Anthony Edwards Fed Up With ‘Cheatin A** Refs’, Welcomes Future Fine

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Anthony Edwards guided the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 107-101 triumph over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday night, securing the top seed in the Western Conference. This victory served as redemption for the Timberwolves who lost to the Thunder 102-97 on January 20.

Anthony Edwards big mad at “cheatin a** refs”

Despite scoring a team-high 27 points in the win, Edwards only had one subject on his mind after. While shaking hands and dapping up teammates, a camera caught Ant complaining to (or at least near) a camera about them “cheatin’ ass refs”.

Then, in his on-court postgame interview, Anthony Edwards was asked how the Wolves managed to take down the other top team in the Western Conference, on the road. Edwards reacted in disbelief at how he and his teammates accomplished such a feat, given how bad the refs were.

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Ant knew he was going to get fined, and said as much, but didn’t care. Than, he extended gratitude to his coaches and teammates for their support in securing such an impossible win.

Reporter: “Ant, tonight it was the battle amongst the best in the west, you guys take sole position of number in the west, how did you get it done in this environment?”

Edwards: “I don’t know, I don’t know and ima take the fine cause the refs did not give us no calls tonight, we had to play through every bump, every grab, I don’t know, I don’t know how we won tonight, big shout to my team and my coaches for sure.”

Were the refs that bad?

Was the officiating that bad? Minnesota received 19 fouls compared to the Thunder’s 17, but Oklahoma City had 22 free throw attempts, vs just 15 for Minnesota. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, alone, shot more free throws on the night that the Wolves (15).

Edwards guarded SGA in and out for much of the night and Shai took the responsibility of guarding him a lot too. Both guys consider themselves elite perimeter defenders. So, the disparity between the 16 free throws Gilgeous-Alexander shot, compared to Ant’s four (he made all four), explains his frustrations postgame.

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Nonetheless, the 22-year-old former Georgia Bulldog led the Wolves with 27 points, in addition to contributing 4 assists and 4 rebounds. This picture below tells you just about everything you need to know, too. There was no foul called on this dunk.

The last time Anthony Edwards complained about the refs was after these two teams met, not even two weeks ago. Again, the subject was SGA, who Ant said is impossible to guard because he gets all the calls. Of which, Shai responded with a backhanded shot at Edwards, via instagram.

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