The Minnesota Timberwolves’ 3-7 record would look a whole lot different if it weren’t for the third quarter. Minnesota ranks second in both first- and second-quarter net rating, a stat that measures a team’s point differential per 100 possessions.
However, the Wolves have completely fallen apart in the third. Minnesota ranks last in the NBA with -33.1 third-quarter net rating. This means that per 100 third-quarter possessions, the Timberwolves Doug McDermott Authentic Womens Jersey are being outscored by more than 33 points.
While the @Timberwolves have a 3-6 record and have underperformed…quarter by quarter net rating says they are a sleeping giant. pic.twitter.com/0YTmaiUWHr
— Jim Petersen (@JimPeteHoops) November 15, 2016
And that was before the team’s 115-108 loss to the Hornets on Tuesday. The Wolves took a 12-point halftime lead, but Hornets opened the third on a 15-2 run and ended the quarter with a 21-4 surge. The Wolves rallied in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough. Again.
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