5 reasons the Timberwolves can make a run at the National Basketball Association title

Aubrey Yates
April 16, 2018

Harden's year has been remarkable as he's posted averages of 30.4 points, 8.8 assists and 5.4 rebounds while shooting 44.9 percent from the field and 36.7 percent from three. They have two All-Stars in the team - Karl-Anthony Towns and the returning Jimmy Butler.

The Pacers cruised to an 18-point road victory in Game 1, taking control of this series.

Houston kept All-Star big man Towns in check, limiting him to just eight points after he'd averaged 21.3 in leading the Wolves to their first playoff appearance since 2004.

Houston Rockets begin their best of seven series playoff campaign against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday with the Western Conference top seeds favorite to progress to the semi-finals.

Houston and James Harden are the best regular season team in the National Basketball Association (and very possibly just the best team in the National Basketball Association, period).

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Rockets: Ryan Anderson missed the game with a sprained left ankle. Andrew Wiggins is third on Minnesota with 17.7 points plus 4.4 boards a game. Jeff Teague added 15 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. It's impossible to stop their offense entirely but the Minnesota bigs are going to have to at least consistently apply pressure, get hands in shooters' faces, and not give them the easy looks.

The Timberwolves kept it close to the end, with a late Rockets' turnover giving Minnesota the ball down three in the closing seconds, but Jimmy Butler's attempt at a game-tying 3-pointer fell woefully short. Score more points than them, sure, that's it.

Offensive efficiency will be the mantra for the Timberwolves as they look to upset the Rockets.

Houston fell to Sacramento in a game that meant nothing to either side as the Kings were headed to the lottery while the Rockets had long locked up the top seed in the playoffs and home court advantage throughout. The Rockets know this and they actually rely on isolation scoring as much as any team in the league thanks largely to these switches. While it's fair to say that the Rockets had most teams' numbers this season, the fact remains that it's hard to argue with a sweep.

If Houston gets hot from downtown, it's game over for the T-Wolves.

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