The Minnesota Timberwolves felt the sting of defeat in a big way on Tuesday night, as they fell 111-109 to the Memphis Grizzlies in a wild, must-see game.
It almost didn’t end that way and the Timberwolves were really close to taking the win.
But in the final seconds of the game, Ja Morant of the Grizzlies did what he does best and heroically sealed the deal.
And now Timberwolves star Anthony Edwards is taking the blame.
With 3.7 seconds left, the game was tied 109-109 with Memphis preparing for an inbound pass.
Morant got possession of the ball and weaved his way to the basket to put up a huge bucket.
Edwards, meanwhile, was defending Morant and quite literally let him slip through his fingers.
“I had already had my mind made up that I was going to try and steal it. Dumb mistake. It’s over though, so can’t do nothing about it,” Edwards said after the game.
Anthony Edwards on the final Memphis possession that led to the Ja Morant game-winner:
"I had already had my mind made up that I was going to try and steal it. Dumb mistake. It's over though, so can't do nothing about it."
— Dane Moore (@DaneMooreNBA) April 27, 2022
Edwards and the rest of his team are looking ahead at the next game and it’s one they have to win.
On The Line
The series is now 3-2 in Memphis’ favor.
That means that if the Timberwolves lose the next game, the series is done and they are on summer vacation.
It’s really hard to beat a team as deep as Memphis but Minnesota has done surprisingly well in this opening round.
Some people thought that the Grizzlies would end up sweeping this series but that definitely hasn’t been the case.
That being said, the Timberwolves have given up multiple big leads and have been inconsistent at times.
If they wish to keep their season alive, they will need to play in pitch-perfect for the next game.