The Minnesota Timberwolves punched their ticket to the playoffs by taking down the LA Clippers in an instant classic. The back-and-forth affair featured eight lead changes and ended with the Timberwolves storming back from a 10-point, fourth-quarter deficit to win the play-in game 109-104. The upstart Wolves will be facing another up-and-coming squad, the Memphis Grizzlies, in the first round of the NBA Playoffs.
While the Clippers focused on (and succeeded in) containing Karl-Anthony Towns, D’Angelo Russell and Anthony Edwards put up tremendous performances for the Timberwolves. Edwards led the team in scoring with 30 points on 10-21 shooting to go along with five rebounds. Russell put up 29 points, six assists, five rebounds and three steals.
Edwards, who is never afraid of the big moment, didn’t hold back his thoughts after the game. The Timberwolves’ budding star said matter-of-factly that the Clippers were scared to guard him.
Ant: “They were scared to guard me.”
— Jon Krawczynski (@JonKrawczynski) April 13, 2022
Edwards got a huge confidence boost from Minnesota guard Patrick Beverley, who was looking to stick it to his former team. The Timberwolves did just that thanks to Beverley’s infectious energy and Edwards’ big night.
Minnesota’s young star, though, hardly needs a confidence boost. Edwards believes he is among the best in the league and his confidence is well-deserved. He said after the game that he shows up for the big moments. There will be more games this season for him to show that.
Anthony Edwards throws it down 🔥pic.twitter.com/cMvITCsRy4
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) April 13, 2022
Who do the Timberwolves play next? A Grizzlies team led by someone that can go toe-to-toe with Edwards. Memphis’ star guard Ja Morant is another young star looking to make his mark. With plenty of bad blood between the teams, they will get the first crack at each other on Saturday.