The Minnesota Timberwolves pulled off an epic comeback over the Denver Nuggets in Game 7 of their Western Conference semifinals series on Sunday night, setting up a showdown with the Dallas Mavericks with a trip to the NBA Finals on the line. Both these squads are playing great basketball, but Golden State Warriors veteran Draymond Green believes that one team has the upper-hand heading into this battle.

Green and the Warriors have played in quite a few WCF battles over the past decade, but they will be watching this one from the sidelines. Unsurprisingly, Green has been keeping a close eye on the playoffs, and despite the fact they had to play seven games to get past the Nuggets, he believes that the Timberwolves team mentality will help them get past the Mavericks in their upcoming series.

Draymond Green siding with Timberwolves in WCF showdown with Mavericks

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) reacts after a play against the Sacramento Kings in the first quarter during a play-in game of the 2024 NBA playoffs at the Golden 1 Center.
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The Timberwolves were one of the biggest surprises in the NBA throughout the regular season, and they proved they meant business when they swept the high-powered Phoenix Suns out of the playoffs in their first-round series. The Nuggets put up a far bigger challenge, but the Timberwolves stuck together after a 2-0 lead turned into a 3-2 deficit, and the result was a successful comeback, both in Game 7 and the series as a whole.

Things haven't always been great for this team, as they faced a lot of criticism last season for struggling to win games after sending a massive trade package to the Utah Jazz in exchange for Rudy Gobert. The folks mocking that deal have certainly become far more quiet this year, as Minnesota has put it all together this year, resulting in their run to the Western Conference Finals.

Green knows what it's like to have the whole world against him, and he thinks the Timberwolves have been bonded by that experience. They  go out and play like a team every night, and even as they dominated in the regular season, their biggest skeptics weren't convinced. Overcoming that adversity should serve them well as they head into their next challenge.

Sending the defending champions in the Nuggets home for the offseason is a huge accomplishment for the Timberwolves, but it's not what they set out to accomplish when they began the season. They still have a lot of work to do, and beating the Mavericks isn't going to be any easier than beating the Nuggets was.

But Green likes the way Minnesota has been playing as of late, and who can blame him? They are going to be riding high heading into their upcoming series considering how they won Game 7, and they will be hoping that momentum will help them get past Dallas. Green typically knows what he's talking about when it comes to the playoffs, and it will be interesting to see if his prediction here ends up coming true.