Here we are, 15 video games into the season, and the Minnesota Timberwolves are 4-11– last in the Western Conference.

Obviously, things have not been perfect for the Wolves. Karl-Anthony Towns harmed his hand, and was among 3 gamers to miss out on time since of the league’s COVID procedures (Towns and Juancho Hernangomez are still out).

That’s a real reason that Wolves fans are keeping in hopes that when Towns returns, the team can inch back to playoff consideration. It’s an affordable excuse. Towns is the group’s finest gamer and you might make an argument they might be a.500-ish group if he’s healthy. After all, the group is just four video games back from the eighth seed.

However, FiveThirtyEight provides the Wolves a 4% opportunity to make the playoffs. I would probably choose them to have a top-5 pick rather than completing as a top-16 group in the league.

The optimism time clock is running out. The Wolves face off against the Golden State Warriors two times prior to playing the Philadelphia 76ers today. It seems like we discuss this each week, however it appears pretty realistic they lose all three video games. Returning from 10 video games below.500 in a loaded Western Conference is an obstacle for any group, let alone a team that hasn’t truly revealed us any heart or any pet at all this season.

Spoiler alert: Maybe the Wolves just aren’t that great. Who’s fault is it? You can indicate the lineup construct and how the Wolves’ gamble at power forward has actually predictably failed. You can indicate the fact that D’Angelo Russell isn’t the star fans had actually hoped. It would make fans feel better if it seemed like there was a strategy in location, but with the group’s first-round pick up in the air, it’s tough to feel genuine confident. If the plan is to win with the core of Towns, Russell and Malik Beasley, well, I simply don’t believe that’s going to suffice at any time quickly. Possibly the strategy is to wait until Anthony Edwards to be a star, however when that takes place, Towns and Russell will both most likely be on other teams.

For what it’s worth, the Wolves have the third-worst record in the league right now, which would give them a 40.1% possibility of keeping their choice.

The Wolves will play the Cleveland Cavaliers twice next week, which means seeing Collin Sexton two times.

If you have not been able to see Sexton lately, my diggity dang has he been just burning hot. The third-year guard out of Alabama been on an outright roll this season, balancing 25.5 points per video game while shooting 51.7% from the field and 45.8% from the 3-point line. Enjoying him go toe-to-toe with Kyrie Irving, who he was traded for, was an absolute blast last week.

It was reported on Monday that the league was thinking about having an All-Star game in Atlanta at some point in March.

That looks like a horrible idea thinking about multiple games weekly are getting delayed. For along with the league dealt with COVID in the bubble, the opposite might be stated for this season.

Another 10,000 Layups podcast dropped on Monday. In the episode, Julian Andrews breaks down what’s next for the Wolves. You can also hear our live reaction to Julian selling an online card for $700. You never understand what you’re going to get.