The Minnesota Timberwolves were expected to be a part of the Trade Deadline Frenzy, but for the first time since the beginning of the 'Kahn Era' the Wolves didn't make a trade at the deadline.
His previous two years were: 1st Year a trade for Darko Milicic & 2nd Year a trade for Anthony Randolph. There was obviously a lot of discussion about Minnesota acquiring Jamal Crawford from Portland, but the Blazers reportedly wanted Minnesota to include Luke Ridnour and Kahn/Adelman wasn't willing to part with him (thank goodness). That also means Michael Beasley will remain in Minnesota (also okay with that, I still hope Adelman can get him to his potential).
Michael Beasley is listed as questionable for tonight's game with a sore toe he suffered in the win over the Phoenix Suns. Likely a gametime decision.
On to the Jazz vs. TWolves. I'm going to keep this a bit shorter that usual as I'm still actively following Twitter for the trade updates.
The Jazz are currently 20-22 on the season while the TWolves have stayed ahead of them since their last meeting (just before all-star break) at 22-21. That last meeting was the last game before All-Star Weekend and if you recall that one was won on a floater from Luke Ridnour at the buzzer.
The Jazz didn't make a deadline deal either as there was some speculation that they could move Josh Howard.
While other teams such as and most importantly the Portland Trailblazers completely 'blew it up'. They traded away Gerald Wallace & Marcus Camby and got in return Jonny Flynn, Hasheem Thabeet, a 2nd round pick from Houston (via Minnesota), Mehmet Okur, Shawne Williams & New Jersey's top-3 protected 1st round pick. Shortly thereafter they fired head coach Nate McMillan. I think it's safe to say Portland is out of the playoff picture.
Utah will likely match up Harris-Ridnour, Bell-Webster, Howard-Johnson, Millsap-Love, Jefferson-Pekovic. The only change being Bell in place of Gordon Hayward who has since been coming off the bench in a sixth man role.
Utah's last game was yesterday vs. the Phoenix Suns--which resulted in a 120-111 loss for the Jazz. Millsap & Jefferson both had 18 in the loss, Favors added 14 & Hayward with 13.
Minnesota is 6-4 in it's last 10 games while the Jazz are 5-5. The Wolves are also 10-9 on the road, while Utah is 15-6 at home. The Jazz have won four straight at home vs. the Timberwolves as Minnesota will look to snap that with a win tonight as they continue their quest for a playoff berth.
AccuScore has Utah as the 59-41 favorites in this matchup, Utah by 2.5, O/U: 203.0.
I'm definitely glad Minnesota didn't make a deal at the deadline. There's no question, they were active in talks, but it's reassuring that Kahn didn't make a move for the sake of making a move and that he didn't allow teams to try and take too much. What do you think Wolves fans? Did Minnesota do the right thing by standing pat at the deadline or do you feel they should've made a deal? Let's discuss in the comments section!
That's all for now, tipoff is set for 8pmCT and a full gameday recap can be found here following the final horn. I apologize for the rushed preview, but I'm still following the deals that went through at the deadline.
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