Welcome to the Daily NBA Fix for Saturday, April 5, the morning after the Minnesota Timberwolves picked up one of their best wins of the season … just before being eliminated from playoff contention.
The Timberwolves needed two overtimes to beat the Heat in Miami Friday night 122-121, winning it when Corey Brewer hit the first of two free throws with one second left in the second overtime.
It was their first win in eight tries against the Heat and their first in Miami since Feb. 18, 2009. They had lost to the Heat at the Target Center on Dec. 7, 103-82.
But, alas, even by improving to 38-37, the Timberwolves were officially asked to leave the playoff party Friday night. Wins by Memphis over the Nuggets and the Suns at Portland closed the door on Minnesota’s slim mathematical chance to make the postseason for the first time in 10 years.
But, hey; they’ll always have Miami.
The Daily NBA Fix will deliver highlights, game capsules, the top and bottom five players, the dreaded Goose Egg, Clean and Sober and Ironman awards, we’ll recap who’s circling the drain, there will be some interesting pieces of relevant (and not-so-relevant) information and we’ll look at today’s daily lines for those people who like to wager a buck or two.
Check out the highlights below from the night that was, then get into the game capsules (home teams in CAPS).