2022 News 5 Takeaways From Timberwolves' series-opening victory over Grizzlies

Anthony Edwards dazzles in his playoff debut, helping Minnesota steal home-court advantage from Memphis in Game 1

Five takeaways from the Minnesota Timberwolves’ 130-117 victory over the Grizzlies Saturday at FedEx Forum in Game 1 of their first-round Western Conference playoff series

1. Anthony Edwards was ready for his close-up - There were a couple of lists waiting for Timberwolves wing Anthony Edwards, onto either of which he could have scribbled his name

There was this one: Kevin Garnett 21 points and an L, Stephon Marbury 28 and an L, Tom Gugliotta 11 and an L, Andrew Wiggins 18 and an L, and Karl-Anthony Towns 8 and an L.

That’s a list of young Wolves across franchise history and how they did in their playoff debuts. Some scored well, all lost. (And you don’t see Christian Laettner, Isaiah Rider, Kevin Love or Ricky Rubio on that list because they never reached the playoffs with Minnesota.)

Then there is this list: Luka Doncic (42 points in 2020), John Williamson (38 in 1979), George Mikan (37 in 1949) and now Edwards

With 36 points in the first postseason game of his young career, the No.1 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft scored 36 points to pull into a four-way tie with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Julius Erving, Derrick Rose and er, Gary Brokaw for most points in one’s first career playoff game

Edwards hit four of his 11 3-point shots, all eight of his free throws, and had six assists, two blocks and one steal. He also picked up the W, which is about as un-Timberwolves-like as it gets at this time of year.

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