By: Dan Slaubaugh
Happy Wednesday, Wolves fans.
The Wolves will face the Thunder tonight for the 3rd time in 15 days trying to snap a 9 game skid OKC currently holds against them.
If there's anything working for the Timberwolves tonight, it's that OKC went into overtime (they won) against the Knicks last night, so they will probably be tired.
There's really not much else to preview against this OKC team that I haven't already covered in recent weeks. You just have to hope you can slow down Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant by playing sound team defense all night.
For Minnesota, Kevin Garnett (knee) and Kevin Martin (wrist) are doubtful. They probably won't play. Heal up, KG. Kmart, take your time.
For Oklahoma City, Andre Roberson (one of their best perimeter defenders) is out, which will probably force Billy Donovan to play Dion Waiters big minutes.
Tipoff is set for 7:10 pm CST. You can catch the game on Fox Sports North and 830 WCCO Radio.
3 Wolves selected to BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge
This afternoon, the NBA announced rosters for the BBVA CompassRising Stars Challenge, and not surprisingly, Zach Lavine, Andrew Wiggins, and Karl-Anthony Towns were selected to participate.
Andrew Wiggins, sophomore, is 15th in the league in scoring with 20.8ppg. He's finished with 30pts or more in 5 games this season and 20pts or more in 25 games this season. He's been the Wolves best player over the past couple weeks. Let's hope Wiggins takes the next step next season and gets a chance to participate in the game on Sunday.
Zach Lavine, sophomore, has had his ups and downs. He's one of the more exciting 2nd year players in this league, and has had a select amount of games where he has pieced everything together, exhibiting growth and development. Lavine is averaging 12ppg, 3.1rpg, and 3.8apg. Lavine tied Wiggins for a game high 22 points in the game last season.
Karl-Anthony Towns, freshman, has been spectacular. Towns is the frontrunner in this ROY race leading all rookies in rebounds (9.7), blocks (1.8), and double-doubles (22). He's 2nd among rookies in scoring (16.1ppg), free throw percentage (85.4%), and minutes (29.3). There's not enough to say about what this young man has accomplished this season. He's going to be an all-star next year. Write it down.
Andy Greder (Pioneer Press) published an article today about how the Timberwolves' poor attendance is about more than losses. I agree.
I believe Flash Seats is a major part of it. They have to sell the tickets at a ridiculously high price to make any sort of revenue. So yeah, you're paying a ton of money to watch a (14-32) basketball team.
That's all I have to say about that.
Here's the link to the article: http://www.twincities.com/2016/01/27/timberwolves-poor-attendance-about-more-than-losses/
After a recent 1-14 stretch, the Wolves have gone 2-3 in their past 5 games. Why? Improved play from the youth. Towns, Wiggins, Lavine, and Muhammad have stepped their game up a notch and it's been fun to watch. Two out of the three losses were against Dallas and Cleveland, and Minnesota fought valiantly taking both teams down to the wire. Let's hope they can build upon their improved play tonight vs OKC.
That is all.
Prediction: Wolves win 111-106. OKC runs out of gas in 4Q with tired legs from last night's OT win.
Thanks for reading. Enjoy the game. Go Wolves.