The 31-31 Minnesota Timberwolves will play host to the 13-50 Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night at the Target Center. This is the second of two meetings this season.
The Wolves took the first meeting 117-95 in Milwaukee. They entered that night (12/28) fresh off a win the night before vs. the Washington Wizards. Their win in Milwaukee got them back at .500 on the season at 15-15.
At that time, the Bucks were suffering through a number of different injuries to key players and the Wolves certainly took advantage of that (just as many teams did to the Wolves a year ago). The Bruise Brothers both finished with double-doubles; Love led the team with 33 points, 15 rebounds & 6 assists, while Pek added 18 points & 11 rebounds. Martin also had a nice game finishing with 20 points and 4 three-pointers.
Minnesota earned that win in Milwaukee with their three-point shooting (11-24) and forcing turnovers 20 for 25 MIN points.
Here's the full recap of that game if you're interested: TWolves Back to .500 w/117-95 Win over Bucks.
The Wolves aren't technically eliminated from the playoffs, however with the way they've been playing, coupled with the recent surges from the Mavericks and the Grizzlies, it seems as though they're going to have a tough time ending this decade-long playoff drought.
That being said, the playoff hopes are still alive in the Wolves' players and in reality if they can rattle off a lengthy winning streak, they could find themselves in the thick of the race come early April.
Some Gameday notes on tonight's matchup....
The Wolves will be without Ronny Turiaf (knee) and A.J. Price (appendectomy). The Bucks will be without Carlos Delfino who is out for the season with a foot injury. Larry Sanders is out with an eye injury, but is targeting a late-March return. Ekpe Udoh will be a gametime decision with an ankle injury.
Tipoff is set for 7pmCST from the Target Center, enjoy!
Cody D. Anderson
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