3 Players Chris Finch must be more open-minded with in Timberwolves playoff run

Finch should give more consideration to these players as Minnesota prepares to face Phoenix in the first round.
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3. Anthony Edwards

It only makes sense for the Timberwolves' best player to be on this list as well. Putting together his second straight All-Star season, Edwards was the central cog to Minnesota's offense, and there is no telling where the team would be without him this year.

His ability to be effective and continue to play his game at the offensive end will of course be every bit as important as Rudy's production at the defensive end. But without knowing any of Phoenix's tactical approach to this series, you have to guess that they will do everything they can to frustrate Edwards and do their best to take him out of his usual rhythm.

Chris Finch basically confirmed this when speaking with the media on Wednesday. He noted that the Suns had been sending double and triple teams at Edwards in each of Minnesota's meetings with Phoenix in the regular season.

This makes a lot of sense when you consider how dangerous a threat Ant is at driving to the cup, but also when you look at the Suns' defensive personnel. They do not have a ton of lockdown perimeter defenders, so naturally they are going to try to stifle Edwards in other ways.

In all, Ant is probably the player that it will be easiest for the Timberwolves to scheme for in terms of making adjustments. We could see him in more of a playmaking role if than usual if Phoenix is determined to take away his drives.