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Timberwolves’ Anthony Edwards Reveals the Chemistry Problem That Team Vs. Mavericks was doomed

On Thursday, the Minnesota Timberwolves fell in Game 5 and exited the playoffs. It was a blowout and it all happened in front of a stunned Target Center. Anthony Edwards finished his final game of the season with 28 points, but that was far from enough to withstand the Dallas Mavericks’ onslaught. In the aftermath of the loss, Edwards pointed out what went wrong for the Timberwolves.

“It never all clicked together as a team in this series, not even one game,” Edwards said, “I think that was the biggest thing. The last two series we were all clicking at the same time, taking pictures and stuff. It didn’t click right away.”

In addition to Edwards, Karl-Anthony Towns also had 28 points of his own. However, both stars received no help. No other player on the Timberwolves roster scored in double figures. The team’s three other starts combined for just nine field goals scored, while the bench fared no better either.

Perhaps the biggest catalyst of the loss was the way Minnesota – the league’s leading defensive team – allowed Luka Doncic to score 20 points in the first quarter. The Mavericks ended the first twelve minutes with a 35-19 lead and stayed in front the rest of the time. At one point the Timberwolves trailed by as many as 36.

Going back to Edwards’ comment about not snapping, this was indeed seen in many of the previous games. The only time Minnesota played well together was Game 4, when they won thanks to all five starters finishing in double figures, with Edwards and Towns leading the way. However, the same could not be said about the first three games.

In Game 3, Edwards had 26 points and the majority of his supporting cast was able to contribute well. However, it was Towns who struggled, going just 5 of 18 (27.8%) from the floor while missing all eight of his attempts from downtown.

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