The same could be said for their opponents Wednesday night, the Denver Nuggets.
Fittingly, it took until the last game and then some to get there.
Another 15 teams have already clinched playoff berths.
Not that Denver made it easy. Gibson forced a desperation 3-point attempt that he blocked and stole with 1.6 seconds left.
The Timberwolves led 62-54 at half-time as Towns and Butler each poured in 16 points in the first half. Jimmy Butler scored 31 points and Karl-Anthony Towns added 26 and 14 rebounds in 47 minutes for the Wolves, who will be the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference and play the Rockets Round 1. The Rockets don't allow teams to keep up with them, they simply humiliate them, by running up the score.
As it turns out, they needed him to play a lot since the game ended up going into overtime.
When the final horn blew, the capacity and white-towel-waving crowd at Target Center stood to soak in Minnesota's first postseason appearance since 2004. After the third, the deficit was down to five points, 86-81.
In the Nuggets' last possession of the game, Gibson stole the ball from Jokic and called a time-out with just 1.6 seconds left on the clock.
The Wizards (43-39) came into the game as the final seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs, and the loss prevented Washington from moving up. "They just made the plays at the end".
In the extra session, the Timberwolves kept Denver off the board for the final 2:28 while Jimmy Butler and Andrew Wiggins hit the free throws to seal it.
Gibson is 32, Butler 29 and Teague (17 points, game-high seven assists) is 29.
Anthony Tolliver had 18 points and Henry Ellenson added 14 points and 10 rebounds. He finished with only six points, but had a career-high 20 rebounds and 19 assists. But he didn't get much out of anyone else.
This means that in the four meetings with Minnesota, the Rockets have scored almost 18 more points per 100 possessions than their yearly average while posting a 4-0 record in the process. "There's a lot to be said for that".
The last time the Wolves were in the playoffs, "Shrek 2" was the top movie at the box office, "Yeah!" by Usher feat. "But some things you can't control".
The Timberwolves will make their first appearance in the play-offs since 2004 - ending what was the longest barren streak in the National Basketball Association.
Below is the schedule for Houston's First Round series vs. Minnesota (all games to be broadcast on either KBME 790 AM or KTRH 740 AM).