By Kyle Stumo Logos Lite Student May 1, 2018
For the first time in fourteen years, the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Denver Nuggets to punch their ticket into the NBA Playoffs. Minnesota beat Denver 112-106 on Wednesday, April 11, to grab the eighth seed from Denver.
The Timberwolves then had to face the Houston Rockets in the first round of the playoffs. The series started in Houston where the Timberwolves lost the first two games by a combined 23 points.
Game three in Minneapolis was another story. The Timberwolves exploded onto their home court for a 121-105 win over the number one seeded Rockets. Andrew Wiggins, Jeff Teague and Jimmy Butler all had over 20 point games to make the series 2-1.
A surprise for the Wolves, and the rest of the league for that matter, has been the play of once-MVP and All-Star Derrick Rose, who was traded from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Utah Jazz at the trade deadline, before he was eventually bought out by Utah and signed with Minnesota. Rose has been a spark plug off the bench and has shown veteran leadership and hustle on both ends of the court. Rose is averaging 14 points a game during the playoffs this year and looks to help his team with their back against the wall.
Game four in Minneapolis started off slow for both sides as each team struggled to score points in the first quarter, then after halftime, Houston exploded for a 50-point quarter and went onto beat Minnesota 119-100 and take a 3-1 series lead over the Wolves.
Minnesota traveled to Houston on Wednesday, April 26, to try and fight their way back into the series against the Rockets and James Harden, but they simply weren’t able to make the series comeback and ended up falling to Houston in a 122-104 loss.
The game wrapped up the series as a 4-1 victory for the Houston Rockets, but as the Timberwolves look toward the future, more playoff appearances – and wins – are definitely within reach.