Minnesota Timberwolves Kyle Anderson is looking to move past the disappointing end to Sunday’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers. With a chance to tie the game and send it to overtime, Anthony Edwards passed the ball to Jaden McDaniels, who then swung the ball to Anderson in the corner.
Anderson had a pump fake in mind and got a wide-open lane after Portland defenders bit on it. However, he botched the layup, and the ball went over the backboard, making it Portland ball with less than a second left in the game. The Blazers inbounded the ball and secured their upset win, leaving Anderson, his teammates, and fans stunned.
How did Fans react?
The fans expectedly were not with their team losing to the Blazers and expressed their disappointed and frustrated emotions on social media platforms like Twitter. While general fans criticized the teams’ overall performance, many did not miss their chance to take a jab at Anderson with their memes and criticism of kyle’s skills.
Kyle Anderson after the game pic.twitter.com/VqTGxP9rOC
— ☀️Impossible🌑 (@GosuSZN) April 2, 2023
The Timberwolves really lost to a bunch of 10 days
— Ravens and Lakers fan (@Kevohoop) April 2, 2023
Broadcaster was absolutely speechless. Might be one of the worst layups I’ve ever seen
— HawksRingSZN (@joedeertay5) April 3, 2023
The loss was a significant blow to the Timberwolves’ playoff hopes, as they are in the midst of a tight Western Conference race with only a few games remaining on the regular-season schedule. With a record of 39-40, the Timberwolves are currently ninth in the West, which would put them in the play-in tournament. If the season were to end today, they would face the Oklahoma City Thunder in the play-in tournament, with a chance to play for the eighth seed.
Despite the disappointing loss, Anderson and the Timberwolves know they must quickly move on and focus on their remaining games. The team cannot afford any more losses like this as they fight for a playoff spot. Anderson and his teammates must regroup and come back stronger in their next game.
The Contribution of Kyle Anderson to Minnesota Timberwolves’ Playoff Hopes with Just Three Games Remaining
The Timberwolves are now sitting in ninth place in the West with a record of 39-40 after a 107-105 loss against the Portland Trail Blazers. The loss puts them in a tight spot for securing at least the eighth seed in the playoffs. Minnesota has only three games left in its schedule, including matchups against the Brooklyn Nets, San Antonio Spurs, and the New Orleans Pelicans. If the season were to end today, the Timberwolves would face the Oklahoma City Thunder in the play-in tournament for a chance to play for the eighth seed.
Kyle Anderson is placing the finishing touches on a season-long display of his special talent and underappreciated capacity to improve a team as the playoffs draw near. There was no better moment for Anderson to step up than in 2022–2023 when the Timberwolves were dealing with a multitude of injuries.
Kyle Anderson has put up legendary efforts to help the Wolves on various occasions. One such effort was to defeat the New York Knicks in one of their biggest, gutsiest victories of the entire season, best summarising what he has been doing for Minnesota all year.
The NBA play-in tournament is set to begin on April 11, where the seventh and eighth seeds in both conferences will play to determine the true seventh seed in the playoffs, and the ninth and tenth seeds will compete for a chance to play the loser of the seventh and eighth seed games to determine the true eighth and final seed for the first round of each conference.