Scouting Report: Wolves (24-28) vs. Nuggets (24-26) | Feb. 12, 2014
Timberwolves vs. Nuggets | 7:00 PM — Target Center
Where to Watch: Fox Sports North
Where to Listen: 830 WCCO-AM
The Minnesota Timberwolves discussed after Tuesday’s practice just how important it was for them to win Wednesday’s game going into the All-Star Break. For both confidence and playoff chances, the game is pretty important.
The Wolves have lost four straight games and seven games back from the Dallas Mavericks from eighth place in the West.
Minnesota is banged up, but so are the Nuggets. The Nuggets are in a similar position as the Wolves, sitting six games back from the eight seed. With Denver being 2-0 already against Minnesota this season, the Wolves will want to get some revenge in this one.
The Wolves are 0-2 against the Nuggets this season. The last game against Denver came on Nov. 27 at the Target Center. The Wolves fell 117-110. Ty Lawson led Denver with 23 points. Nate Robinson led the second unit with 15 points, while Jordan Hamilton and Andre Miller had 11 and 10 points, respectively off the bench. Wilson Chandler put up 14 points, shooting 6-of-10 from the field. Kenneth Faried added 13. Both Randy Foye and J.J. Hickson scored 10 points. The Nuggets shot a scorching 51.1 percent (45-of-88) from the field and 50 percent (8-of-16) from the 3-point line.
All five starters for the Wolves hit double-digits, but the bench contributed with just 10 points. Kevin Martin led all scorers with 29 points, 11 coming from the free-throw line. Nikola Pekovic, Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio all had double-doubles. Pekovic scored 21 points and hauled in 10 boards. Love had 19 points and 15 rebounds. Rubio scored 17 points and dished out 11 assists. He also had two steals. Corey Brewer rounded out the starters with 14 points. Minnesota shot just 25 percent (5-of-20) from the 3-point line.
This Week’s Results
The Wolves are coming off of a 107-89 loss to the Houston Rockets.
Love led Minnesota with 31 points and 10 rebounds, going 10-of-10 from the free-throw line. In his first game against his former team, Chase Budinger scored 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Alexey Shved and Luc Mbah a Moute led the bench with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Minnesota shot just 6-of-25 from the 3-point line.
Feb. 12, 2014
Denver is coming off of a 119-80 road loss to the Indiana Pacers on Monday. Only three players hit double-digits for the Nuggets. Chandler led the way with 17 points, but was just 6-of-19 from the field. Hickson added 12 points and eight rebounds. Hamilton led the second unit with 11 points. The team shot just 31.5 percent from the field and 23.1 percent from the 3-point line.
The Nuggets are 2-3 in their last five games.
What To Watch: Corey Brewer vs. Wilson Chandler
Chandler is the one of the few core players that Denver has that can score. And for a team averaging 103 points per game, that’s saying something. It will be up to Brewer to shut down his former teammate. The two played the last two seasons with the Denver Nuggets.
On the season, Chandler is averaging 14.5 points per game, his highest total since the 2010-11 season. He’s hauling in 4.8 rebounds and shooting 42.1 percent from the field and 35.5 percent from the 3-point line.
Brewer is averaging 11.4 points and a career-best 1.6 steals per game. He’s shooting 46 percent form the field (a career-high) and 29.9 percent from the 3-point line.
In two games against Denver this season, Brewer is averaging 12.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game. He’s shooting 50 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from the 3-point line.
In two games against Minnesota, Chandler is averaging 16.5 points, four rebounds and two steals per game. He’s shooting a hot 63.2 percent form the field and 60 percent from the 3-point line.
Kevin Martin (thumb) and Nikola Pekovic (ankle) are expected to be out until after the All-Star Game for the Wolves. Kevin Love (quad) is probable.
Guards Andre Miller (personal) and Ty Lawson (ribs) are out indefinitely. Center Javele McGee (tibia) is also out indefinitely. Forward Danilo Gallinari (knee) and guard Nate Robinson (knee) are both out for the season.
|PG||Ricky Rubio||Evan Fournier|
|SG||Chase Budinger||Randy Foye|
|SF||Corey Brewer||Wilson Chandler|
|PF||Kevin Love||Kenneth Faried|
|C||Ronny Turiaf||J.J. Hickson|