The Minnesota Timberwolves have been the most underwhelming team of the 2016/17 season so far. Much was expected of the young Wolves following the arrival of head coach Tom Thibodeau but they have flattered to deceived, currently sitting on a 5-13 record.
Their performances have been a series of Jekyll and Hyde games; flying out the blocks with the sort of confident, exciting basketball we expected before crashing down to earth in the second half with a string of disastrous displays.
Last night's game with the New York Knicks followed a comparable narrative as the Wolves showed the good and bad aspects of their game.
Karl-Anthony Towns had a career night, dropping 47 points and pulling down 18 rebounds, but it was in vain as the Timberwolves fell 106-104.
Having dropped to a big deficit, Minnesota went on a 22-6 run - inspired by Towns - but failed to continue the momentum in the clutch as Kristaps Porzingis and Carmelo Anthony secured victory for the Eastern Conference franchise.
The Latvian had a big second chance dunk as he cleaned up a Brandon Jennings miss and slammed the ball home before Melo won the game with two incredibly clutch plays.
First, he hit a go-ahead jump shot over Andrew Wiggins in isolation - leaving two seconds on the clock for Minnesota to respond - before tipping Zach LaVine's attempted inbound pass and seeing the clock run down.
For Towns, it's a night he will remember, but it has been soured somewhat by defeat. The Wolves have problems, and their breakout season is not going to plan.