The Timberwolves have lost 16 of their past 19 games. That’s pretty bad, but after watching the team for the last decade or so, I’m used to it.
Another thing I’m used to is being told that one young player or another is “figuring it out.” Over the past few years, we’ve been told that Randy Foye, Corey Brewer, Rashad McCants, Wayne Ellington, Jonny Flynn, Michael Beasley, and Wes Johnson – among countless others – have been on their way to “figuring it out,” even as we watched the Wolves lose eight straight of fourteen of fifteen or that sort of thing. What I’ve learned is that “figuring it out” is a nicer way of saying, “Boy, this guy has been completely lost and useless this year, but he’s not so tonight – why, he’s almost league average!”
Wednesday night, Derrick Williams played what may have been his best game of the year. He attacked the basket, he made a couple of three-pointers, he rebounded well, so despite shooting 41% from the floor he managed to score 24 points and grab 16 rebounds in 37 minutes.
You may hear someone, today, wondering if Williams has “figured it out.” Or “turned a corner.” Or “started to get comfortable.”
If you hear someone say that today, you have my permission to think back to Jonny Flynn or Michael Beasley, and then punch that stupid person right in the face.