Live from Timberwolves-Nuggets Game 4

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The Timberwolves and Denver play Game 4 of their NBA Western Conference playoff series tonight at Target Center, with the Wolves entering the contest with a 2-1 lead. Staff writer Chris Hine files this live report:

5:30pm: 2 to 3 layoffs left Wolves “feeling fat and lazy”

After Game 3, Wolves coach Chris Finch said the team may have been distracted at home all week prior to Friday. Before Game 4, Finch was asked what kind of distractions the team might face that week.

“Do you like it when your family is around all the time?” Finch said with a laugh.

He noted that many players had children during the offseason and each had to deal with “life stuff” and being on the road.

“When you’re on the road, it’s kind of a bunker mentality,” Finch said. “The day is painted for you. That’s what we do every minute. A house, it’s a little different. You have to be a pro and be able to handle it.”

Finch said the break between Games 2 and 3 allowed the Wolves to hear the accolades they were receiving after their Game 2 blowout victory.

“The long layoff definitely made us feel fat and lazy and everyone was telling us how well we played,” Finch said. “They came out and did an unbelievable job, setting the tone for us. We didn’t really respond and they got our attention. So now it’s up to us to turn it around tonight.”

Morning Shootaround: “I flushed it down the toilet”

Sunday is a new day and Game 4 is a new game, so Timberwolves guard Nickail Alexander-Walker said he doesn’t look back on Game 3’s lopsided 107-90 loss and Denver’s late-game collision on three-time MVP Nikola Jokic. In the game.

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His exit from that scrimmage was a technical foul, and an upset Jokic wasn’t called for a foul for a slant screen set on him near the three-point line. Alexander-Walker’s teammate Kyle Anderson also received a technical to argue.

Down the court, Alexander-Walker made his way to the seated fans, where he remained briefly in pain. He eventually walked off the court and into the tunnel with less than six minutes left and his team trailing by 20-something points.

“To be honest, I flushed it down the toilet,” Walker-Alexander said of both the game and the play during Sunday’s Game 4 shootaround. “I didn’t see it [Jokic’s screen again] Again. We know what it is. We spoke together. What do we need to do to be better? We don’t want to live by emotions or whatever. Pay attention.”

Alexander-Walker was not listed on the Wolves’ injury report for Game 4.

“I feel great,” he said Sunday morning.

Wolves senior point guard Mike Conley was asked Sunday morning how much such incidents and emotions would carry over into the next game or the playoffs.

“For some,” Conley said. “I know about Nickell, maybe that will happen. He might run some screens on purpose tonight. You never know. It’s a physical game. We know that. We all get him with those screens. We all give people those screens. . He’ll be ready to play, just like us. I know that.”

The Wolves lost consecutive games just four times during the regular season and went three straight. They are 10-0 after double-digit losses, including the playoff opener in Phoenix. They were 6-0 in the playoffs until Friday’s skid. They are 2-1 in this best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal series.

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“I expect the same response they gave us last game,” Conley said. “Come out with a sense of urgency, a little bit of anger, passion, all that stuff. Guys don’t like to lose, especially like we did at home. It was awkward going out there, but guys. I’ll be ready to go.”

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