Minnesota Timberwolves

Scouting Report | Wolves vs. Spurs

Mitchell Hansen
Web Editorial Associate
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8:30 p.m., Target Center
Where to Watch: Fox Sports North, ESPN
Where to Listen: 830 WCCO

The Minnesota Timberwolves look to get back on track when they host the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night at Target Center.

The game will be a late 8:30 p.m. tipoff due to it being the second game of a nationally televised doubleheader on ESPN.

The Wolves come into the game at 28-41 overall and are in 12th place in the Western Conference. The Spurs enter at 53-16 overall, good enough for second in the Western Conference.

A few tidbits entering Tuesday’s game:

  • If Minnesota wins, it will already tie last year’s win total of 29 wins.
  • The Wolves have won four straight games in front of their hometown Target Center crowd entering Tuesday.
  • The Spurs are an NBA-best 27-9 on the road this season.

Coming Off Of…

Minnesota is coming off a 123-109 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday in New Orleans.

Karl-Anthony Towns had 33 points and six rebounds to lead the Wolves. Andrew Wiggins had 25 points, Shabazz Muhammad had 20 points and six rebounds, Ricky Rubio had 10 points and 14 assists, Gorgui Dieng had nine points and 10 rebounds and Brandon Rush added six points, three rebounds and three assists.

San Antonio is coming off of a 118-102 win over the Sacramento Kings on Sunday in San Antonio.

Pau Gasol had 22 points and nine rebounds and LaMarcus Aldridge had 18 points and eight rebounds to lead the Spurs. Tony Parker had 16 points and seven assists, Kawhi Leonard had 12 points, David Lee had 11 points and seven rebounds and Patty Mills and Jonathon Simmons had 10 points each.

Last Matchup

The Spurs hold a 3-0 season series advantage over the Wolves this season. The last matchup came on March 4 in San Antonio, where the Spurs came away with a 97-90 overtime win.

In that game, Towns had 24 points and 14 rebounds, Rubio had a triple-double of 11 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists, Wiggins had 17 points and four rebounds, Dieng had 13 points, 11 rebounds and four assists and Nemanja Bjelica had 12 points, three rebounds and three assists off the bench for Minnesota.

For San Antonio, Leonard had 34 points, 10 rebounds, six steals and five rebounds. Aldridge had 18 points and 10 rebounds and Gasol added 17 points and eight rebounds off the bench.

Tuesday’s game will be the fourth and final time these two teams will face off against each other this season.

Key Matchup: Andrew Wiggins vs. Kawhi Leonard

A matchup that has been one to watch all season for these two teams has been between Minnesota’s Andrew Wiggins and San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard.

In the three games between the Wolves and Spurs this season, Leonard has shown off why some are pushing for his name to become more involved in the MVP talks.

In those three game against Wiggins and the Wolves, Leonard has averaged 33 points, six rebounds, 4.7 assists and three steals per game. Wiggins has averaged 12.7 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists a game.

Leonard, in his sixth NBA season, is averaging a career-best 26.1 points, 5.9 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.8 steals per game.

Wiggins is having himself another nice year in his third NBA season. Through 69 games this year, he is averaging a career-best 23 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists and one steal a game.

Injuries

San Antonio: Dejounte Murray (groin) is out.

Minnesota: Bjelica (ankle), Zach LaVine (knee) and Nikola Pekovic (ankle) are out.

Projected Starters

San Antonio: PG – Parker, SG – Green, SF – Leonard, PF – Aldridge, C – Dedmon

 PG – Rubio, SG – Rush, SF – Wiggins, PF – Dieng, C – Towns

 

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