Anthony Edwards tries to keep upbeat as Timberwolves fall into precarious situation

Chris Hine, Star Tribune on

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DALLAS – Even at the lowest point of the Timberwolves season, Anthony Edwards was remaining upbeat.

A season ago, when the Wolves fell behind the Denver Nuggets 3-0 in a playoff series, Edwards sat at his locker, head in his hands and didn't say a word. He left without speaking to the media.

Now, a year later, his team faces another 3-0 deficit. But Edwards was trying to radiate positivity in a moment some teammates could have been sulking following a 116-107 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday night in the Western Conference finals series.

To the slumping Nickeil Alexander-Walker, two lockers over from Edwards, Edwards said: "One shot at a time, 'Kiel, it'll fall. Just trust it."

This came after Alexander-Walker, who can be hard on himself, had his head in his hands à la Edwards a season ago. Alexander-Walker, after a 1-for-4 shooting night, was rocking back and forth in his chair when media first entered the locker room.

Then Edwards was holding court with Mike Conley and Kyle Anderson, saying all the Wolves need is one game where everyone is clicking and they will be right back on track.


"We're here now fellas, what are we gonna do?" Edwards said.

Then Edwards spotted the struggling Karl-Anthony Towns on the other side of the room. He wanted to hear a positive response out of Towns, who had another off night in this series with 14 points on 5-for-18 shooting, including 0-for-8 on three-pointers.

"We here now, Karl. What are we gonna do?" Edwards said.

"Make history," Towns responded.


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