The Spoilers | Wolves Stun Warriors In Golden State

It’s the end of the season.

The Minnesota Timberwolves aren’t going to make the playoffs, although there is plenty of potential for the future. But now, on paper, the team doesn’t have much to play for.

Tuesday night’s game against the Golden State Warriors was supposed to be an easy win for the Warriors, right? The Warriors would get up big and the Wolves would roll over, and nobody would blame them with just five games remaining.

Well, one of those two things happened… And by now, you probably already know. If not, well, don't go on Twitter and keep reading. 

The Warriors Were Up Big

The Wolves were down by as much as 17 points to the Warriors. If you were watching the game, you might have turned off the TV, shut down the Twitter machine and tucked yourself in.

If you did that, well, you probably feel kind of stupid right now.

Starting at the one-minute mark in the third quarter, the Wolves outscored the Warriors 52-33, including 18-11 in overtime to come away with the 124-117 win.

With the game being on TNT, the big draw was the Warriors. Going for win No. 70. The Splash Bros. The return of Bogut and Iggy. 

Instead, the national attention went to the rise and promise of the young Timberwolves. Those in Minnesota already know. Karl-Anthony Towns is probably going to win Rookie of the Year. Andrew Wiggins is probably going to multiple All-Star Games. Zach LaVine literally jumped out of the gym two weeks ago in practice. We don't know how he got down.

But America, and the rest of the world tuning into the game, found out just how dangerous and good these Wolves can be.

“Big time, this is probably the best win we’ve had all year. I don’t think it was the best performance by us, but I think it was the best execution that we had,” Towns said. “We did such a great job of executing down the stretch, especially in overtime, we played great defense. We needed to try to make it very difficult for them to score.”


(Thank you, Kid Rock, wherever you are.)

Third-year wing Shabazz Muhammad dominated. Some of it had to do with mismatches. Most of it had to do with the fact that once Bazz gets rolling, he’s a bad man. 

“You know Bazz, when Bazz gets rolling like that, Bazz don’t get tired,” Timberwolves interim head coach Sam Mitchell said.

The former UCLA wing finished with a career-high 35 points, shooting 9-for-12 from the field and 15-for-17 from the free-throw line.

To put that in perspective, Muhammad has scored 40 points over his last five games. He probably needed a game like this to boost his confidence heading into the offseason.

Showing Up Casually Late 

Wiggins had five points in the first half. It looked like he was on his way to a dud of a game. 

Nah, Andrew was just playing possum.

Wiggins scored 27 points in the second half and in overtime, hitting 32 points on the night. He became the sixth player in team history to record 10 30-point games in a season.

Don’t look now, but Wiggins is averaging 20.8 points per game, up almost four from last season.

His spin move was on display last night as it’s been all season long. You know it’s coming, but unfortunately you have no chance.That's just how it is. Sorry.

Just look at poor Steph Curry at the 58-second mark. If you wanna stop him, you’re gonna have to do better than that, Steph.

Hop In The KAT Cab 

Chris Webber compared Karl-Anthony Towns to Christian Laettner last night. I met Laettner last year and he seemed like a nice-enough guy.

But comparing him to Towns? Well, last time I checked Laettner wasn’t a point-center who can literally do anything on the basketball court. But Webber was great for the majority of the telecast, so we’ll give him a pass.

Towns didn’t have his best game. He missed some easy shots early and forced a few. But he’s 20 and he was probably nervous. That stuff happens. 

He ended the game with 20 points, 12 rebounds, four assists and two blocks.

And he’s doing stuff like this, which we’ve probably gotten used to, but a center has no business doing this stuff. There’s a decent chance Klay Thompson has watched this 287 times wondering if unicorns are real.

Towns even got Bill Simmons on board.

 Somewhere Scottie Pippen Is Smiling

Former Bulls Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen recently said that the 1995-96 Bulls would sweep the Warriors, which is kind of a dumb thing to say because we can’t prove it. But whatever.

He was probably smiling after Minnesota's win last night.

Golden State was sloppy, but Minnesota was solid defensively, forcing 24 turnovers (tying a Warriors season-high). And maybe, just maybe, the Wolves helped create a blueprint on how to take down the Warriors.

The blueprint probably just has “make shots and don’t let Steph get hot and then pray” written on it, but that’s exactly what the Wolves did.

The Warriors need to go 4-0 in their remaining games to break the Bulls’ record of 72 wins. Golden State will play the Spurs and Grizzlies twice each. Who knows what the Spurs will do? They could sit everyone and play Boban Marjanovic 42 minutes. The Grizzlies, on the other hand, are accepting applications for playing time. Everyone on that team is hurt.

But the most improbable win out of the five remaining games of the season came from the Wolves. When we look back on the record not being broken (if that’s the case), let’s remember this game.

It was a pretty good one.