And the Timberwolves, huh?
This team just found a way to take on such a professional attitude in every game, and their confidence and bravado only grows with each victory.
Once again, Wolves found themselves in double digits early, which seems to happen in every game these days.
The fan base brought a playoff atmosphere to the arena, and the team responded with a resounding victory over the defending NBA champions, even though they were missing Giannis Antetokounmpo.
It’s hard to say too many good things about a performance like this. Patrick Beverley, the heart and soul of this team, was sent off in the first quarter along with George Hill after a fight between the two players, plus Serge Ibaka and Taurean Prince. It would have been easy for Wolves to falter or lose focus. Earlier in the season, they probably would have. Not now, however.
Naz Reid on the ejection of Patrick Beverley:
“I think it fired us up, to be honest, with our fans.”
— Dane Moore (@DaneMooreNBA) March 19, 2022
Now Wolves stay focused and play good basketball. They had full control for most of the game and showed off their nuclear attack with Karl-Anthony Towns and Anthony Edwards taking it to Milwaukee. Towns finished with 25 points from 12 FGAs and Ant added 25 more from 16 attempts. When Minnesota’s top two scorers score so effectively at the same time, they’re incredibly hard to beat. When they also lock the defense at the same time? Forget that. The sky is the limit for this team, and they will only attract more of this fan base.
They had an amazing opportunity in front of a full house tonight, and they used that extra energy to play another full game.
KAT and Ant were the headliners, complemented by Ant’s sweet windmill, but again, it was a total team effort. D’Angelo Russell led the attack with precision, seeing the game three points ahead. On a play in the second quarter, he orchestrated a Milwaukee free throw start, and easily ended up with an empty PnR for a Naz Reid dunk. Reid, to his credit, was also fantastic. He had 14 points in just 13 minutes. He seemed to take his match with Bobby Portis personally, and he won that match hands down today.
The under-the-radar guy who played really well tonight was Malik Beasley Of course he only hit two threes and was only 3-9 from the field but it was no accident that Beasley was a +24 for the game, trailing only Towns He was consistently in the right place defensively, attacking the fences with controlled aggression and always seemed to be in the mix for rebounds and stray balls.
Again, it was a total team effort tonight. With that, Wolves are now fair 1⁄2 a game against Denver for the sixth seed Wolves have basically locked down the tiebreaker with Denver so if they keep minding their business like they did tonight good things will happen for them.
Every night at Target Center feels like a party now, and this game was no different. Invite your friends and family to a game soon, and let’s enjoy this team together.