What did Anthony Edwards say? Timberwolves star taunts Jamal Murray, calls out Charles Barkley after Game 7

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With an unprecedented comeback in Game 7 of the Western Conference Semifinals, the Timberwolves’ historic run continues with the second conference finals appearance in franchise history.

As a result, the spotlight on 22-year-old rising superstar Anthony Edwards is brighter than it has ever been.

Since Edwards was selected first overall by Minnesota in the 2020 NBA Draft, he’s quickly become a fan favorite — he’s as big of a star off of the court as he is on it.  In addition to being one of the game’s most confident competitors, Edwards is one of the best quotes in sports
. His personality shines through with a natural sense of humor displayed nearly every time a microphone is in front of him.

After Minnesota’s series-clinching win to advance to the Western Conference Finals, Edwards added more to his growing reel of viral postgame moments. Here are some of the best.

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What did Anthony Edwards say after Timberwolves Game 7 win?

A message for Charles Barkley

With the Western Conference Finals opening in Minnesota, TNT’s “Inside the NBA” will begin its coverage on-site from Minneapolis’ Target Center.

During Edwards’ walk-off interview, Charles Barkley explained, “I have not been to Minnesota in probably 20 years,” prompting a three-word response from Minnesota’s star.

As Edwards expounded upon his answer, he pledged to send his best recommendations to the Hall of Famer.

‘Damn, I’m trash!’

Edwards’ self-awareness was at an all-time high after the win. As he sat down at the podium, he was in visible shock at his 6-of-24 shooting in the win.

“Damn, I’m trash — 6 for 24!” Edwards said to Karl-Anthony Towns. “Look at me! 2 for 10 (from 3-point range).”

Despite “trash” shooting, Edwards finished with 16 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, delivering when it mattered most for the team.

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KAT’s history in Minnesota is in the past

The Timberwolves have built around Edwards, the No. 1 pick in 2020, and Towns, the No. 1 pick in 2015. And while the franchise has reached a new high in 2024, Towns experienced plenty of lows throughout the early years of his time in Minnesota.

If you let Edwards tell it, those years don’t matter anymore.

Analysis of Rudy Gobert’s turnaround jumper

After retaking the lead early in the fourth quarter, the Timberwolves looked to create separation from the defending champs. One of the most crucial moments was a high-arcing turnaround jumper from Gobert that beat the shot clock and gave Minnesota a four-point lead with 7:43 remaining.

According to Edwards, that’s when he knew the game would go in their favor.

‘We’ve been losing for 20 years!’

In 2022, the Timberwolves were eliminated in six games in the first round. Last year, the team managed just one win in the opening round.

With Minnesota now four wins away from the first NBA Finals appearance in franchise history, Edwards and Towns had a hilarious response to the assertion that their team needs to “lose and lose big” before winning it all.

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Anthony Edwards taunts Jamal Murray

As his final act, Edwards exclaimed “I had Jamal in handcuffs!” while exiting Ball Arena. He also sprinkled in an ode to Bernie Mac’s character in the Academy Award-nominated film “Life.”

While Murray scored a game-high 35 points, he scored just seven points on 3-of-7 shooting when guarded by Edwards, according to NBA.com’s matchup data.

Thus concludes a series-long saga
between the stars, who engaged in a back-and-forth at the end of Denver’s Game 4. As two of the game’s fiercest competitors, it’s been rooted in respect but to the victor goes the spoils.

Jamal Murray Game 7 stats

Here’s a look at Edwards’ defensive impact on Denver’s star:

  vs. Anthony Edwards vs. Others
Points 7 28
FG-FGA 3-7 (42.9%) 10-20 (50.0%)
3P-3PA 1-4 (25.0%) 3-8 (37.5%)
Assists 2 1
Turnovers 3 1

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