CM – Chris Finch breaks Minnesota’s signatories for the waiver

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The Timberwolves added a few fresh faces to the roster last week out of sheer necessity.

Minnesota used hardship exemptions to sign Chris Silva, Rayjon Tucker and Greg Monroe on 10-day deals to fill out a list ravaged by COVID-19.

The Wolves have to rely on these guys to tackle this difficult stretch with significantly fewer players. Silva checked in the game on Monday in the first quarter.

Timberwolves coach Chris Finch analyzed each of the recent new signings ahead of Monday’s game against Boston.

Silva is a 6-foot-8 forward who was at training camp with the Timberwolves before playing with the Iowa Wolves.

« He’s a good, athletic, good rolling big guy, » said Finch. “That might give us the opportunity to change the perimeter a little. He knows our system. He did a good job with our team down there in Iowa.  »

Monroe is a veterans center – the team’s only true center with Naz Reid and Karl-Anthony Towns in the logs. The 31-year-old is in his tenth NBA season and last played in the league in the 2018/19 season. He arrived Monday afternoon. Finch had little chance to speak to Monroe prior to his pre-game media availability, just 105 minutes before Monday’s tip.

« Greg is a vet. Has some properties that we already use in our system by skillfully playing through a big on the top of the floor, ”Finch said. “He can pass, hit the post a little. You know, I don’t think it’s a huge disruption to our style of play. ”

Tucker is a 6-foot-3 guard who is in his third NBA season and has been short for the last two seasons Has worked in Utah and Philadelphia. Finch said he was « actually quite intrigued » by the piano.

« Gives us an athletic, powerful wing, a good body, » said Finch. « Come out in the transition, come in the basket. We urgently miss people who can get to the basket by force.  »

Finch is used to managing squads where star players are suddenly no longer available and fresh faces lean on without preparation. It’s the life he lived as a coach abroad and then in the G League.

“Both situations were very fluid. You just don’t have to wrap yourself up in too much and go with the flow as best you can. You have to keep your philosophy at a high level, you don’t just change everything, ”said Finch. « But be ready to adapt and be ready to try anything. »

The NBA adjusted their logs on Monday so players can return to the logs after just six days based on their test results.

« Hopefully it will have a positive effect that we can get some guys back here, but everything changes every day. Who knows what tomorrow’s logs will be? Who knows what? It’s literally a minute-by-minute situation that doesn’t even feel like day to day, ”Finch said. “We go through a game plan, we do a shootout, we take a walk, in the end we find out (Boston Star Wing is Jayson Tatum). And then coach, we huddle together and say, ‘Who should we start? How do we start? ’I don’t know, because at 4 p.m. someone else could be kicked out. So why waste our time right now. We will take care of it when we are there.  »
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