Scouting Report: Wolves (34-33) vs. Suns (40-29) | March 23, 2014
Timberwolves vs. Suns | 2:30 PM — Target Center
Where to Watch: No TV
Where to Listen: 830 WCCO-AM
It wasn’t too long ago when it looked like the Phoenix Suns were the darling of the league and had a lock for a Western Conference Playoff Spot. Not so fast.
Phoenix now sits a game back of the eighth seeded Memphis Grizzlies.
For Minnesota, this is a bit of a revenge game, as a Gerald Green buzzer-beater beat the Wolves at the Target Center earlier this season.
The Wolves still have an outside chance of making the playoffs, sitting six games back from Memphis for the eighth seed.
Today’s game is not on local television, so be sure to tune into WCCO 830-AM for this game.
The Wolves are 1-1 against the Suns this season with the last game coming on Feb. 25 in Phoenix. The Wolves won 110-101 behind 33 points, 13 boards and nine assists. Rookie Shabazz Muhammad had his “Don’t Blink moment” as he led the second unit with 20 points, six rebounds, two steals and an assist. Corey Brewer had 18 points and Dante Cunningham, starting for Nikola Pekovic, had 12 point and five rebounds.
Markieff Morris led the Phoenix bench with 24 points. Green had 19 points, while Goran Dragic added 16. Former Kentucky guard Archie Goodwin had 10 points and five boards off the bench.
This Week’s Results
The Wolves are coming off of a 129-106 road loss to the Houston Rockets.
Love led Minnesota with 29 points, while rookie Gorgui Dieng had 22 points, 21 rebounds and four assists in his second career start. Chase Budinger and Luc Mbah a Moute had 11 points each off the bench.
Minnesota is 3-2 in its last five games.
The Suns are coming off of a 98-92 home win over the Detroit Pistons on Friday. Eric Bledsoe led Phoenix with 23 points, while Dragic had 20 points. Morris led the second unit with 16 points and had a team-high eight boards.
Phoenix is 4-1 in its last five games.
What To Watch: Ricky Rubio vs. Goran Dragic
When it comes to quick and creative point guards, these are two of the best. Rubio is just two games removed of a triple-double, while Dragic is having a breakout season and has become of the league’s best point guards.
Dragic is averaging a career-high 20.4 points per game to go with six assists and 3.2 rebounds. In two games against the Wolves, Dragic is averaging 21 points, six assists and 4.5 rebounds per game.
Rubio is averaging nine points and a career-high 8.6 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game. He’s also shooting a career-best 82.1 percent from the field, 35.6 percent from the 3-point line and 37.5 percent from the field this season. In two games against Phoenix, 12.5 points, 7.5 assists and four rebounds per game.
Except some highlights from these two on Sunday afternoon.
Minnesota center Nikola Pekovic (right ankle bursitis) is expected to miss Sunday’s game. Fellow center Ronny Turiaf (bone bruise in right knee) is out indefinitely, while point guard A.J. Price (appendectomy) is also out indefinitely.
Phoenix guard Leandro Barbosa (broken left hand) is out indefinitely. Center Emeka Okafor (neck surgery) is out for the season.
|PG||Ricky Rubio||Goran Dragic|
|SG||Kevin Martin||Eric Bledsoe|
|SF||Corey Brewer||P.J. Tucker|
|PF||Kevin Love||Channing Frye|
|C||Gorgui Dieng||Miles Plumlee|