Scouting Report: Wolves (40-39) at Kings (27-53) | April 13, 2014
Timberwolves at Kings | 8:00 PM — Sleep Train Arena
Where to Watch: Fox Sports North Plus
Where to Listen: 830 WCCO-AM
The quest for the Wolves to get a winning record this season continues. They already have 40 wins for the first time since the 2004-05 season. If they can win their next three games (Sacramento, Golden State and Utah), they can clinch a winning record, which is saying something for what this franchise has been through for the last 10 years.
Both teams are injured, so it will be interesting to see who will be dressed for this one. The Kings have just two games left, while the Wolves have three.
The Wolves are 2-1 against the Kings this season with the last game coming on March 16 at the Target Center. The Wolves came away with a 104-102 win thanks to 31 points from Kevin Martin. Kevin Love added 26 points, 10 boards and five assists. Gorgui Dieng added 12 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks. Rubio also scored 12 points, while Corey Brewer finished with 10 points.
Isaiah Thomas led the Kings with 27 points. Former Wolves forward Derrick Williams led the bench with 26 points and 11 rebounds. Rudy Gay had 14 points. Not other Kings player scored more than 10 points.
This Week’s Results
Minnesota is coming off of a 112-110 thrilling home win over the Houston Rockets on Friday. Brewer tied a franchise-record with 51 points. Yes, 51 points. He also had a game-high six steals. Dante Cunningham had 20 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks while filling in for an injured Love. Rubio had 16 points and 10 assists. Dieng had 12 points, 20 rebounds and two blocks.
The Wolves are 3-2 in their last five games.
Sacramento is coming off of a 117-101 road loss to the Los Angeles Clippers despite 32 points from Cousins.
The Kings are 0-5 in their last fives games.
What To Watch: Corey Brewer vs. Rudy Gay
After having the best night of his career on Friday, how can we not highlight Brewer? Brewer is known for a lot of things, but being a scorer is not one of them, that’s why Friday night’s performance was so surprising. He is averaging 12.2 points per game this season, though, his highest total since his third year in the league. He’s also shooting 47.8 percent from the field, which is a career-high.
In three games against the Kings this season, Brewer is averaging 11.7 points.
Gay’s status is unknown after suffering a back injury last week, but if he does play, Brewer will likely be the man guarding him. Gay is averaging a career-high 20.2 points per game, while shooting 45.8 percent from the field. He’s also hauling in six rebounds per game. In three games against the Wolves, he’s averaging 23.7 points and 5.7 rebounds per game.
For Minnesota, Chase Budinger (ankle) and Shabazz Muhammad (knee) are out. Center Nikola Pekovic (ankle), guard Kevin Martin (heel) and Kevin Love (elbow) are questionable.
Sacramento guard Jason Terry (knee) and forward Carl Landry (knee) are out for the season. Forward Rudy Gay (back) and guard Isaiah Thomas (quads) are questionable.
|PG||Ricky Rubio||Ray McCallum|
|SG||Corey Brewer||Ben McLemore|
|SF||Robbie Hummel||Rudy Gay|
|PF||Dante Cunningham||Jason Thompson|
|C||Gorgui Dieng||DeMarcus Cousins|