Timberpups Weekly Preview 2014 – Week 6

Wolves will face both 2012 Conference Champions this week!   (Photo credit: sportsillustrated.cnn.com)

Wolves will face both 2012 Conference Champions this week!
(Photo credit: sportsillustrated.cnn.com)

Setting the stage:

After two tough weeks of games with a number of back to back series, the Timberwolves enter Week 6 under the .500 mark with a 9-10 record.  They are looking at a pretty soft schedule this week … but only in terms of the number of games being played.  Why is that?  Our Timberpups will travel to Mexico City for a “home game” to take on the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday, 12/4, and then travel home to face the Miami Heat on 12/7.  Sounds like a fun week, right? 

Game 20: Wednesday, 12/4, 8:30pm – San Antonio Spurs @ Timberwolves (TV: FSN & NBA TV)

The 2012 Western Conference Champions get an “away” game in Mexico City.  In other words, a team from Texas gets an away game that could (should) have been in Minnesota, but instead is going to be played in Mexico.  As commissioner, Adam Silver must hire a VP of Common Sense as one of his first acts of power.  The Wolves and Spurs play each other three times this season, this game in Mexico City and two games in San Antonio.  This makes about as much sense as the NFL putting more games in London.  Wait, what?!

Depending on the outcome of Monday night’s game, the Spurs will go into the game against the Wolves with a 15-3 or 14-4 record.  In other words, they have picked up right where they left off last season.  They are in the top half of the league in terms of scoring at 101.9ppg but are continuing to make their mark on the other end of the floor, giving up only 91.6ppg – good for second in the league.

Opponent to watch:

Tony Parker – Parker is having a monster first two months of the season, leading the team in scoring, assists, and PER, and shooting over 50% from the field.  If only Ricky Rubio can turn his shooting percentages to anywhere close to this level.

Predictions:

The Spurs continue to chug along.  Final score: Spurs 102, Timberwolves 95

Game 21: Saturday, 12/7, 7pm – Miami Heat @ Timberwolves (TV: FS North)

The Pups will return home from their home game in Mexico City (?!?!) to face the two time defending champions.  This is your one chance per year to see the Heat in person at the Target Center and they have a few “name players” you might recognize.  Kevin Love has played his way into the MVP conversation, but that isn’t going to become a reality if the Wolves continue to flutter around the .500 mark.

The team is in first place in the Southeast division and looks as good as advertised, despite baffling losses to completely inferior opponents (Philly, Brooklyn, and Boston), i.e. they took the night off.

Opponent to watch:

LeBron James – LeBron leads his team in points, rebounds, and assists, and has a PER over 30 (at the time of writing).  Godspeed Corey Brewer and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute – who will only go as “LRMAM” moving forward in my write-ups.

Predictions:

Do I think the Wolves can win this game?  Yes.  Do I think it will take nothing less than an A performance from the squad?  Yes.  Do I think the Wolves have enough depth right now to pull this out?  No.  I expect a high-scoring, exciting game, but in the end – Final score: Heat 118, Timberwolves 110

Wrap-up:

After two weeks of tough scheduling, the Wolves don’t catch any breaks with having to fly to Mexico City for a home game and having to face both conference champions from last season.  Maybe we can get a split in these two games?  Let’s go Wolves!