Star of the Game
Though Houston looked poised for a comeback, Minnesota managed to hold them off and record another win. Anthony Edwards led the way with 33 points (shooting 12/21), four rebounds, five assists, and two steals. The rest of the big three played well too, Karl-Anthony Towns had 28 points and eleven rebounds and D’Angelo Russell scored 22 points with 9 assists. It’s good to see all three of them click right as the season is coming to a close.
While it wasn’t the performance of one individual player that is cause for alarm, there is something that the team needs to improve if they want to make any noise in the post season: turnovers. Part of why this game was so close was because Minnesota had 19 turnovers, many of which were just simple mistakes. This is a small leak that Minnesota can focus on, and as a young team it is inevitable that they may make a few mistakes. It would be a shame to have such a promising season end so quickly because of a few costly mistakes.
Number of the Night
20. Though he has fallen to then end of the Timberwolves bench this season, Josh Okogie came out to prove he’s still got it against Houston. In 17 minutes of play, Okogie had 11 points, two steals and a block. As a defensive expert, Okogie has fallen behind the likes of Jarred Vanderbilt and Jaden McDaniels, but tonight he made the difference that put Minnesota over the top. After the game, Karl-Anthony Towns remarked on Okogie’s performance, “We feel very comfortable he’s going to get the job done.”
The Timberwolves will face the Wizards on Tuesday at 6:00 CST.
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