The Timberwolves’ rotations over the weekend showed a reckless disregard for the defensive side of the ball.

Minnesota already isn’t flush with defensive ability, but by Saturday’s drubbing at the hands of lowly Houston, the Wolves had removed Jarrett Culver, Jarred Vanderbilt and Jake Layman from the rotation.

Those are three of very few guys Minnesota has that are committed to the defensive end of the floor.

At that point, Jaden McDaniels is essentially on an island. And you can’t defend five players with one.

It’s fun for many to think about the Timberwolves’ offensive firepower when they get back to full strength in the near future — Karl-Anthony Towns, D’Angelo Russell, Malik Beasley and Anthony Edwards are all supreme scorers.

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But let those Houston games — in which Minnesota lost one, and should’ve lost two — be a lesson: outscoring teams is a bad way to live in basketball.

Because even the bad teams — and Houston, like Minnesota, is very bad this season — have players capable of getting buckets if you let them.

And the Wolves have a tendency to roll out the red carpet for opponents. One or two open looks gets guys rolling.

“In the NBA, when a team scores easily, gets their juices flowing and gets into the game, we couldn’t contain the ball, and that was the story all night,” head coach Chris Finch said Saturday. “We could not contain the ball.”

That’s how Kevin Porter Jr. drops 25 on you, and D.J. Augustin scores 20. That’s how a Houston team void of much offensive talent shoots 54 percent from the field and 46 percent from deep.

Finch tried going zone, he tried switching matchups. None of it matters. It doesn’t matter when you’re not committed to the defensive end, nor possess any defensive prowess.

Towns has his moments but isn’t really a defensive anchor. Malik Beasley struggles with the team defense, but not nearly to the point Anthony Edwards does. Edwards’ defensive woes have left him on the bench at the end of recent games, but the damage is already done if you aren’t defending in the first quarter.

Coming off the bench, Naz Reid and Jaylen Nowell aren’t defensive gurus, and Jordan McLaughlin’s size can sometimes be a detriment.

You certainly can’t expect the defensive to magically improve when Russell returns to the lineup — he’s another minus defender.

Finch needs to decide whether it would be smarter to re-insert one or two of the guys committed to defending back into the rotation, or if Minnesota is truly going to sell out on outscoring opponents for the time being.

There is some credence to that philosophy, teams have done it. But when you defend so poorly you can’t even outscore Houston, that doesn’t bode well for the remainder of the season.

And just assuming some of these guys will improve defensively from a team and individual perspective just doesn’t seem likely at this point in the season.