Scouting Report: Wolves (18-18) at Spurs (28-8) | Jan. 12, 2014

Scouting Report: Wolves (18-18) at Spurs (28-8) | Jan. 12, 2014


Timberwolves at Spurs | 6:00 PM — AT&T Center

Where to Watch: Fox Sports North

Where to Listen: 830 WCCO-AM

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Ah, to go over .500. That is something the Wolves have tried to address for quite some time now. Could the Wolves get over it against the Spurs on Sunday night? Well, it won’t be easy.

The Wolves finished off last week at 2-1, but still sit two games back from the Mavericks for the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference. While there is still plenty of season left, these games are pretty valuable for teams hoping to make a playoff push.

Last Meeting

The two teams last faced off on Dec. 13 when the Wolves visited the Spurs. Minnesota lost 117-110, despite 42 points and 14 rebounds from Kevin Love. Love was 8-of-9 from the 3-point line. Nikola Pekovic added 18 points and 11 rebounds. Ricky Rubio added 15, while Kevin Martin scored 14. The Wolves shot 47.8 percent from the 3-point line and 43.2 percent from the field.

Tony Parker led San Antonio with 29 points. while Manu Ginobili had 20 off the bench. Kawhi Leonard finished with 19. Tim Duncan, Boris Diaw and Marco Bellinelli all finished with 12 points. Duncan also hauled in 14 rebounds and had eight assists. San Antonio was a scorching 55.2 percent from the field.

This Week’s Results

The Wolves are coming off of a 119-92 win over the Charlotte Bobcats.

Pekovic led the way with 26 points, while Kevin Love added 19 and 14 rebounds. Kevin Martin also added 19 while Alexey Shved led the second unit with 11 points.

In their last five games, the Wolves are 3-2.

The Spurs are coming off of a 112-90 home win over the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday.

Parker led San Antonio with 25 points. Belinelli had 17 off the bench, while Ducan finished with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Kawhi Leonard added 12 points and Pattie Mills finished with 11.

The Spurs are 4-1 in their last five games.

What To Watch: Kevin Love vs. Tim Duncan

Old man vs. young man, right?

Not so fast. Both of these players have been pretty effective this season, but Love showed us earlier this season that San Antonio might not have a guy that can guard him on the perimeter.

Duncan probably isn’t that guy. On the season, Love is averaging 25.9 points per game and 13.3 rebounds per game, along with a career-high 4.1 assists per game.

Even at 37 years old, Duncan is averaging 14.5 points and 9.8 rebounds per game, playing 29.3 minutes per game.

Expect Duncan to work inside and Love to work outside. This could result in big nights for both big men.

Injury Report

The Wolves appear to be at full strength.

Manu Ginobili (hamstring) is doubtful for San Antonio, while center Tiago Splitter (shoulder) is expected to miss three to five weeks.

Probable Starters
  Timberwolves Spurs
PG Ricky Rubio Tony Parker
SG Kevin Martin Danny Green
SF Corey Brewer Kawhi Leonard
PF Kevin Love Tim Duncan
C Nikola Pekovic Boris Diaw


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