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The Minnesota Timberwolves reportedly feature guards D’Angelo Russell and Jaylen Nowell in the playoff first-round matchup in Game 1 between the Phoenix Suns and the Los Angeles Lakers.
According to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, the Timberwolves idea is to “show them what it’s like to play between busy playoff domains.”;
T-Wolves reportedly plan to send players to the next big playoff game throughout the season to give them “Getting perspective on what it takes to play at this high level.”
Since reaching the playoffs in 2018, the Timberwolves are one of the NBA’s worst teams. They posted three consecutive losing seasons, including the 19-45 mark in 2019-20.
Minnesota has made better progress this season. But only 23-49, the third worst record in the Western Conference. ahead of the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Houston Rockets only
Russell and Novell had the opportunity to watch two of the best teams in the NBA form the Suns and the Lakers, who won last season’s NBA championships.
While Russell spent his first two NBA seasons with the Lakers as the No. 2 overall player in the 2015 draft, he never made it to the playoffs as a member of the team. He appeared in five games as a member of the Brooklyn Nets in 2019.
Meanwhile, Nowell had no playoff experience in his two NBA seasons with the T-Wolves. He was the team’s second-round pick from Washington.
The Wolves have appeared in just one playoff round as a franchise in the past 17 seasons. Therefore, getting players into the playoff atmosphere is a very special and effective tool.
Ultimately, though, Timberwolves players will have to grow and improve as units on the field. Making them crave basketball playoffs can’t be considered anything but a good thing.