5 reasons the Timberwolves can make a run at the National Basketball Association title

5 reasons the Timberwolves can make a run at the National Basketball Association title

5 reasons the Timberwolves can make a run at the National Basketball Association title

Their other meeting came in Minnesota's first trip in 1997, when the Timberwolves were swept in three games.

No one expected the eighth-seeded Wolves to win Game 1 - many don't expect them to win a game in this series - but Sunday set up well for the upset.

Then Khris Middleton forced overtime with an absurd 3-pointer at the buzzer that barely got off his fingertips in time. The Houston Rockets are allowing 35.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.5 rebounds per game. Winning Game 1 would shift the narrative in the series and put the pressure on Houston. Tucker made a 3 for the Rockets after that, but Minnesota used a 6-1 spurt, with 3s from Wiggins and Teague, to go back on top 62-58.

The likely 2017-18 Most Valuable Player torched Minnesota down the stretch.

James Harden led the National Basketball Association this year in scoring with an impressive 30.8 points per game, while Center Clint Capela led the league with a 65.2 field goal percentage. The next possession, he fed Clint Capela with an easy alley oop, an explanation mark on the Rockets' big run.

It was a rough, grind-it-out affair between the Celtics and Bucks for at least the first three quarters, but the ending turned into absolute insanity. Houston, even with Gordon, Capela and Anderson questionable along with Mbah a Moute out until early May have a terrific second unit.

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The Rockets opponent, the Minnesota Timberwolves, clinched their first playoff birth in 14 years by beating the Denver Nuggets in the regular season finale.

After acquiring Chris Paul this past offseason, the Rockets have taken head coach Mike D'Antoni's elite offensive system to greater heights, shooting more 3s than 2s and having a Hall of Fame point guard on the floor at all times. After a bad pass by Paul gave the Timberwolves a chance to tie it with 1.5 seconds left, Jimmy Butler's shot was short.

Houston average 122 points per game against the T-wolves, with an average margin of victory of 15 points.

It's tough to see Houston shooting as poorly as it did Sunday at any points through the remainder of the series, and the Wolves still couldn't take advantage.

Anderson sprained his ankle on April 3 and it sidelined him for the final four games of the regular season.

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