The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting themselves in the foot with the way they are playing in their series against the Memphis Grizzlies. We all saw how they lost big leads in several games, which was frustrating to fans. Draymond Green saw what was happening and offered his advice to the young stars of the Wolves.
“When you talk like that, you’ve got to back that talk"
Green has a message to Karl Anthony Towns and Anthony Edwards: you have to back up your words with actions. The Golden State forward revealed KAT is not a big talker, but that changed against Memphis.
“I’ve never known Karl Towns to be such a big talker, and this year, especially as of the last few months, it’s been a lot of that. And when you talk like that, you’ve got to back that up.”
Draymond added that whenever KAT had something to say, it seemed to awaken the Grizzlies, and then they made a rally to cut the lead and win the game. The multi-skilled forward also has the same message to AntMan. Some players only need a little slight to light a fire in them. Ja Morant is one of those players. All these talks only encouraged Morant and his teammates to make a rally and steal the win.
Learning curve for Minnesota
The Wolves have a young core in D’Angelo Russell, Edwards, and Towns. If Minnesota goes on to lose this series against Ja Morant and the Grizzlies, they should treat it as a painful learning curve. They should have been up in this series, but they aren’t, and they only have themselves to blame.
The attention, hype, and the bright lights probably got to them. These young Wolves should learn to control their emotions and not lose focus on the game, no matter how big the lead or deficit was. Trash-talking the opponent if you make a spectacular play or if your lead ballooned to double-digits means you must be accountable for it or risk looking like a fool if you lose the game. Understandably, players can become emotional on the court, but they must back up whatever shit they say on the floor.
Make no mistake, KAT and AntMan have all the potential to rule the league someday, but they should learn how to finish games first before talking trash. They will learn how to manage their emotions more during crucial games and when they do, expect the Wolves to become consistent playoff contenders in the years to come.