3 Bold Predictions to end a historic Timberwolves Season

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With just a month left in the regular season, the Minnesota Timberwolves are in a three-team race with the Denver Nuggets and Oklahoma City Thunder for the number one seed in the West.

The Wolves are 2-2 since losing Karl-Anthony Towns to a meniscus tear. With hopes that he'll be ready to go come playoff time, this provides an excellent opportunity for every man on Minnesota's roster to gain experience right before the biggest stage in the playoffs.

With such a young team, this adversity could be precisely what the Wolves need to make a deep playoff run. However, it will be challenging, as Minnesota's last month is a gauntlet. Many potential playoff matchups loom on the Wolves' regular season schedule. They still have to play the Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers, the Phoenix Suns Suns twice, and three games against the defending champion Nuggets.

The Wolves haven't shied away from any challenge this year. When coach Chris Finch was asked in what ways he has noticed teams taking them more seriously, he described the league's perspective of the team as accurately as you could put it. "I'm not sure anyone in the league fears us. Likewise, I don't think we fear anyone, either" said Finch.

It's hard to be scared when Anthony Edwards is leading your team. The other night in Indiana, he displayed his fearlessness with a 44-point performance and a game-saving block, hitting his head on the rim and tumbling down to the floor in the process. Then, following back-to-back losses, Edwards dropped 37 points to help the Wolves overcome a 22-point deficit to comeback and beat the LA Clippers.

Minnesota chose to cut back on travel in the middle of their road trip and spend their four-day break in the sunny Los Angeles weather. As they recharge ahead of the season's most crucial stretch, here are three bold predictions for how the Timberwolves season will end in triumph.

3. Chris Finch Wins Coach of the Year

Chris Finch has had an outstanding year as head coach. He has led the Wolves to their best season in franchise history, and they have over a month of basketball yet to play. He's figured out how to run with Minnesota's bigs this year and has done an outstanding job restructuring rotations without Towns.

Last year, around this time, the Wolves had a falling-out incident with Rudy Gobert and Kyle Anderson getting into it on the bench, followed by Jaden McDaniels injuring his hand out of frustration. This year, under Coach Finch's guidance, their growth and maturity are evident.

He's built more personal relationships within the locker room, allowing him to push everyone harder. He's done an excellent job building chemistry and keeping the team together through adversity. With more wins this year than last, a league-leading defensive rating, and a top-5 net rating, Coach Finch has solidified his name for Coach of the Year consideration.