After 14 years away, the Minnesota Timberwolves are back in the playoffs.
It didn’t come easily, of course. In fact, it would come down to the final game of the season against the Denver Nuggets. Wednesday night would serve as a winner-take-all affair. And if that wasn’t enough, it needed overtime to decide the winner. Of course, if not for Taj Gibson’s clutch stealA�in regulation, perhaps the Timberwolves never would’ve gotten the chance.
But that’s neither here nor there.
Tom Thibodeau, with the helpful addition of Jimmy Butler, has brought this team back to the playoffs. Karl-Anthony Towns continues to be a force, averaging 21.3 points, 12.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game. Plus, he has yet to miss a game in each of his first three seasons. As for Butler, he would average 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists per contest in his first season with the Wolves.
The job doesn’t end here, however. Their reward for ending a 14-year playoff drought? None other than the Houston Rockets.
How many games will the Timberwolves win?