Two teams with mathematical playoff chances meet on Tuesday night as the Minnesota Timberwolves travel to take on the Brooklyn Nets.
Latest news on Anthony Edwards and Rudy Gobert for Tuesday’ game
The Minnesota Timberwolves (39-40), now ninth in the Western Conference, would be assured at least a spot in the play-in round with a win over the Nets and a loss by the Utah Jazz to the Los Angeles Lakers.
Meanwhile, the Brooklyn Nets (43-35) would lock up at least the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs with a win over the Timberwolves and a loss by the Miami Heat to the Detroit Pistons.
The Nets won 124-123 in overtime against the Timberwolves in Minnesota a month ago and will be seeking to sweep the season series.
Since then, the Nets have won just 5 of 11 games, although 3 of those triumphs have occurred during the current winning streak. On their current four-game homestand, the Nets have swept the Houston Rockets, Atlanta Hawks, and Utah Jazz.
The T-Wolves have dropped three straight games and now need victories in Brooklyn and San Antonio to have any chance of entering the Western Conference playoffs after previously holding a seemingly insurmountable lead.
On Sunday, they were beaten 107-105 by the visiting Portland Trail Blazers.
The midseason shift the Nets experienced appears to be happening to the Timberwolves as well. They picked up point guard Mike Conley in a trade with the Utah Jazz before the trade deadline, but they’ve been struggling since Karl-Anthony Towns returned to the lineup after missing 52 games with a strained calf.
Towns attempted a career-low three shots in the loss to Portland. Anthony Edwards had 37 points.
Edwards was the team leader in points, attempts, three-pointers, and minutes played for the Wolves. He has scored 35 points, grabbed 5 boards, and dished out 5 assists four times already this season.
Rudy Gobert, meanwhile, played 35 minutes and contributed 10 points (5-10 FG), 15 rebounds, and three assists.
Gobert had a double-double, as he was one of five Timberwolves to score in double digits. He led the NBA in rebounds.
Gobert has posted a double-double in seven of his previous 10 games, including the last two.
As Towns has not yet recovered, Rudy Gobert and Anthony Edwards will have to step up as the Wolves’ de facto captains.
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Injury Report Timberwolves:
- Karl-Anthony Towns (Calf) – Questionable
- Jaylen Nowell (Knee) – Questionable
- Austin Rivers (Illness) – Questionable
- Naz Reid (Wrist) – Out
Injury Report Nets:
- Ben Simmons (Back) – Out for the season