Star of the Game
In a very close game, Minnesota managed to hold on to the lead through the final seconds. Anthony Edwards played brilliantly, scoring 24 points (shooting 7/14) with 4 assists, 2 steals, and 3 blocks. The real hero tonight was Karl-Anthony Towns, though. Bouncing back from two rough games in a row, Towns fought hard to score 33 points (shooting 8/17) with 14 rebounds. The Grizzlies put up a tough fight, but Minnesota’s star center was too big to contain.
In the first quarter, Anthony Edwards hobbled off the court holding his previously injured knee. He had to be carried to the locker room, but luckily the star guard came back and played for 37 minutes. The larger concern still remains D’Angelo Russell. Minnesota’s starting point guard seems to be absent in this series, tonight scoring 10 points (shooting 3/12). He did have 7 assists, but when comparing which is better than his two turnovers, but it is way below his averages. Russell continues to take pull-up threes and contested midranges, which forces Minnesota to miss out on better opportunities.
Number of the Night
6. Jordan McLaughlin played like an All-star, and not the third string point guard that he is. McLaughlin had 16 points (shooting 5/6 making all 4 of his 3-pointers), with 2 rebounds, 2 assists, and two steals. What’s all the more impressive is that he did all of this in 14 minutes. McLaughlin had a better game than both Russell or Beverley, and if he keeps playing like this he may have a bigger role going forward.
The Timberwolves return to Memphis for game 5 on Tuesday at 6:30 CST.
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