Thunder vs Timberwolves at Target Center NBA Live
7:00 p.m., Target Center
Where to Watch: Fox Sports North
The Wolves have dropped their last six games and sit at 12-26 overall, ranking 13th in the West. The Thunder are 26-12, sitting in third in the West.
A few tidbits going into Tuesday’s night game:In his last six games, Shabazz Muhammad is averaging 15.3 points per game.
Enes Kanter hasn’t started a game, but he’s averaging 11.4 points and 7.7 rebounds per game off the bench.
This is the last game of a four-game home stand for the Wolves. Minnesota is just 5-16 at the Target Center this season.
Coming Off Of…The Wolves are coming off of a 93-87 home loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday afternoon. Andrew Wiggins led the Wolves with 21 points to go with seven rebounds. Muhammad led the second unit with 16 points, shooting 5-for-10 from the field. Ricky Rubio had a nice all-around game, finishing with 12 points, eight assists, seven rebounds and three steals. Karl-Anthony Towns finished with 10 points.
The Thunder are coming off of a 115-110 road loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday night. Durant finished with a team-high 28 points while Westbrook finished with 25 points, 15 assists and nine rebounds. Steven Adams had a double-double as well, finishing with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Serge Ibaka and Andre Roberson scored 14 and 10 points, respectively.
Last MatchupThe Wolves were 0-4 against the Thunder last season with the last game coming on April 15 at the Target Center. The Thunder won 138-113 thanks to 37 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and two steals from Westbrook. Dion Waiters came out of nowhere and finished with 33 points, shooting 5-for-8 from the 3-point line. Kanter finished with 25 points and 15 rebounds – the team’s only double-double. Nick Collison led the second unit with 12 points.
Kevin Martin led the Wolves with 29 points, shooting 9-for-15 from the field. Wiggins added 23 points, while Zach LaVine added 19 points and 13 assists. Lorenzo Brown and Arinze Onuaku finished with 13 and 12 points-respectively.
Key Matchup: Ricky Rubio vs. Russell WestbrookRubio will have his hands full against an MVP point guard in Westbrook on Tuesday night. Rubio, known more for passing than scoring, is having a solid season statistically, averaging 9.7 points, 8.9 assists (career high and fifth in NBA), 4.7 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game (second in NBA).
Westbrook has picked up where he left off last season, averaging 25.5 points (sixth in NBA), 9.5 assists (fourth in NBA), seven rebounds and 2.4 steals per game (first in NBA).
The Wolves will need to play solid team defense in hopes to contain Westbrook and Durant. Obviously there’s no exact science to it, as not team has been able to stop the duo. The Wolves will have their work cut out for them.
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