic.twitter.com/lWUeR41HDm
    Imagine if Gobert had had that from his teams leading scorer in Utah. Instead he had Mitchell

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    Default Re: Minnesota's defense has been elite (#1 ranked; -11.9 rDRTG)

    Opponents are shooting 35.4% from the field vs Rudy Gobert this season, per @nbastats

    Nikola Jokic: 1-7 FG
    Trae Young: 3-7 FG
    *Kristaps Porzingis: 2-6 FG
    *Jaylen Brown: 1-5 FG
    *Jrue Holiday: 2-5 FG
    Tyler Herro: 0-4 FG
    Clint Capela: 0-3 FG
    Jamal Murray: 0-3 FG
    *Jayson Tatum: 0-2 FG

    *Last night

    Rudy is on a MISSION this year to prove everyone wrong after he played most of last year with a bad back.

    Revenge Rudy

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    Default Re: Minnesota's defense has been elite (#1 ranked; -11.9 rDRTG)

    None of that matters. The playoffs will prove everything we need to know. He can't do anything in the regular season to remove the stain from his reputation.

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    Default Re: Minnesota's defense has been elite (#1 ranked; -11.9 rDRTG)

    Quote Originally Posted by FireDavidKahn View Post
    Opponents are shooting 35.4% from the field vs Rudy Gobert this season, per @nbastats

    Nikola Jokic: 1-7 FG
    Trae Young: 3-7 FG
    *Kristaps Porzingis: 2-6 FG
    *Jaylen Brown: 1-5 FG
    *Jrue Holiday: 2-5 FG
    Tyler Herro: 0-4 FG
    Clint Capela: 0-3 FG
    Jamal Murray: 0-3 FG
    *Jayson Tatum: 0-2 FG

    *Last night

    Rudy is on a MISSION this year to prove everyone wrong after he played most of last year with a bad back.

    Revenge Rudy
    I'm guessing Trae didn't get 42 on his 3-7 like Simmons did?

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