For the third time this season and for the second time in two weeks, the Timberwolves will be playing the Los Angeles Clippers Wednesday night. The game begins a much needed, six game home stretch for the Pups as they look to right the ship that sails into the second half of the season.
The good news: it looks like Rick Adelman will be returning to the sidelines for the Pups! The team was 2-9 during his extended absence in January to be with his ailing wife. Let’s just say that it is good to have Coach Adelman on the sidelines.
Bonus good news: Pekovic and Shved returned to practice this week and may be available to start this stretch of home games! Please cross your fingers.
The bad news: The Wolves have been beaten by the Clippers in each of their meetings this season, with the latter game on 1/17 being a complete dress-down for the Pups. The only reason that game was remotely close (90-77) is because the Clippers looked like they took a few minutes off from time to time.
Player to watch:
Ricky Rubio – Rubio had his best performance of the season on Saturday night in Charlotte, finishing a game high +23 for the evening with 14 points, 8 assists, and 5 steals. Let’s build on this! Hopefully, Ricky is becoming more comfortable with his legs and his teammates so that we can start to see more of these types of performances much more frequently. (Side note: the team desperately needs them.)
Match-up to watch:
Andrei Kirilenko vs. Caron Butler. Without knowing who is in and who is out at the time of writing (Monday night) here is the match-up to watch. Caron had a miserable performance against the Wolves back on 11/28, going 1-8 from the field for 2 points. However, Andrei missed that game due to injury. Two weeks ago Butler fared a little bit better with 12 points and putting in a few rebounds and assists going against AK47. That said, Kirilenko got the better of him, finishing the game with 15 points on 7-12 shooting and adding in 5 rebounds and 4 steals.
With the return of Coach Adelman and the extended break between games, I say the Pups take Wednesday night’s game at home against the Clippers!
Final score prediction: Twolves 104, Clippers 97
Three stars of the game predictions:
- Ricky Rubio
- Andrei Kirilenko
- Blake Griffin
Let’s go Wolves!