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The team is allowing the NBAs second-most fast-break points through four games.

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The Timberwolves have talked a lot abouthow their defense is going to lookin the halfcourt with Rudy Gobert, how they will largely deploy a drop scheme when he is on the floor and switch up to the kind of high wall coverage they played last season when hes not.

But it doesnt matter how well they play the drop or high wall if they keep faltering at a different aspect of defense transition.

If theres one constant to how opponents want to attack a Wolves team that features two lumbering big men, its to get out and run.

The Wolves are among the worst transition defensive teams in the NBA through their first four games. They are allowing 21 points per game on fast breaks, second-worst in the league. That statistic doesnt even account for all the easy shots generated in transition after a couple of passes against a scrambled defense.

The Spurs had 24 fast-break points as they opened up a 35-point lead on their way to anine-point victory Monday at Target Center.

We have to understand what our flaws are and how we have to cover them, coach Chris Finch said. Such as, we may not be the fastest of foot from end line to end line, but weve got to make a better effort.

Transition defense begins on the offensive end of the floor because teams usually cant run as well after made baskets. Thats where the Wolves shot selection is hurting them.

We have to take good shots and we cant turn it over and weve got to make sure that we have an opportunity to set our defense as best as we possibly can, Finch said. When we do get caught in transition weve got to read the floor, make the right matchups.

Its not an easy fix with Towns and Gobert on the floor. Anthony Edwards said the non-centers in the starting lineup himself, DAngelo Russell and Jaden McDaniels have to make sure they are getting back more effectively.

We just got to get back so Rudy can get back and help us, Edwards said. Were not even getting back and declaring the ball. Were not talking. Were just quiet out there right now.

Communication has been the biggest problem, Gobert said. High on the list of improvements needed is figuring out more quickly who is guarding the ball and who is protecting the rim.

Someone else needs to cover that until the bigs get back, Gobert said. And then whoever gets back first can see everything thats happening, so theyre gonna be the one talking to the other guys and helping them out.

It just helps, you know, especially on those nights when you dont have as much legs. The communication is really what separates a good team, the average team from really good teams.

The Wolves are a .500 team just four games into the season. They have a big fix in front of them if they want to get better soon.

Running and getting layups after layups, theres no game plan for that, Gobert said. Theres no real communication for that. Its just us running back. And it obviously starts with me setting the tone defensively. It doesnt take much energy to talk, you just got to want to do it. Were not there yet. Hopefully were gonna get there soon, and were going to learn.

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Chris Hineis the Timberwolves reporter at the Star Tribune.

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