Timberwolves End 14-Year Absence from Playoffs, NBA Releases 1st-Round Schedule
13 Апреля, 2018, 02:05 | Author: Anita Tucker
While the Rockets rested almost their entire roster of rotation in their season finale, the Wolves were pushed to overtime by the Nuggets in a winner-reaches-the-playoffs game.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have been in control of a spot in the playoffs for the majority of the season, and entering the final game on the schedule they still are.
That means the Nuggets will miss the playoffs for the fifth straight campaign, although their gradual improvement in recent years is a minor silver lining.
Turnovers: Denver had 15 for 24 points, a problem all season that popped up in the final game.
The Philadelphia 76ers won their 16th consecutive game, despite resting both Joel Embiid and JJ Redick from the starting line-up, in a 130-95 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.
For the 22-year-old center, Towns pledges to put the Timberwolves back on the map and make some noise in the playoffs.
Paul Millsap's return from a wrist injury was critical in the late charge, but Denver's young core is the main reason it almost reached the postseason.
Star swingman Jimmy Butler led the way, scoring 29 points, while racking up five assists and five rebounds. Gary Harris (17.6 points) and Jamal Murray (16.7 points) each are contributing offensively as well.
"It's disrespectful to say that guys are tanking and trying to lose, because those guys that are on the floor every night have something to prove", interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff said, adding: "Every single night they're giving their best effort". Vegas has typically been fairly accurate when predicting totals of Nuggets games, with 41 overs compared to 39 unders.
The Timberwolves are in the playoffs for the first time in 14 years, which at least is a milestone and at best is an accomplishment.
The chance to play for a postseason berth looked bleak two weeks ago, when Denver dropped back-to-back games at Philadelphia and Toronto to slip to 2-4 on the longest road trip in the National Basketball Association this season.
With a chance to win in regulation, the Nuggets desperately wanted Jokic to take the final shot.
"I don't want to have that feeling next year", Murray said. If Utah loses twice, and New Orleans, San Antonio, and OKC all lose once, bingo, five-way tie.
Lauri Markkanen had 20 points and eight rebounds and Sean Kilpatrick scored 14 points for Chicago.
Jokic has been terrific and is averaging 23.7 points, 13.3 rebounds and 8.2 assists while shooting 50.5 percent from the field. "I've just got to get all the way back right, take care of my body this summer and get ready for next season".
The Nuggets took an early lead, but the Wolves quickly pounced on a exhausted Nuggets team that could no longer buy a basket. "I don't know if it can get any higher".
It seems like they should be better or younger.
They've had to do this the hard way, too.
How many games will the Timberwolves win? Appreciate everybody following along during my rookie season on this beat.
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