Timberwolves’ Anthony Edwards showcases this vital skill in FIBA exhibition

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You may not be following TEAM USA right now, but you would most likely enjoy the competition. Nine Minnesota Timberwolves are participating in FIBA competition, which is reason enough to entice Timberwolves fans to enjoy summer basketball.

Still, if you want to supersize your basketball, then you need to start checking out Team USA. That’s where you will see some incredible basketball by Timberwolves shooting guard Anthony Edwards.

Team USA is still trying to get their chemistry going. Of course, Ant-Man knows how that goes, as it was pretty much the dominating theme for the entirety of the 2022-23 NBA season for the Timberwolves.

In preparation for the 2023 FIBA World Cup competition, Team USA will compete in five exhibition games to get ready.

  1. Monday, Aug. 7: USA 117, Puerto Rico 74 FINAL Score
  2. Saturday, Aug. 12: Slovenia (3:30 p.m. ET, FS1)
  3. Sunday, Aug. 13: Spain (3:30 p.m. ET, Fox)
  4. Friday, Aug. 18: Greece (12 p.m. ET, FS1)
  5. Sunday, Aug. 20: Germany (12 p.m. ET, Fox)

In Round 1, Team USA will play the first of three World Cup group games in the Philippines against

  1. New Zealand on Aug. 26, 2023
  2. Greece on Aug. 28, 2023
  3. Jordan on Aug. 30, 2023

So how did Anthony Edwards do in Team USA’s first exhibition game? Well, pretty well would be putting it mildly.

Minnesota Timberwolves Anthony Edwards taking over the game

If there is one thing that Anthony Edwards can do, it’s take over a game. With Team USA leading by just seven points after two quarters, Edwards stepped up and accounted for 11 of Team USA’s 34 points in the third period. It was classic Anthony Edwards, showing once more how he can change the course of a game almost single-handedly.

That one shining performance for Edwards, who ended the night with solid numbers. Not just at scoring, but also by helping himself to four steals.

Edwards lifted Team USA with a dominating performance in the second half. And that was not surprising to any Timberwolves fan. Edwards has that extremely important skill of kicking in the afterburners and getting red hot when his team needs it most.

  • Period                             Q1    Q2    Q3    Q4    Final
  • Team USA                      27     23    34     33    117
  • Team Puerto Rico        21     22   18     13       74

For the night, he really delivered. And that is just the first stop in what could be a turning point in Anthony Edwards’s career.  Among the best that the NBA has to offer, he is proving to be the best of the best:

And that is after he signed his max extension with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Very encouraging development indeed.

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It’s clear that Timberwolves 22-year-old shooting guard Anthony Edwards is a player to watch on the Team USA roster. Their next game will be played this Saturday, August 12, against Team Slovenia. Stay Tuned.