Timberwolves Make History: November's Unprecedented Success and Rudy Gobert's Redemption

Rudy Gobert and Walker Kessler November 30, 2023

 

In a month marked by historic triumphs, the Minnesota Timberwolves have not only rewritten their own narrative but have secured their place as the most successful Minnesota sports franchise for a single month. November concluded with a stellar 13-2 record, showcasing the Timberwolves' dominance in the Western Conference.

Closing out the month with a bang, the Timberwolves secured big wins against the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Utah Jazz. Despite Anthony Edwards' absence due to a hip contusion during the Oklahoma City Thunder game, Troy Brown Jr. stepped up admirably with a remarkable performance, contributing 17 points, including a 3-4 display on three-pointers.

In the game against the Jazz, Nickel Alexander-Walker emerged as a standout player with an impressive stat line of 20 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists, and a game-high 5 steals.

Thursday's victory over the Jazz marked the Timberwolves' 10th day in the number 1 position in the Western Conference this season. Astonishingly, this matches the total number of days the Timberwolves occupied the top spot in the West in their previous 34 years of existence.

The victory against the Jazz not only closed out a historic month for the Timberwolves but also played a crucial role in reshaping the narrative around the controversial Rudy Gobert trade. A year ago, skeptics doubted the feasibility of two 7-footers playing together, and critics insisted that the trade had mortgaged the Timberwolves' future.

Fast forward to the current season, and Rudy Gobert is proving his worth. His dominance on the defensive end has been a key factor in the Timberwolves' impressive 13-4 start to the season. Gobert is now resembling the Defensive Player of the Year the Timberwolves envisioned when making the bold trade.

Last season's growing pains are giving way to a more cohesive unit this season, with Gobert's impact on full display. The narrative around the trade has shifted from skepticism to acknowledgment of Gobert's integral role in the Timberwolves' defensive prowess.

As the Timberwolves rewrite history and redefine their narrative, fans are witnessing a team that not only overcame skepticism but has emerged as a force to be reckoned with in the NBA. The future looks promising for Timberwolves enthusiasts who have endured years of ups and downs, now reveling in the team's unprecedented success.