Edwards led the Timberwolves out of the first round for the first time in his career – and the first time in 20 years for the franchise – with a four-game sweep of the Suns.

Welcome to the Conference Semifinals, Anthony Edwards.

Edwards led the Timberwolves out of the first round for the first time in his career – and the first time in 20 years for the franchise – with a four-game sweep of the Suns.

Ant’s numbers were off the charts for the series – 31.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg and 6.3 apg on 51.2% FG and 43.8% 3P – as he squared off with his favorite player and and took over the series

🗣️ Edwards when asked about not being doubled in the clincher:  “It was like – you’ve got to beat us. And I showed them.”

Ant scored 31 points in the 2nd half of Game 4 – including the exclamation point slam – to finish with his second 40+ point Playoff game

Edwards’ performance in the first round was the latest step in his meteoric rise from budding talent to full-blown superstar. We saw flashes in his early Playoff appearances:

Playoff Debut (2022): Scored 36 points in a win over Memphis in his first Playoff game (Wolves lost in six games)

Facing The Eventual Champs (2023): Averaged 31.6 ppg and had three straight games with 34+ points against the Nuggets (Wolves lost in five games)

Ant’s ascension continued in the offseason, becoming “The Guy” – according to Team USA coach Steve Kerr – during the 2023 FIBA World Cup.

The league’s GMs tabbed Edwards as the favorite for a breakout season in 2023-24 and they were proven correct

Edwards earned his second All-Star selection while establishing himself as the leader of the Wolves pack despite being the youngest pup in the starting five

With a personality as electric as his jaw-dropping dunks, Edwards mixes a joy for the game with a relentless competitive streak

🗣️ Said Gobert: “We’ve watched him grow, evolve as a leader, as a player, as a man. It’s been fun.”

The brighter the stage has gotten, the better Edwards has performed. He’ll look to take his next step today as the Wolves look to avenge last season’s loss to the Nuggets.

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