2 Nuggets who need to show up for them to close out the Timberwolves in game 6

Minnesota Timberwolves v Denver Nuggets - Game Five
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Aaron Gordon

Calling Gordon a role player is probably a bit unfair, but he’s often been the team’s third or fourth option on offense. Since Malone made the adjustment to involve Gordon in the offensive action as the ballhandler or screener the offense has taken off.

Gordon’s activity has been messing up the Timberwolves’ defense and especially manipulating Rudy Gobert and putting the Defensive Player of the Year in uncomfortable situations. Gordon has been a weapon for the Nuggets on offense the past few games and his increased involvement seems to have unlocked his shooting, playmaking, and overall energy.

Aside from his surge on offense, Gordon has been playing incredible defense on Karl-Anthony Towns. Taking the Wolves’ second-best offensive option away has completely neutered their scoring and has made it tough for them to keep up with Denver.

Gordon has been a menace on both ends of the court and aside from the superstars Jokic and Edwards, he’s been the best player on the floor. If Gordon can continue to neutralize Gobert on defense and KAT on offense the Wolves may be drawing dead.

The Nuggets can win without a great Gordon game, but if they do get one they are almost unbeatable. They’d be wise to keep AG prominently involved and engaged as he provides a different element for the Nuggets that the Wolves don’t seem to have an answer for.