A lot has changed for the Minnesota Timberwolves lately.
Karl-Anthony Towns is still out with a calf injury and will continue to miss games.
Additionally, the team recently traded away D’Angelo Russell after seasons of flirting with the idea.
That means that, as of now, the team truly and solidly belongs to Anthony Edwards and Rudy Gobert.
They showed they were ready for that responsibility on Monday night.
38 of the Timberwolves' 51 points against the Mavericks have come from the paint.
Edwards and Gobert are shooting 75% from the field. pic.twitter.com/P8QekYFlhU
— Unbiased NBA Fan (@nonbiasednbafan) February 14, 2023
This frontcourt was dominant in their win against the Dallas Mavericks.
During the first half of the game, 38 of the team’s 51 against Dallas came in the paint.
For most of the game, Edwards and Gobert were shooting at 75% from the field, proving that they are finally living up to the hype.
At the end of the game, Edwards had a team-high 32 points and 5 rebounds while Gobert was good for 21 points and 14 rebounds on a remarkable 9-of-9 from the field.
When the season first started, hopes were incredibly high for the Timberwolves.
Perhaps they were too high.
After the trade for Gobert in the offseason, people were expecting immediate results from Minnesota and pictured them sitting toward the top of the standings at this point.
Right now they are the eighth seed in their conference, which is actually better than they were for some time.
Games like Monday’s are important for fans of the team because it shows that Edwards and Gobert can work off one another well, even against a backcourt featuring Kyrie Irving and Luka Doncic.
The Timberwolves will try to secure a few more wins over the next week as they battle against the Washington Wizards, Charlotte Hornets, and Golden State Warriors.NEXT: NBA Insider Gives Latest Update On 3-Way Blockbuster Trade