Star of the Game
Timberwolves surprise the shorthanded Nets, who played without Kevin Durant. Although Minnesota’s big three combined for 71 points, Anthony Edwards deserves special recognition for this game. Not only did he lead the Wolves with 25 points, plus four assists and two steals, but he went 4/8 from beyond the arc. The reason this matters is his second 3-pointer marked the 300th made three of his career. 300 threes is great, but at 20 years and 171 days old, he is now the youngest player in NBA history to reach this landmark, beating out Luca Doncic’s previous record by 187 days.
The biggest concern came in a single play. In the final minute of the game, Day’ron Sharpe set a screen on Anthony Edwards, and the two bumped knees. It was an accident, and Sharpe had no ill intentions, but Edwards needed help limping off the court as the game ended. To lose one of the big three would be devastating for Minnesota. While no official announcement has been made yet, there is good news. Coach Finch said in his post game press conference that Edwards told him he’s “straight,” and Edwards himself posted on Instagram a few hours later saying “I’m good y’all.”
Number of Night
12. Taurean Prince started the season cold offensively, but tonight he came out red-hot. With 15 points and going 6/6 from the field (including 2 threes) Prince may have found his rhythm. It may also be the case that Prince wants to avoid being trading as the deadline approaches, and he played a strong game to convince the front office to keep him.
Minnesota will play Portland on Tuesday, January 25 at 9:00 CST.
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Timberwolves Surprise Shorthanded Nets