The Charlotte Bobcats were unable to get keyed up for a game against the best team in the league their last time out. Now they'll try to bounce back when they host one of the league's worst.

The Bobcats try to put a disappointing performance behind them on Tuesday as they look to sweep a season series with the Minnesota Timberwolves for the first time.

One day after an impressive 105-100 win over playoff-bound Toronto, the Bobcats (29-48) were officially eliminated from postseason contention with a 101-78 loss to Boston on Saturday.

Although the Celtics didn't play stars Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, Charlotte never threatened and fell behind by as many as 14 points in the first quarter.

"Finding out those guys weren't playing could have been a little bit of a letdown," Bobcats coach Sam Vincent said of Boston's Big Three.

Charlotte tries to rebound against the Timberwolves (19-57), owners of the Western Conference's second-worst record.

The Bobcats defeated Minnesota 109-89 on March 4, and have never swept the season series in the franchise's four-year history.

Jason Richardson, who leads Charlotte with 21.3 points per game, scored 25 against the Timberwolves last month, but is coming off a rough outing. Richardson had nine points on 4-of-12 shooting - 1-of-7 from 3-point range - against Boston after averaging 27.5 points in his previous six games while shooting 41.8 percent (23-of-55) from beyond the arc.

Bobcats center Emeka Okafor finished with a team-high 17 points on Sunday, and has been much more involved in the offense lately. He's averaging 18.0 points on 65.4 percent shooting in his last seven games after averaging just 5.0 points in his previous four contests.

Okafor had 19 points on 7-of-9 shooting and 11 rebounds against the Timberwolves last month. He has recorded a double-double in all six games he's played versus Minnesota.

The Timberwolves fell to Memphis 113-101 on Sunday, and have lost four straight and six of seven.

Minnesota fell behind 21-8 eight minutes into the game, connecting on just 3-of-13 shots.

"It almost looked like we came out to play this game to get it over with," Wolves coach Randy Wittman said.

"These are tough circumstances when you're winding the season down and there's nothing to play for."

Minnesota's Al Jefferson is averaging team highs of 20.9 points and 11.2 rebounds, but attempted just one shot in the first half against the Grizzlies and finished with 18 points and eight boards.

Jefferson had 18 points and 11 rebounds versus the Bobcats last month, and is averaging 20.7 points and 10.7 boards in his last three games against them.

The Timberwolves, who have lost six straight road games by an average of 15.7 points, play four of their final six games away from the Target Center.


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