Star of the Game
The hope of moving up to the sixth seed is dwindling for the Timberwolves following their fourth loss in the last five games. Toronto shot very well (going 60% from deep in the first three quarters), but the Timberwolves had 22 turnovers in the game. On a brighter note, Anthony Edwards seems to be finding his form again, scoring 24 points (shooting 10/17) with eight rebounds and four assists. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for the rest of the Wolves Big Three.
Karl-Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russell combined for 29 points. While Towns shot decently well (7/13) with 10 rebounds, Russell is slumping hard. Against Toronto, he shot 3/15 and only added three assists. Over the last five games, Russell has been shooting 30.6% from the field and 14.8% from beyond the arc. With the Play-in looking like a certainty, it may be time to rest him before the real competition starts.
Number of the Game
22. Twenty-two has double the significance here. For starters, let’s commend Patrick Beverley. He was the steal of the off season and has really helped to reshape the Timberwolves culture. Against Toronto, he had 10 points, three assists, and a block. What is more significant, though, is that he was the only player on Minnesota to have zero turnovers. Which is the second significance of the number 22: the total number of turnovers the wolves had this game. Sloppy play like this is going to lead to a quick exit for the Wolves in the play-in.
Minnesota will take on Denver April 1st at 8:00 CST.
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