Anthony Edwards Reveals What Has Made Him Effective on Back-to-Backs

The Minnesota Timberwolves are currently the eighth seed in the Western Conference. They have won three in a row and are 6-4 in their last ten. Despite missing Karl Anthony Towns they have done pretty well in adjusting to keep them afloat. A big reason for that is how well Anthony Edwards has played, and he reveals what makes him effective in back-to-backs this season. 

Edwards had an interesting start to the season after the Timberwolves acquired Rudy Gobert. He complained about the lack of spacing which led to inconsistencies in his scoring and effectiveness. When Towns went down with an injury, it put Edwards as the focal point to produce for the team. Lately, he has been doing well, and in the most recent string of back-to-back games Edwards has stepped up and the team won both games.

Like most players, Edwards prepares for games as usual and it could take a toll at times. However, he recently revealed that his approach has been different this season on back-to-back games. Simply put, he credits sleep as the biggest factor in his effectiveness, and adds "getting into bed earlier" is the "main thing."

Last night against the Mavericks, Edwards put up a stat line of 27 points, 13 rebounds and 9 assists. On Sunday night against the Bulls, he put up 37 points, 7 rebounds, and 11 assists. The amazing thing is that Minnesota has outscored their opponents 266-232 between the two games. 

The most recent string of great performances by Edwards has also changed his demeanor. Teammate Naz Reid noticed that Edwards is the "happiest I've seen him in a while." Also, Reid thinks that it has a "domino effect, and it trickles down to the next person." 

The Timberwolves started the season at 10-10, and have been able to get over .500. Minnesota ended last year in the 7th seed and hopes to improve on that and go deeper into the playoffs. If all it takes is sleep for their star player, then maybe the whole team should implement the strategy. They face the Mavericks once again tomorrow night and look to increase their winning streak to four in a row. 

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