Round: Western Conference Semifinals
Dates: May 4-May 19
Winner: Wolves, 4-3
Kevin Garnett was one of the league's greatest talents, but hadn't been out of the first round his entire career and was saddled with a somewhat unfair reputation. Though he'd carried the 'Wolves for years without help, his maturity and willingness to step up in the clutch were questioned.

However, once Sam Cassell and Latrell Sprewell arrived in the Twin Cities, Garnett's full potential was unleashed and the 'Wolves secured the West's top seed. The Sacramento Kings, in their last hurrah, looked to spoil the MVP's coronation by storming back from a 3-2 series deficit to force a seventh game, but Garnett wasn't having it and played the game of his life, with 32 points and 21 rebounds.