Setting the stage:
The Minnesota Timberwolves are trying to turn the corner and come into the final week before All-Star Weekend with a three game winning streak. With a 11-40 record, the Wolves are staring down ping pong balls and not much more but they are playing well within the past week. The Wolves have two more games ahead of All-Star Weekend and while both are at home, they may be the toughest two opponents in the league. The Atlanta Hawks and Golden State Warriors are this week’s match-ups and should provide the Wolves’ faithful a glimpse of solid fundamentals and exciting team basketball.
Here is a quick preview for both games:
Game 52: Monday, 2/9, 7pm – Atlanta Hawks @ Timberpups (TV: FSN Plus)
Owners of one of the longer winning streaks you will find in recent NBA history (19 games) the Hawks look to enter the All-Star break with the best record in the Eastern Conference and, potentially the entire NBA. Atlanta beat the Pups back on 1/25, 112-100. All five starters scored in double figures for the Hawks in that affair, as they shot 56% from the field.
While the Wolves were without Ricky Rubio and Kevin Martin for that game, it will be tough to beat one of the league’s strongest team defenses and best overall teams.
Opponent to watch:
Al Horford – One of the league’s best big men, Horford had 19 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists in the game against Minnesota, shooting 8-9 from the field in 31 minutes. As Nikola Pekovic continues to round into form, he will need to use his muscle and punish Horford on both end of the floor.
Game 53: Wednesday, 2/11, 7pm – Golden State Warriors @ Timberpups (TV: FS North)
The most exciting team to watch in the NBA frequents the Target Center just ahead of All-Star Weekend. The Warriors put up over 110 points per game on average and this game could lead to a 240 points plus combined. Don’t miss this game if you like offense!
Opponent to watch:
Stephen Curry – Are we beyond the statute of limitations on “what could have been?!” here? I can’t decide. Curry has been lights out this season, leading the team in points, assists, and steals. I hate to even say it, but most importantly, Curry hasn’t missed a game all season.
A short, but very tough week for our Pups. Hopefully everyone can stay healthy and get the necessary rest and relaxation during the All-Star break so that the team can come back with a positive attitude and finish the season on some type of strong note. Let’s go Wolves!