By: Dan Slaubaugh
Happy Saturday, Wolves fans.
Tonight, the Wolves (0-1) are in Sacramento for a matchup against the Kings (1-1).
The Kings have had a pretty strong start to their season. They defeated the Phoenix Suns 113-94 on Opening Night, then fell to the Spurs 102-94 on Thursday despite a strong effort from Demarcus Cousins, who poured in 37 points and 16 rebounds while finishing 3-5 beyond the arc.
The Wolves are coming off of a 102-98 loss against the Memphis Grizzlies on Opening Night that saw way to many missed free throws and Thibs' defense getting killed behind the arc. It was kind of a weird game. Not often will you see Karl-Anthony Towns go scoreless two out of the four quarters in a basketball game.
The Wolves look to rebound tonight at the brand new Golden 1 Center in Sacramento.
What: Wolves @ Kings
When: 9:30pm CT
Where: Golden 1 Center - Sacramento, California.
Where to watch: Fox Sports North
Where to listen: 830 WCCO Radio
What to watch for:
Towns-Cousins: Two of the best big men in the NBA will match up in SacTown tonight. The former Kentucky bigs are a threat from anywhere on the floor, having the ability to face you up on the perimeter and back you down in the post. Both are prototypical modern NBA bigs, possessing solid handles and passing instincts like guards. Tonight should be a treat to watch for all basketball fans, especially since Cousins missed three out of the four games against Minnesota last season because of injury problems.
Joerger on a mission: A big reason Dave Joerger was brought in by Sacramento was to help fix the Kings defensive problems. Through two games, they've looked pretty sound on that end rotating better and giving maximum effort. Sound familiar? Yep. Thibodeau and Joerger have both sparked improvement on the defensive side of the ball, and hope to see it continue tonight.
Wolves bench: For the most part, the Wolves bench was a non-factor in Wednesday night's lost to Memphis. Kris Dunn looked pretty good, leading the bench with eight points. However, Rush, Muhammad, and Bjelica only combined to score five points. Simply, at least two out of those three need to contribute every night or the Wolves starters will have a large task of making up deficits the bench has created.
In four games against the Kings last season, Towns averaged 16.3 points and 9.3 rebounds.
Cousins is averaging 30.5 points and 11 rebounds through two games this season.
This will be the Kings third game in the last four days.
The Wolves bench comes to play and Sacramento runs out of gas in the fourth quarter.
Wolves win 105-97. Bjelica hits two three pointers, finishes with 11 points. Towns and Cousins combine for 55+ points.
Thanks for reading. Enjoy the game. Go Wolves.