Timberwolves End 14-Year Absence from Playoffs, NBA Releases 1st-Round Schedule

April 12, 2018 07:20 AM

After a 14-year absence, the Minnesota Timberwolves are bound for the playoffs.

Wednesday night, the Timberwolves outlasted the Denver Nuggets 112-106 in overtime in the first final-day play-in game in the NBA in 21 years.

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No team in the league had gone longer without a postseason appearance than the Timberwolves.

"I'll probably fall asleep tonight and wake up in the middle of the night and start crying," forward Karl-Anthony Towns, who was 8 years old the last time the Wolves were in the playoffs, told KSTP Sports. "It'll hit me, what happened."

Meanwhile, the NBA has released the first-round playoff schedule, and the reigning NBA champs will host the postseason opener.

Game 1 between Golden State and San Antonio opens the slate on Saturday at 3 p.m. Eastern — a somewhat unusual noon local time tip-off for the Warriors.

The Warriors-Spurs game will followed Saturday by three other openers — Washington-Toronto, Miami-Philadelphia and New Orleans-Portland.

On Sunday, the games are Milwaukee-Boston, Indiana-Cleveland, Utah-Oklahoma City and Minnesota-Houston.

Game 2s will be held Monday through Wednesday.

Game 3s start Thursday, and all Game 7s — if necessary — would be on April 28 and 29.

For those planning way ahead, the NBA Finals are set to begin on May 31.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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