Eight classic Minnesota Timberwolves games to be shown by FSN

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 28: Kevin Garnett #21 of the Minnesota Timberwolves celebrates a 112-111 win over the Los Angeles Lakers. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 28: Kevin Garnett #21 of the Minnesota Timberwolves celebrates a 112-111 win over the Los Angeles Lakers. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /

As you continue to shelter-in-place, FOX Sports North and the Minnesota Timberwolves are working together to bring you the pleasure of some classic Wolves games.

Last week, the Minnesota Timberwolves and broadcast partner FOX Sports North announced that they would be broadcasting some of this season’s best games in place of the originally-scheduled games that aren’t being played on time.

Either because of the need for nostalgia or a lack of fun 2019-20 games that ended with a positive result — both are probably to thank, honestly — FOX Sports North said that they will be airing eight classic Timberwolves games between April 1 and April 15.

The full schedule of games can be found in the press release, but we’re going to list them all out with some quick notes here as well.

Additionally, the Wolves will include “live social media commentary and participation by a variety of FOX Sports North on-air talent,” plus alums from the team and season ticket holders who experienced the games in person.

Here are the eight games. All are at 7 p.m. CT except for April 5 and 12, which are both Sunday broadcasts at 6 p.m. CT.

April 1: Wolves beat Wizards in Kevin Garnett’s return

This game should be fresh in everyone’s memory. In the first game after Flip Saunders acquired Kevin Garnett from the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for Thaddeus Young, the Wolves came out firing and dominated the Washington Wizards on Feb. 25, 2015.

April 3: Malik Sealy’s game-winner vs. Pacers

“Three at last, three at last…” Sean Grande’s Martin Luther King Day quote after Trent Tucker’s “You got to belieeeeve” comment was unforgettable. Malik Sealy’s banked-in 3-pointer to beat the Indiana Pacers is one of the most memorable shots in franchise history.

April 5: Wolves beat Lakers in first game after Flip Saunders’ death

The Wolves weren’t a good team in 2015-16 but opened the season with a nationally-televised victory over the Los Angeles lakers in the wake of Saunders’ passing.

April 7: Wolves clinch first playoff berth in 14 years

The Timberwolves entered Game 82 in 2018 needing a win over the Denver Nuggets to clinch a spot. Jimmy Butler and Jamal Crawford played huge roles down the stretch as the Wolves got it done.

April 9: Wolves beat Jordan and the Bulls

The franchise’s first victory over Michael Jordan’s Bulls came on Dec. 30, 1997 as Garnett and the Wolves hung on to win.

April 12: Rose scored 50 on Halloween

Another game that just happened, Derrick Rose scored 50 points in a home win over the Utah Jazz on Oct. 31, 2018.

April 13: Wolves win a playoff game

Yes, this is where we’re at: a first round Game 3 win is the only Wolves playoff victory in the past 16 years. You better believe that it was going to make the list of “classic” games.

April 15: Wolves beat the Kings in Game 7

The biggest and best win in Timberwolves history was the Game 7 home win over Rick Adelman’s Sacramento Kings to allow the Wolves to advance to the Western Conference Finals in 2004. This game is replayed on NBA TV every now and again and is available in its entirety on YouTube but is always worth a re-watch.

Kudos to the Wolves and FSN for putting this together. It should be a lot of fun, and don’t forget: the Timberwolves will go 8-0 in these games. They literally can’t lose.

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We’ll play along with a few of these and do some recap, player-grade-style looks at each of these games along the way, so be sure to look out for that.