Nuggets Timberwolves game 5: 3 key matchups that could tip the scales

Denver Nuggets v Minnesota Timberwolves - Game Four
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#3. Karl-Anthony Towns vs. Aaron Gordon

This was the biggest story from game 4 and there’s no reason to think that should change. KAT had been having an excellent series but last game a different version of Aaron Gordon showed up and completely cut the water off for Towns.

It was an incredible performance by Gordon and his physicality got Towns off his game early and he never recovered. Gordon was also stellar on the offensive end, exploding for 27 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists on 11/12 shooting and getting Rudy Gobert to compare him to Kobe Bryant.

If those are the versions of Gordon and Towns that show up for game 5, the T-Wolves are in huge trouble. Anthony Edwards looked like a one-man band out there on offense; he desperately needs his co-star and sidekick to actually play like it. Towns had been up till the last game, but this felt like a turning point. How he responds is a huge storyline.

Meanwhile, Gordon is typically a third or fourth option for the Nuggets on offense. If he continues to dominate the game on the perimeter with ballhandling, screening, and shotmaking that unlocks a whole new level for this team. Michael Porter Jr. and Jamal Murray had pretty quiet nights so they needed more from Gordon, but if they get AG clicking with the other main stars, that’s a wrap for Minnesota.