What 2 Watch 4 - Trail Blazers Vs. Timberwolves



Wesley Matthews vs. Kevin Martin

Whether it’s defensive matchups, motivation or just pure coincidence, some players traditionally perform better against specific opponents than others. Given their histories, Wesley Matthews and Kevin Martin make the shooting guard position one to watch for on this night. In 16 career matchups with the Timberwolves, Matthews has averaged 17.1 points, his second-highest scoring average against any NBA team and more than three points above his career average. Minnesota was also the site of a career night for Matthews. On January 7, 2011, Portland’s Iron Man tallied a career-best 36 points while setting a new team record with seven 3-pointers in a single half. And Matthews has been shooting treys better than ever this season, when he ranks fourth in the league with 115 3-pointers made and is shooting a career-best 42.3% from behind the line. In the case of Martin, Minnesota’s sharpshooter may be new to his Timberwolves uniform this year, but he’s no stranger to playing against the Trail Blazers – and playing well. In 21 career contests against Portland, Martin has posted a 48.6% field goal mark, his best against all 30 NBA teams. And the NBA’s second-leading free throw shooter this season (90.5%) has averaged 17.8 points vs. Portland during his 10-year career.

Wesley Matthews

• Ranks fourth in the NBA in 3-pointers made (115) and 15th in 3-point percentage (42.3%)
• One of four NBA players shooting at least 47% FG, 42% 3-PT and 84% FT this year
• Averaged 17.1 points in 16 career games against the Timberwolves, including a career-high 36 points at Minnesota on Jan. 7, 2011

Kevin Martin

• Ranks second in the NBA in free throw percentage (90.5%) and tied for 17th in free throws made (181)
• Twice finished in the NBA’s top 10 players in scoring average (6th in 2007-08, 9th in 2010-11)
• His 48.6% FG in 21 career games against the Trail Blazers mark his best shooting percentage against any NBA opponent