By Ben Beecken
The Timberwolves had a chance to defeat the top-seeded Houston Rockets in Game One, but ultimately fell short in the closing seconds.
If the Timberwolves were told that they’d be within three points with eight seconds to play and have the ball in their possession, they would surely have taken that scenario. Ultimately, however, the Wolves didn’t even get a 3-point shot away, and what easily could have been a shocking upset was instead exactly that: a what-could-have-been situation.;
The Wolves fell behind early and trailed by as many as 11 points in the first half. The bench struggled, and after a quick run from Minnesota in the second quarter, the Rockets surged once again at the end of the frame and pulled ahead by seven points at halftime.
The third quarter saw Minnesota come back and even take a brief lead of their own, despite exceedingly quiet games from their two All-Stars. But once again, the Rockets closed a quarter with a big run, pulling back ahead by four at the start of the fourth quarter.
The final frame saw the Rockets find their stride from beyond the arc, and James Harden simply took over. The Wolves fell behind by seven points with 1:30 remaining, but managed to pull within three points on a Karl-Anthony Towns‘ tip-in with 14.9 seconds left before forcing a Chris Paul...