NBA Fans Fuming at 26 Year Old Star After Anthony Edwards’ Wolves Suffer Series Ending Loss to Ja Morant’s Grizzlies

Published 04/30/2022, 9:30 AM EDT
Apr 21, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves forward Anthony Edwards (1) dribbles against the Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant (12) in the second quarter during game one of the three round for the 2022 NBA playoffs at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Anthony Edwards and the Minnesota Timberwolves season is officially over. They exited the playoffs after losing game 6 to Ja Morant and the Memphis Grizzlies at the Target Center. The Wolves will be kicking themselves as they blew another digit lead in an all-important game. And one star was crucified for his poor performance in the series.

The Wolves had high hopes for D’Angelo Russell to perform, but he failed to show up. Russell averaged 12 points on 33% shooting from the field and 38% from three-point range. He was ineffective in most games and the head coach removed him in the fourth quarter of game 6.

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Many have asked Russell to be traded after another disappointing season. The Wolves have 2 superstars in Karl Anthony Towns and Anthony Edwards. They are in dire need of a leader and a floor general. They can combine a package around Russell to get what they want.

NBA Fans are livid with D’Angelo Russell after Ja Morant and the Grizzlies advance

The fans were not happy with Russell’s performance. In the most important game of the season, Russell had 7 points and 4 turnovers. And that has been the case in this entire series. Here are the best reactions:

How did the Wolves throw this series away?

The Wolves shocked the world when they took game 1 and they were ready to show that they were no pushovers. With the series tied 1-1, the Wolves had arguably one of their worst games in franchise history. They blew two 20-point leads in game 3 and they let the Grizzlies take the series lead. They did manage to win game 4 and make it all even.

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But then in game 5, with less than 10 minutes to go, the Wolves blew another double-digit lead. They let Morant take over the game and hit the game-winner. And the same thing happened in game 6. The Wolves were playing great until the fourth quarter started.

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Apr 21, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves guard D’Angelo Russell (0) looks to pass to forward Anthony Edwards (1) against the Memphis Grizzlies in the fourth quarter during game one of the three round for the 2022 NBA playoffs at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

They had a 10-point lead at the start of the fourth, but they just couldn’t hold on to it. According to many, it’s not just the player’s fault, but the coaching staff has been poor in this series as well.

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They let the Grizzlies go on a 21-0 run and there was no timeout called. The Wolves have a great young core, but they need the right players and coaching in order to become a contender.

 

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Vishwesha Kumar

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Vishwesha Kumar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Holder of a Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, Vishwesha has been writing content for about 3 years now. He has been following the NBA for nearly 10 years, since first starting off in the year 2012.

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