MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — You could feel it at practice when the Minnesota Wolves returned home this week. This post-season thing intensifies.

“The big thing is you go game to game. And you know, the biggest thing is the aggressiveness, and that was, I thought, Chris Paul’s biggest adjustment,” said Head Coach Tom Thibodeau. “It’s playoff basketball, and that’s, you got to play for 48 minutes, there’s a physicality to it.”

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Saturday night is about defending James Harden, because it’s always about defending James Harden.

Andrew Wiggins (credit: CBS)

“He’s always in attack mode, you know, and he can just do a lot,” said Timberwolves small forward Andrew Wiggins. “It can go both ways. Great shooter, you know, great, crazy, crazy on shot, and … in the paint, you don’t know what he’s going to do.”

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The irony so far is that the Wolves have been better on defense than on offense.

“We never dealt with a struggle, really, offensively, so it’s a little different for us,” said Wolves point guard Jeff Teague. “But I mean, I think our defense has been good enough to win games, but … our offense hasn’t, but you got to make shots.”

Because this time it is different — it’s the playoffs.

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“We finish one game out of the fourth spot, I’m proud of what they’ve done, and now our challenge is to win this next game,” Thibodeau said.