Wolves get out of their troubles to beat the Clippers and advance to face Memphis in the playoffs

In a sea of ​​raves on the goal center floor after the Timberwolves 109-104 win over the Clippers, Patrick Beverly, in his undershirt, finds Anthony Edwards.

The two shared a long, hard embrace and at the end of them gleefully huddled toward the bench.

Edwards, who scored 30 points in the biggest game of his young career, flexed and screamed for the fans. Beverly sat on the bench and was crying. Then he rose, went to hug his family and later drank Bud Light Long while he made his post-match remarks alongside Edwards.

“Man, I wanted this so bad,” Beverly said. “I wanted this so badly.”

Everything that has derailed Wolves in the past – a foul issue from Karl-Anthony Towns, complaints about the referee, a fourth-quarter increase from a seasoned opponent, tested in the supplement – did not happen on Tuesday night.

With victory looming, Beverly threw the ball high in the air, starting the party at goal center on the Pier for the Wolves’ second playoff game since 2004. They’ll play their first game in Memphis on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

“I couldn’t have been more proud of the guys,” said drowned coach Chris Finch, who may have had a water bath or two after the game. “It’s an emotional win for us. We put it all in there. We fought through a lot of adversities, but we kept fighting. Every time it looked like a match was about to get away from us, we just kept stopping there, doing enough plays.”

They had to be without their best player on the floor for 7 minutes and 34 seconds.

D’Angelo Russell picked a fine time to have his best moment as Wolves with 29 points in a 10-18 shot. Russell has received some criticism from fans and the media for his tendency to sit down for matches at once, and his inconsistency during play.

Tuesday afternoon is when the wolves need him most.

“It’s almost like faith, you know?” Russell said. “You have your own faith, but when it comes to being a professional, you have to trust your profession. There will be ups, there will be ups and downs, whatever, but if you trust it and commit and lock up, come back, give back.”

Edwards was there with him on a 10 for 21. He scored the first seven points of the night as Wolves got off to a horrific offensive start in the first quarter. He attacked when the team needed him and the bird was working (5 to 11 from a three point range).

“They were afraid to guard me,” Edwards said. “I benefited from it.

Between sips of his beer, Beverly, who had seven points and 11 rebounds, couldn’t help but gush over Edwards.

“No one can guard him,” Beverly said. “I’ve told him that all year. I don’t care who he plays with. I’ve seen the best defensive players. I’m one of the best defensive players on earth. Nobody can guard him. I just keep preaching that to him and he does it all season… This is it.” His moment. He deserves it all. This is his moment.”

Together, Russell, Edwards, and Beverly help the Wolves overcome Townes’ terrible problem and a possible emotional breakdown in the past.

Boxcore: Wolves 109, Los Angeles Clippers 104

Cities wore his emotions up his sleeve with every foul call. Clippers only have his number. They had tall bodies that they could throw at him at any time on the ground. Finch said before the match that he was expecting “wrestling matches” between Towns and the Clippers front.

They finally fixed it to the seat.

“Honestly, it wasn’t Cat’s game,” Finch said.

After Towns made his fifth foul in the third quarter, he had a few words of choice for officials for those he could hear about the Wolverhampton bench. Russell, who was sitting on an exercise bike nearby, told him to “let it go.” Towns finished with 11 points and five rebounds.

The wolves moved without him all night long.

Shortly after Towns caught his fourth foul in the second quarter, they ran after play was paused to remove a protester who tried to stick herself to the ground. The woman was trying to protest an egg farm owned by Glenn Taylor, owner of Wolves and Star Tribune.

Fans and Wolves were emotionally reeling at that moment, which brought a different energy into the arena. Oddly enough, it seemed to calm everyone down, and the Wolves outperformed the Clippers 14-6 in the rest of the inning. Russell scored 14 points per second.

“It was amazing,” Finch said. “He made us start there in the second quarter with a lot of really smart play. Kind of cool off, he made big shots, he made the ball move.”

In the fourth quarter, Wolves needed to go more than seven minutes without Towns while dropping 93-86. They’ve made a bigger comeback in terms of points this season, but nothing with the higher stakes.

Edwards took the ball to the edge with abandon. Russell hit a huge triple shot, a shot he struggled with at times, to put them ahead 97-95 with 4:40 to play.

“He hasn’t made that third step in a long time, but we didn’t really tell him not to take it,” Finch said. “We wanted him to stay confident. He actually surprised me a little bit that he took it.”

When defense parted and Edwards went up unchallenged with 4:02 to play, Wolves and the fans really felt it. They didn’t give up the lead once they got it back.

Russell and Edwards introduced the crime. The whole team presented the defense.

“Tonight was all about defense,” Finch said. “It was fantastic. The game plan was executed to perfection. We were the most physical team, and that’s what we set out to do.”

Pre-season, they set out to be a playoff team. As Beverly said, not many gave them a chance to be one. But here they are heading to Memphis.

“I told you we were going to the playoffs,” Beverly said. “You looked at me like I was crazy.”