The Portland Trail Blazers (38-38) visit the Minnesota Timberwolves (30-45) Monday night at the Target Center.
Here are the details:
What: Blazers at Timberwolves, 4 p.m.
TV channel: CSN (Comcast/Xfinity channel 37, or 737 for HD) and NBA TV
Online: Watch a live stream on NBA League Pass (subscription required, not available locally and blacked out for nationally televised games)
Listen: Radio on KPOJ 620 AM, KKRZ 102.3 FM in Portland area.
About the Blazers: Portland defeated the Phoenix Suns, 130-117, Saturday night at the Moda Center, stretching its season-best winning streak to six games. Damian Lillard scored 31 points to go with seven assists and five rebounds, CJ McCollum added 29 points, seven assists and five rebounds and Evan Turner had his highest scoring game since returning from a fractured right hand, finishing with 18 points.
It was the Blazers’ first game since losing center Jusuf Nurkic for at least the rest of the regular season after he suffered a non-displacement fibular fracture in his right leg. Meyers Leonard started at center and the Blazers rolled out plenty of smaller lineups with Noah Vonleh and Al-Farouq Aminu both seeing extended minutes at center.
The win over Phoenix moved Portland to .500 for the first time since the team was 12-12 on Dec. 9. The Blazers are two and a half games ahead of the Denver Nuggets (35-40) for the eighth seed in the Western Conference Playoffs and own the tiebreaker over Denver with six games remaining in the regular season.
This is the third of four meetings between the Blazers and Timberwolves and a makeup date for the game that was rescheduled from March 6 when the game was postponed due to condensation on the Target Center court.
The Blazers have won the first two games against the Timberwolves this season, including a 112-100 win at the Moda Center on March 25. In that game, the Blazers shot 62.5 percent from the field, Portland’s best single-game shooting percentage since March of 2003, and the third-best shooting game by any team this season.
About the Timberwolves: Minnesota is coming off a 123-117 home loss to the Sacramento Kings on Monday. Andrew Wiggins had 32 points and Karl-Anthony Towns added 26 points and 11 rebounds in a game that officially eliminated the Timberwolves from playoff contention.
When this game was initially scheduled to be played on March 6, the Timberwolves were playing their best basketball of the season. They had won four of six games and one of those losses came in overtime against the San Antonio Spurs. A month later and the Timberwolves are struggling, losing nine of their last 11 games and falling out to the playoff race in the final week of the season.
However, Minnesota remains a dangerous offensive team. Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins are one of the best scoring duos in the league and point guard Ricky Rubio is playing the best basketball of his career over the past month.
Minnesota ranks 10th in the league in offensive efficiency, scoring 108.0 points per 100 possessions, but they are 25th in defensive efficiency, allowing 108.5 points per 100 possessions.
Injuries: For the Blazers, Jusuf Nurkic (fibular fracture, right leg), Ed Davis (torn labrum, left shoulder) and Festus Ezeli (left knee rehab) are out. For Minnesota, Nemanja Bjelica: (fractured left foot), Zach LaVine (torn ACL, left knee) and Nikola Pekovic (right ankle pain) are out.
Blazers (38-38) vs. Timberwolves (30-45)
4 p.m. Monday at Target Center
CSN and NBA TV; radio on KPOJ (620)
|9||Ricky Rubio||6-4||PG||10.5 ppg, 8.9 apg|
|4||Brandon Rush||6-6||G||4.0 ppg, 2.1 apg|
|22||Andrew Wiggins||6-8||SF||23.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg|
|5||Gorgui Dieng||6-11||PF||10.0 ppg, 7.8 rpg|
|32||Karl-Anthony Towns||7-0||C||24.6 ppg, 12.1 rpg|
|0||Damian Lillard||6-3||PG||26.8 ppg, 5.9 apg, 4.9 rpg|
|3||CJ McCollum||6-3||SG||23.2 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.5 apg|
|4||Moe Harkless||6-9||SF||10.1 ppg, 4.5 rpg|
|21||Noah Vonleh||6-9||PF||4.1 ppg, 4.9 rpg|
|11||Meyers Leonard||7-1||C||5.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg|
— Mike Richman