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Takeaways from a thrilling double OT Timberwolves win – The Athletic

Timberwolves fans have heard so much about the ice in D’Angelo Russell’s veins. They have seen the highlights of his clutch shooting in other uniforms and celebrated wildly when Gersson Rosas pulled the trigger on the trade that brought him to Minnesota.

Until Saturday night in Philadelphia, they have been mere stories that have been told, legends that wafted through the air that brought hope to a wayward fanbase, but nothing more. Russell has had some moments in Wolves blue, but the cold-blooded shooter that earned an All-Star berth in Brooklyn and justified a bidding war between the Warriors and Timberwolves? Where was that D’Angelo Russell?

There he was, in Philadelphia, when the Timberwolves desperately needed him.

Karl-Anthony Towns was in foul trouble, Anthony Edwards couldn’t get rolling after a strong start and Joel Embiid was barreling to the rim, and waltzing the free throw line, over and over again as the fourth quarter opened. Russell was 3 for 10 at the time, a non-factor in the early success, when Towns and Edwards pushed the Wolves to a 20-point lead in the third quarter.

The Wolves halfcourt offense had dried up again, but Russell simply wouldn’t let them fade all the way into another loss.

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