The Minnesota Timberwolves are hoping that returning home, facing the Denver Nuggets will be enough to perhaps get them back on track following the longest road trip in franchise history that spanned 7 games and saw Minnesota travel over 5,000 miles, but return back home to the Twin Cities with a 2-5 record over that time (wins over Phoenix & Golden State).
Rick Adelman is hoping that he can prevent another Timberwolves late-season collapse that we as TWolves fans know all to well! Last season the Wolves finished the season on a 15-game losing streak and the year before that, they went 1-23 in their last 24 games! The difference this season? Rick Adelman vs. Kurt Rambis! Enough said!
The Denver Nuggets are looking for another W over the TWolves, a win tonight for Denver would be the 18th win in 19 meetings vs. Minnesota.
The TWolves are coming off that final game of the road trip that saw Kevin Love score a franchise record 51 points and J.J. Barea with a triple-double, but Minnesota fell to the Thunder in double overtime in what is being pegged as an 'instant classic'. Kevin Durant scored 40 & Westbrook added 45 as the Thunder pulled away in that second overtime for the W.
The Nuggets are coming off a loss on Friday night, as well. The Utah Jazz downed Denver 102-121. Al Harrington had 20pts & 10reb off the bench, Kenneth Faried added 16pts & 8reb, Arron Afflalo & Andre Miller both added 14pts apiece. The Jazz out-muscled Denver around the bucket and locked down on the defensively. With the Jazz winning that game there's now a three-way tie at the bottom of the Western Conference for the 7th seed between Utah, Denver & Houston. Those tiebreakers will be 'broken' by who won the season series' between the clubs (if the playoffs started today).
Let's take a look at who won't be available for Sunday's game...
Here's your likely starting lineups: Ridnour--Ty Lawson, Webster--Corey Brewer or Jordan Hamilton, Johnson--Wilson Chandler, Love or Williams--Kenneth Faried, Pekovic or Love--Timofey Mozgov.
Either Brewer or Hamilton will likely get the start at shooting guard, because during Friday's game vs. Utah Afflalo was called for a flagrant foul and was ejected--he now faces a one-game suspension. Wilson Chandler finally resigned with the team after his stint in China and has been inserted into the starting lineup because of Danilo's injury. Because, we don't know if Pek will be able to play, we may see that Williams-Love frontcourt, once again. Adelman may even consider starting Tolliver (who's been playing very well as of late) and have D-Will come off the bench.
FINAL NOTES: The Nuggets traded away Nene to the Washington Wizards and acquired young athletic center JaVale McGee in return. In the Nuggets' last game, McGee played 28 minutes off the bench and had 11pts, 6reb & 2blks........
PROJECTED FINAL OUTCOME: Denver 98, Minnesota 105
TIPOFF: The game will be tipping off at 2:30pmCT, Sunday March 25th from the Target Center.
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Cody D. Anderson
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