Timberwolves first 50+ win season in 20 years

Written by: Miles Jordan

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Anthony Edwards

Minnesota defeated Detroit on Wednesday, March 27, to capture their 50th win of the season, an accomplishment the Timberwolves haven't seen since 2004.

The last time Minnesota won 50 or more games in a season, Kevin Garnett led the Timberwolves to the team's only Western Conference Finals appearance in franchise history. Anthony Edwards and company are hoping to repeat history and return to the WCF, and after Minnesota's 111-98 victories over the reigning NBA champs, the Denver Nuggets, their path to the WCF just became significantly more accessible.

Minnesota now holds the No. 1 seed in the West, placing them against the No. 8 seed in the playoffs if the Timberwolves can keep the top spot until April 14, the end of the regular season. Not only would Minnesota face a No. 8 seed, but that seed would also need to exert energy in the play-in tournament and then face a well-rested Timberwolves team in Minnesota for the first two games.

Western Confrence Playoffs as of March 29

As former Timberwolves star Kevin Garnett once said, “Anything is possible”, however it would seem that if Minnisota can hold the No. 1 seed, their path to the second round of the playoffs would be significantly easier.