Timberwolves Defeat Pelicans; The Playoffs Is Finally Set

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Timberwolves Defeat Pelicans; The Playoffs Is Finally Set

Now that the final dust has settled, we can identify who will compete for a playoff spot. The Golden State Warriors have earned a spot in the postseason tournament. The Play-In Tournament is where LeBron James will compete next. Even though the Minnesota Timberwolves lost Rudy Gobert in the middle of the game when he got into a fight with Kyle Anderson, they could still win and increase their chances of making the playoffs.

It was to be expected that the final day of the NBA regular season would be chaotic, and several factors contributed to the unexpected conclusion.

Gobert was sent home for the day after throwing a punch at teammate Anderson late in the second quarter. This occurred shortly after Jaden McDaniels injured his right hand by hitting a wall out of rage. As a result, the Timberwolves were forced to rely on Anthony Edwards to lead the way.

Edwards concluded the game with 26 points, 13 rebounds, four steals, and four blocks to lead his team to a 113-108 victory over New Orleans and move ahead of the Pelicans in the play-in seeding.

The Timberwolves had the largest team deficit in the first half, with 14 points. This was due to the great scoring output of the Pelicans, who were playing against the Timberwolves. Taurean Prince came off the bench to help their team and contributed 18 points, while Karl-Anthony Towns scored 12 of his game-high 30 points in the fourth quarter to keep their team in the game.

The Timberwolves recovered from their missteps in the first half of the game, preserved their composure during the second half, and eventually surpassed the Pelicans in the third and final quarter.

The Minnesota Timberwolves finished in eighth place with a record of 42-40 and will compete in the play-in tournament in Los Angeles against the resurgent Los Angeles Lakers, who finished in seventh place with a history of 42-39. The winner of that game will be given the seventh seed and will play Memphis in the first round of the playoffs.

Brandon Ingram finished the game with 42 points and 12 rebounds and outscored the Timberwolves by himself 21-18 in the first quarter. He also led the Pelicans in scoring. When Trey Murphy scored his own 20 points, C.J. McCollum came to his aid and scored 23 points for the team.