A look back at the best performers over the last seven days of Minnesota Timberwolves basketball.
As the 2017-18 NBA season winds down the Minnesota Timberwolves continued to push hard for a top six playoff seeding this week, although not with the success most fans would have enjoyed.
Minnesota finished the power rankings week with one win and two losses, taking their record to 41-31 on the year – just one win away from sealing their first winning record since the 2004-05 campaign.
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The week started off with an important tilt against the fellow Western Conference playoff fighters San Antonio, a game where the Spurs seem to outclass the Timberwolves in every area. The game finished with a disappointing 117-101 scoreline.
It did include this mind-boggling spinning lay-up by our 7-foot center however:
The schedule demanded another big effort the very next night, with a tough match-up against the current first-seeded Houston Rockets. The Wolves allowed a staggering 77 first half points, leading to a 21 point lead at the break. Despite an exciting fourth quarter comeback, the game finished 129-120 Houston’s way.
After two heart wrenching defeats, the Butler-less Wolves needed to come away with a win at home against the Los Angeles Clippers, and they pulled through.
It was a comfortable 123-109 victory, with the Timberwolves same four players (Towns, Wiggins, Teague and Crawford) scoring 20 points or more for the second game in a row. That is the first time since 1998 that the feat has happened:
A stunning statistic in an important week.
Let’s dive in deeper and take a look at the best and worst performers over the this stretch of games.
*All players must play 10 total minutes to qualify*