Anthony Edwards of the Timberwolves Misses Opening Tipoff Against Trail Blazers

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Anthony Edwards was positioned near the scorers’ table as the Minnesota Timberwolves prepared for the opening tip-off of Monday night’s 119-114 victory against the Portland Trail Blazers at the Target Center.

Contrary to his usual role of starting the game, Edwards found himself awaiting entry into the game, with Nickeil Alexander-Walker unexpectedly taking his place in the starting lineup. This deviation, however, was entirely unintentional.

“I lost track of time,” Edwards remarked straightforwardly following the victory.

While such occurrences may be common in the AAU or college basketball circuits on occasion, they are seldom observed in the NBA.

Anthony Edwards Makes an Impact After Late Entry

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Nevertheless, Edwards entered the game approximately 30 seconds later, and the proceedings returned to their usual course. 

He concluded the game with 13 points and six assists in 35 minutes of play, shooting 4-of-10 from the field. 

Although he briefly exited the game in the third quarter due to a right elbow injury, he promptly returned to the court at the beginning of the fourth quarter.

Edwards is currently experiencing a career-best season, averaging 26.1 points and 5.2 rebounds in his fourth year in the league. 

At 22 years old, he earned his second consecutive All-Star selection this year and has played a pivotal role in guiding the Timberwolves to a 43-19 record, narrowly securing the top position in the Western Conference standings as of Tuesday afternoon.

Key Performers in Timberwolves’ Victory

In Monday night’s victory, Rudy Gobert led the Timberwolves with 25 points and 16 rebounds on an impressive 9-of-10 shooting from the field. 

Mike Conley contributed 19 points and seven assists, while Karl-Anthony Towns finished with 14 points.

Portland’s Anfernee Simons led his team with 34 points and 14 assists, supported by Duop Reath’s 26 points and Dalano Banton’s 18 points and seven rebounds. 

However, the Trail Blazers have struggled, losing 10 of their last 12 games and holding a record of 17-43.

Next, the Timberwolves will face the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night at Gainbridge Fieldhouse, offering Edwards an opportunity to showcase his time management skills once again.

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