Match Review: Minnesota Timberwolves VS Los Angeles Clippers, April 12, 2022

Match Review: Minnesota Timberwolves VS Los Angeles Clippers, April 12, 2022

The curtains on the Play-In tournament have risen. The victor from the Eastern Conference has been decided and they are moving on as the 7th seed. In the Western Conference, the new and enthused Minnesota Timberwolves went on to face the veteran Los Angeles Clippers.

The Wolves went with their pack of Patrick Beverley, Anthony Edwards, Karl-Anthony Towns, D’Angelo Russell and Jarred Vanderbilt. The Clippers started with Reggie Jackson, Paul George, Nicolas Batum, Ivica Zubac and Marcus Morris Sr.

Game Summary

Both teams locked horns against one another early on. Anthony Edwards went crazy scoring 7 of the Wolves points. Their defense were on point so was their offense. However, the Wolves hit a bit of a snag with Karl-Anthony Towns picking up 3 fouls. This required him to be benched for a considerable amount of time. It was clear that the Clippers were taking on Towns and getting him out of the picture.

Things got pretty insane when Towns picked up his 4th foul in the game in the 2nd quarter and Beverley had 3 fouls, sidelining both on the bench till the end of the quarter. The Clippers could not build a lead despite the Wolves’ setback. They would have got the lead if not for D’Angelo Russell and Malik Beasley’s 3s. The 1st half ended with 53-51 in favor of the Wolves.

When the 2nd half commenced, Towns was careful of his fouls and he provided a bit of offense but the Clippers relentless attack on the interior led to Towns fouling out of the game. The Clippers built a 12 point lead by the end of the 3rd quarter.

In the 4th quarter, with Towns unavailable, Vanderbilt and Beverley stepped up on the defensive side and made important stops. On the offensive end, Edwards and Russell throttled the Wolves turning around the game. The Wolves took the lead and kept it till the buzzer sounded.

Box Score

Anthony Edwards was the star of the game scoring 30 points and 5 rebounds. D’Angelo Russell came up big too with 29 points and 6 rebounds. The most shocking turnaround was for Beverley and Vanderbilt to grab 11 and 10 rebounds respectively which kept them in the game. Malik Beasley’s sharpshooting provided stability to their offense with 12 points.

Paul George was the only Clipper to score above 20 points as he put up 34 points, 5 assists and 7 rebounds. Reggie Jackson put up 17 points, 5 assists and 7 rebounds. Norman Powell came off the bench with his 3s, scoring 16 points.

The Aftermath

The Minnesota Timberwolves won the game 109-105. They move on as the 7th seed to face the young Memphis Grizzlies. The Clippers will face off against the victor of the New Orleans Pelicans and the San Antonio Spurs bout. The winner will then move on as the 8th seed to face the 1st seed being Phoenix Suns.

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