How Zach Lavine's Injury Might Be Beneficial To The Wolves
on Feb 08, 2017 09:18 AM EST
Zach Lavine joins the squad of Ricky Rubio, Teddy Bridgewater, Joe Mauer and more, as he suffers a season-ending injury. The city of Minnesota isn't surprised anymore when someone from their team gets injured, because they've been having it time and time again.
So, when news broke Saturday that Zach LaVine had torn his ACL and would miss the rest of the 2017 season, Minnesota fans were saddened, but probably not shocked. This year's season started with great hopes from the Timberwolves.
The team got a talented 21-year-old trio, with a new coach in the like of Tom Thibodeau. Many had hoped that the team can finally make it to the Playoffs, but then the unfortunate happened. Lavine got a serious injury.
According to Twin Cities, this means that the Timberwolvesare only left with two offensive players. That would be enough to not let them depend on one player, but instead on the entire team's contribution.
Yes, the prowess of Lavine's shooting skill and spacing will be a big loss. But this will also allow Town to get the attention he deserves.
Then there is Andrew Wiggins, who has clear superiority when it comes to offense. With Lavine injurued, Town will be forced to adjust to the game of Wiggins.
This will promote teamwork within the team, which is then again, a good thing. According to 16 Wins Sharing, this would also give Wiggins more time to have the ball in his hands.
This will not only shift the team's dependence, but will also make Wiggins a more all-around player. Yes, Dunn would do well with Jones as they are both point guards. However, they can do more than that.
With Lavine out, the two could instead become playmakers or passers, instead of direct shooters. With these being said, one can see that the injury of Lavine is not all-negative.
Yes, it is very unfortunate news for Lavine and the team as well. However, settling on the mere negativities would just bring everyone down. Getting to have a little bit of optimism would surely help the team.