Scouting Report: Wolves (11-12) at Grizzlies (10-12) | Dec. 15, 2013

Scouting Report: Wolves (11-12) at Grizzlies (10-12) | Dec. 15, 2013


Timberwolves at Grizzlies | 5:00 PM — FedEx Forum

Where to Watch: Fox Sports North

Where to Listen: 830 WCCO-AM

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Both teams look to tread water while waiting to get key players back.

The Grizzlies are waiting for center Marc Gasol to return from an MCL injury, while the Wolves are waiting to get back rotational guys Chase Budinger and Ronny Turiaf back.

With a win, the Wolves would move to 12-12, marking the second time in five days they would be back at .500. The Grizzlies are currently at 10-12 and are also on the outside looking in when in comes to the Western Conference playoffs.

Note that this game has an early 5 p.m. tipoff.

Last Meeting

The two teams last played on March 30 last season and the Grizzlies won 99-86 at the Target Center.

Memphis was led by Gasol, who finished with 21 points, eight rebounds, six assists and three blocks. Mike Conley scored 19 points while going 3-of-3 from the 3-point line. Zach Randolph added 14, while Darrell Arthur (now with Nuggets) had 15 points off the bench.

The Wolves were without Kevin Love and Nikola Pekovic. Ricky Rubio nearly had a triple-double for Minnesota, having a game-high 23 points to go with 10 rebounds, nine assists and a steal. Derrick Williams (now with Kings) had 19 points while filling in for Love. Greg Stiemsma (now with Pelicans) added 12 points as well.

This Week’s Results

The Wolves are coming off of a tough 117-110 loss on the road to the San Antonio Spurs. Love had a fantastic game for Minnesota, finishing with 42 points and 14 rebounds while shooting 15-of-27 from the field and 8-of-9 from the 3-point line. Pekovic had a double-double as well, scoring 18 points while hauling in 10 rebounds. Kevin Martin finished with 14 points, while Rubio added 15. The bench for Minnesota struggled, scoring just 12 points behind seven points from Alexey Shved and five from J.J. Barea.

Previous to that, the Wolves won two games against the Detroit Pistons and Philadelphia 76ers.

The Grizzlies lost on Friday night to the New Orleans Pelicans, 104-98.

Jon Leuer led all Memphis scorers with 19 points and eight rebounds off the bench. Mike Conley scored 18 points while Zach Randolph added 13. Ed Davis and Mike Miller had 12 and 10 points, respectively off the bench.

The Grizzlies lost to Oklahoma City on Wednesday night after beating the Orlando Magic on Monday.

What To Watch: Ricky Rubio vs. Mike Conley

These are two of the quickest guards in the NBA. Conley has been forced to become more of a scorer for the Grizzlies with the injury to Gasol. This season Conley is averaging 17.7 points and 6.4 assists per game.

Rubio has been hot as of late, averaging 17.0 points, on 44.1% shooting, 8.0 assists and 3.0 steals over his last three games. On the season, Rubio is averaging 9.5 points, 8.3 assists (4th in NBA) and 2.96 steals (1st in NBA).

It will be interesting to see how the pace of play goes with two pretty aggressive point guards on the defensive end.

Injury Report

The Wolves will be without wing Chase Budinger, who is out while recovering from preseason left knee surgery. Center Ronny Turiaf is out indefinitely with a radial head fracture in his right elbow.

After sitting out Wednesday’s game, both Ed Davis (hip) and Tony Allen (hip) played on Friday. They are expected to play Sunday night. Center Marc Gasol (MCL) is out indefinitely.

Probable Starters
  Timberwolves Grizzlies
PG Ricky Rubio Mike Conley
SG Kevin Martin Tony Allen
SF Corey Brewer Tayshaun Prince
PF Kevin Love Zach Randolph
C Nikola Pekovic Kosta Koufos


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