Wolves Fall Flat in Embarrassing Loss to Mavs

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Wolves Falling Short

It was over early and the Minnesota Timberwolves’ bid to rewrite history wasn’t meant to be. The Wolves fall to the Dallas Mavericks, 124-103.

The Wolves had no answer for Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving who combined for 72 points. Doncic put up 20 points in the first nine minutes of the game to give the Mavericks a decisive early lead.

This will be Irving’s 4th NBA Finals and Doncic’s first NBA Finals appearance. The Mavericks won the title back in 2011 and will look to defeat the Boston Celtics starting next Thursday night on the east coast.

When asked what happened, Anthony Edwards had a simple answer.

“Luka. It’s that simple,” Edwards said. “He hit three shots from the logo. There was nothing we could do about it.”

Doncic & Irving (44) had more points than the entire Timberwolves team (40) at halftime.

Lack of Late-Game Heroics Sink Wolves

This series will be remembered for the late game collapses in games 1-4.

At the end of the day, this series became Anthony Edwards vs. two all-time players. Edwards couldn’t live up to Irving or Doncic. In five games, the Wolves missed almost 40% of their shots near the rim, and nothing went right for Minnesota. Karl Anthony-Towns struggled with foul trouble and three-point shooting. He was 8 for 33 from behind the stripe in the series (24%).

This series was lost in games one and two. The Wolves had every chance to grab victories but could not overcome Irving and Doncic down the stretch.

Wolves Plummet to the Offseason

As a cascade of boos came down on the Western Conference Finals MVP Luka Doncic, Timberwolves fans exited Target Center with a potentially uncertain offseason looming. But, this will go down as one of the top two seasons in the teams’ history. This is the beginning of a great run for this Wolves team.

At this moment, it sucks, and there are a lot of what ifs like, what if the Wolves don’t blow an 18-point lead in game two, what if they make different adjustments, etc. But, at the end of the day, the Mavs superstars rose to the occasion.

Edwards finished the game with 28 points, nine rebounds, and six assists. Towns also contributed 28 points and 12 rebounds on 9-20 shooting (1-6 from three).

Now we enter an offseason of questions. Who will own the team? Will Karl Anthony-Towns come back? Will they run it back? There seems like a window of stability and positivity with a budding superstar.

Looking Forward

I was merely deflated at halftime. There was no energy and the Wolves finished their last six home games 1-5 in the NBA Playoffs. Not a great way to end their impressive season. However, this team’s core is young and had some great experience in this year’s playoffs run.

It’s hard to imagine that the same team that defeated the Denver Nuggets in seven games fell flat on their asses vs. Dallas. But they did… they hit a wall. The emotional series vs. the defending champions was merely half of the way there to a title. This team has not done this before; making the Finals means that you play an extra 21 more games. I’m hopeful for the future, though.

“We’ll be back next year,” Anthony Edwards said in his postgame interview. “We never clicked all together as a team in this series. We didn’t shoot particularly well from three in this series.”

If they do this right, the Wolves are in a winning window RIGHT NOW. They need to identify players with a killer instinct who want to win and grind. HoWwWwWlLlL!

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