5 Flaws that could crush Timberwolves' playoff dreams

The Timberwolves will make a quick postseason exit if the opposition exploits their weaknesses.

Minnesota Timberwolves, Anthony Edwards, Karl-Anthony Towns
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2. KAT and Gobert partnership

There were massive questions about this partnership when the Timberwolves traded for Rudy Gobert, and the sample size was small last season as Karl-Anthony Towns played just 35 games. Minnesota has been outstanding with Gobert and KAT on the floor this year, including producing a 9.1 net rating, but how does the duo hold up in the playoffs?

Gobert has helped his team finish near the top in defensive rating for years, but the All-Star big man has never advanced beyond the second round of the playoffs. He is an elite shot blocker, rebounder, and finisher around the rim, but his weaknesses are on full display in the playoffs when teams stretch the floor and force him to guard on the perimeter.

Karl-Anthony Towns is an elite shooter and offensive weapon, but there are significant questions about his defense. KAT will have to defend on the perimeter and make sure his offensive contributions outweigh his defensive shortcomings. None of that will be easy, especially coming off an injury.

Playing two big men will be advantageous in some matchups and detrimental in others. It is on Chris Finch to figure out how to maximize his rotations in the postseason. The Minnesota Timberwolves need Rudy Gobert and Karl-Anthony Towns playing like All-Stars to win the West, but can they make that a reality?