Minnesota's-Own Tyus Jones Discusses Ending Timberwolves 14-Year Playoff Drought

April 11, 2018 11:31 PM

Apple Valley-native and current Timberwolf Tyus Jones barely remembers the last time his team was in the NBA playoffs.

"I remember it a little bit," Jones said in a jubilant yet somewhat reserved Timberwolves postgame locker room. 

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The 21-year-old point guard was sevend when Kevin Garnett's MVP campaign led the Timberwolves to the Western Conference Finals.

They hadn't been back... until now.

"Being from here, I know the fans - how they feel, how long it's been," Jones said.

Click the video box on this page to hear postgame comments from Tyus Jones after the Timberwolves win over the Denver Nuggets that propelled the Wolves into the NBA Playoffs

Jones and the 2018 Timberwolves beat Denver 112-106 in a winner-take-all regular season finale that sends the Wolves into the postseason, snapping a 13-season drought.

"I remember (the Timberwolves) being in the playoffs, but I don't remember the importance of it," Jones said. "I was just a fan, so I was happy we were making a run. The more the years went on, the more you see how tough it is - not making the playoffs and how bad the fans want it -we're glad we were able to end that drought."

The Timberwolves will open the playoffs with a first-round series against the Houston Rockets.  Games 1 and 2 will be in Houston with Games 3 and 4 bringing playoff basketball back to Target Center.

 

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