Timberwolves stars are performing well, but Luka Doncic isn’t, and Charles Barkley is under the weather.

1. Wolves postpone elimination, and impose the fifth match on Thursday at home

After losing in the fourth quarter of its first three Western Conference Finals games against Dallas, the Timberwolves star team responded strongly in Game 4 on Tuesday, a 105-100 win over Dallas.

Karl-Anthony Towns and Anthony Edwards defeated Mavericks stars Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving 54-44 on a night in which they escaped elimination for the third time in these playoffs.

Towns and Edwards combined to score 13 points before Towns fouled out late in the game.

Edwards achieved a triple-double, recording 29 points, 10 rebounds, and 9 assists. Towns scored 20 of his 25 points after halftime, including back-to-back 3-pointers where he shot 9-for-13. He was especially lethal from deep, making 4-of-5 3-pointers after going 0-for-8 in Game 3.

“I’ve never been so successful in my career,” Edwards told TNT afterward. “I took it personally. I definitely didn’t want to get swept, especially not in their stadium, when I heard fans talking bad all night.”

2. Sometimes it snows in… May?

During the second quarter, TNT analyst Charles Barkley was hoping for a four-game sweep of Dallas because he did not want to come back to Minnesota for Game 5.

“It’s snowing in Minnesota,” he said.

It wasn’t snowing. The temperature was 62 degrees and partly cloudy.

Barkley said he saw on social media snow falling in Minnesota. It was actually the cottonwood trees doing what they do this time of year.

When the crew transitioned into the “Shaqtin a Fool” segment, Kenny Smith quipped, “It doesn’t snow in Minnesota,” to which Shaq replied, “But it’s still cold.”

Everyone will return to Target Center for another game. Barkley said he would have to buy a new suit if the series extends to five games.

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3. Doncic takes the blame

Doncic took the blame for his 7-for-21 shooting night and his 28-point game that only lacked one or two shots.

“This game is on me,” he said afterward. “I didn’t have enough energy, I did better.”

But Doncic hit a memorable three-pointer as Dallas tried to regain its footing in the final minutes of the game, even if he missed a free throw that would have made it a four-point game.

4. The Mavs are missing a vital player, and get another one back in the lineup

Dallas played without rookie center Derek Lively II, who made a big impact with his athleticism and rim protection. But they fired big man Maxi Kleber, who hasn’t played in 25 days due to a shoulder injury suffered in the first round against the Clippers.

Lively left the second quarter Sunday wobbly after falling into the paint and hitting Towns’ knee in the back of the head while Towns also went down looking for the ball. He was diagnosed with a sprained neck as a result of the collision. Even then, he was perfect from the field in the first two games of the series, 13-for-13.

Veteran Dwight Powell was the first man off the bench about four minutes into the game. The Clippers made their debut late in the first quarter and played more than 13 minutes.

5. Finch feels good enough to get a “T”

Wolves coach Chris Finch was awake on Tuesday and more active during breaks from his seat in the second row behind his team’s bench. He drew up plays in timeout huddles, clashed with officials and even drew a technical foul for arguing Towns’ fifth foul of the third quarter.

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Finch did so with a limp but without the crutches he has used since Mike Conley inadvertently collided with him on the bench during the final play of Phoenix’s first-round sweep. He needed surgery to repair the injured knee.

6. The transformations almost turned him around

The Wolves avoided the sweep and avoided enough stupid, forced passes and numerous silly fouls and turnovers, including a potential four-point play where Doncic missed a free throw in the final seconds.

Towns found himself sitting out the final four minutes of the second quarter after he was called for reaching behind for his third personal foul, then got into foul trouble again with his fourth and fifth fouls before fouling out.

The Wolves led in rebounds (40-38) and points in the paint (46-36), but the Mavs outscored them 30-15 in points off turnovers, including 20 points in the first half.

7. The big team becomes small in Game 4

When Towns went to the bench late in the second quarter, the Wolves briefly went without a lineup that did not include point guard Mike Conley and frequent ball handler Edwards, who also had three fouls on Rudy Gobert.

Instead, they had this lineup: Kyle Anderson, Nickel Alexander-Walker, Naz Reed, Jaden McDaniels, and Gobert. Conley soon came back when both Gobert and Edwards went to the bench with third fouls as well.

8. Kat on Walton

Wolves big man Karl-Anthony Towns said he was “hurt” when he heard Monday that Basketball Hall of Famer Naismith and unconventional TV analyst Bill Walton had died of cancer. They last spoke at All-Star Weekend in Indianapolis in February. “He’s always had a big personality, which I think everyone knows,” Towns said Tuesday morning. “It’s definitely a sad day in the NBA. A sad day for the brotherhood to not only lose such a great player, but also someone who contributed so much to our game. Such an amazing person who brought a bright spot in the lives of so many people.”

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9. Plugged out of the stadium

Wolves teammate Jaylen Clark — who, like Walton, played at UCLA — broke the news about Towns because Towns isn’t on social media anymore.

“A long time ago, I think when I came back from the injury,” said Towns, who returned from knee surgery for the final two regular-season games. “I have people who take care of that.”

10. Mavericks’ Kidd and Irving share more than just a love of the game

Both are point guards who played the game in their respective times with special vision and skill. Irving won one NBA title with Cleveland in 2016, and his coach Jason Kidd won one title as a player with Dallas in 2011 and as an assistant coach with the Lakers in 2020.

They share a birthday on March 23, although Kidd was born in 1973 in San Francisco while Irving was born in 1992 in Melbourne, Australia. Kidd is 51, Irving is 32.

“We celebrate his birthday first, not mine,” Kidd said. “He’s a little younger than me and his skill set is much higher than mine. We both love the game of basketball and want to be great, as players and now as a coach. We’re able to tell the truth.” for each other.”

The Star Tribune did not send the author of this article to the game. This was written using broadcasts, interviews and other material.

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