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Kevin Garnett reveals the truth about the Anthony Edwards and Karl-Anthony Towns Timberwolves duo

The Minnesota Timberwolves are still the talk of the town after dashing the title repeat dreams of Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets in a thrilling seven-game series in the second round of the 2024 NBA Playoffs. That also means Minnesota is on its way to to play in its first Western Conference finals game in twenty years. The last time the T’wolves reached that round and played was way back in the 2003-04 season, when Kevin Garnett was still the ruler of Twin Cities hoops.

Twenty years later, Garnett feels ecstatic about the rejuvenation of Timberwolves basketball, as evidenced by the team’s conquest of the Nuggets. The duo of Karl-Anthony Towns and Anthony Edwards plays a huge role in Minnesota’s playoff success, and if you ask Garnett, the combination of these two personalities is a major reason for Minnesota’s deep playoff run. the Timberwolves. walk. The Big Ticket even compared Edwards and Towns to his Boston Celtics tandem with Paul Pierce.

“(Anthony Edwards) has too much of a personality to be Robin… (Ant and Karl-Anthony Towns) are the faces of the franchise,” Garnett said during a recent episode of All the Smoke Productions.

“This is why me and (Paul Pierce) worked. You have to have a yin and a yang,” Garnett added.

Anthony Edwards and Karl-Anthony Towns continue to power the Timberwolves

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards (5) and center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) celebrate beating the Denver Nuggets in game seven of the second round for the 2024 NBA playoffs at Ball Arena.
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The Timberwolves are indeed riding on the shoulders of Towns and Edwards in the playoffs. With Edwards, it appears Towns has found the right partner to take care of him from the perimeter. While Towns is a unicorn who can operate anywhere on the floor, Edwards’ otherworldly athleticism and shot-creation skills give the former Kentucky Wildcats star even more angles to work on offense. Edwards makes it easier for the Timberwolves to run their twin-tower duo of Towns and Gobert, and that was evident in the first two rounds of the 2024 NBA Playoffs.

In their 98-90 Game 7 win over the Nuggets, the Timberwolves didn’t get the usual numbers from Edwards, who finished with just 16 points on a salty 6/24 shooting from the floor, but Towns was there to soften the impact. Edwards’ poor shooting performance. Towns had 23 points as he converted eight of his 14 attempts and also grabbed 12 rebounds. Things won’t always be this bad for Edwards and Towns won’t always be this efficient with his shooting, but Game 7 further showed that their chemistry on the floor goes beyond what the base scores say.

Towns and Edwards will be tested again in the next round, this time with the Dallas Mavericks standing in the way of Minnesota’s climb to the top of the league. The Mavs present a different challenge for the Timberwolves, but it’s not a stretch to think Minnesota is confident it can get the job done versus Luka Doncic and company. After all, the Timberwolves just ended the Nuggets’ brief reign as national champions.

So far in the playoffs, Edwards, the top pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, is putting up 28.9 points per game against the Timberwolves while knocking down 50.4 percent of his field goal attempts. Towns, on the other hand, is second on the team with 18.8 points per game and a shooting percentage of 51.7 percent.