Edwards is aggressive as Timberwolves wrap preseason with loss in Brooklyn

The Timberwolves’ hopes for a perfect preseason came crashing down Thursday in Brooklyn, as Minnesota fell 107-101 to the Nets.

OK, so it wasn’t that dramatic.

Yes, the Wolves played their four preseason games to win, but coach Chris Finch had all reserves on the floor late — as is to be expected at the end of any preseason contest.

More important than any win or loss, the Timberwolves — who wrapped the exhibition slate at 3-1 — got through the preseason relatively unscathed injury-wise. D’Angelo Russell missed Thursday’s game for rest purposes, and Josh Okogie (right ankle soreness) and Jordan McLaughlin (right groin strain) were out with injuries, but Minnesota avoided any serious injuries.

So now it’s on to the games that count, starting Wednesday at home against Houston.

Here are takeaways from the Timberwolves’ final preseason contest:

Edwards attacks: If Russell misses time, Anthony Edwards’ usage will skyrocket. At least that’s what Thursday’s game suggested.

Without Russell in the lineup, Edwards was in attack mode from the outset. He was clearly Minnesota’s go-to option and offensive initiator. The second-year standout finished with 23 points on 9-for-22 shooting. It was a drastic increase in offensive volume versus the Timberwolves’ first three preseason games.

“I was going into tonight thinking like ‘Get ready for the first game of the season, be prepared,’ ” Edwards said. “I told (Taurean Prince) I was going to get my game back, get myself back.…

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