Before Jimmy Butler went down with a meniscus injury, the Minnesota Timberwolves looked like they were basically a shoe-in for the playoffs and at the time they were fighting for home court in the first round.
But after the injury, the Timberwolves looked lost without their leader and went through some big struggles including bad losses to teams like the Memphis Grizzlies.
Those struggles have set up the big showdown on Wednesday night against the Denver Nuggets. The winner will move into the playoffs and the loser will go home.
In the media scrum after practice on Tuesday, Andrew Wiggins was asked if this season is a failure if the Wolves lose the game on Wednesday and miss the playoffs.
Question: Is this season a failure if you don’t win tomorrow?
Andrew Wiggins: “Basically. Then it’s all for nothing.” pic.twitter.com/04dIU5dxkt
— Dane Moore (@DaneMooreNBA) April 10, 2018
For Wiggins and the rest of the Wolves, they probably look at this game the same way. If they lose and miss the playoffs, this season was for nothing.
With the addition of the Jimmy Butler, this was supposed to be the year that the Wolves finally got over the hump and made the playoffs for the first time in 14 years.
The Butler injury derailed the chances of a high seed, but even without Butler, the Wolves had plenty of chances to win games and they had plenty of talent to get it done.
For Wiggins, he has disappeared at times this season and is going to need to play better in this game if the Wolves want to come out ahead.
In the last three games, he has scored seven, nine and 15 points respectively and he needs to be more visible in this game.