Scouting Report: Wolves (40-41) vs. Jazz (24-57) | April 16, 2014
Timberwolves vs. Jazz | 7:00 PM — Target Center
Where to Watch: Fox Sports North
Where to Listen: 830 WCCO-AM
Here we are. The final game of the season.
The Wolves had plenty of “Don’t Blink” moments throughout the year. Kevin Love’s single-season scoring record. Ricky Rubio playing catch with a fan. Love’s triple-doubles. Who could forget Corey Brewer’s 51-point game against Houston?
It appears as if another one is on the horizon as the Wolves try to reach .500 for the first time since the 2004-05 season. They’ll have a good chance to do it against a Jazz team that they are 3-0 against this season.
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The Wolves are 3-0 against the Jazz this season, with the last game coming on Feb. 22 in Utah. The Wolves came away with a 121-104 win behind 37 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists from Love. It was Love’s first career triple-double. Rubio added 15 points. Brewer and Chase Budinger both scored 13 points, while Dante Cunningham added 11 while starting from Nikola Pekovic.
Big man Enes Kanter led Utah with 25 points. Trey Burke added 16 points, while Alec Burkes put up 15 points off the bench. Richard Jefferson scored 15. The Wolves outrebounded the Jazz 49-34.
This Week’s Results
April 16, 2014
Minnesota is coming off of a 130-120 road loss to the Golden State Warriors on Monday night. Love led Minnesota with 40 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists. Brewer added 22 points. Rubio had 15 points and eight assists, but committed seven turnovers. Gorgui Dieng finished with 14 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks, while Kevin Martin also scored 14.
The Wolves are 2-3 in their last five games.
Utah is coming off of a 119-104 home loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday, despite having all five starters score in double-digits. Burks led the way with 22 points. Hayward finished with 21, while Kanter had 19 points and 12 boards. Burke and Derrick Favors scored 17 and 12 points, respectively.
The Jazz have lost five straight games.
What To Watch: Ricky Rubio vs. Trey Burke
Rubio has had Burke’s number this season and while his numbers aren’t gaudy, he’s gotten the job done. The game has some importance to Rubio as far as history is concerned. He needs just seven assists to tie Stephon Marbury for second-most in a season (704, 1997-98).
In his rookie campaign, Burke is averaging 12.5 points per game to go with 5.6 assists. He’s struggled from the field, shooting just 37.8 percent, but he is great from the free-thrown line, hitting 89.3 percent of his shots. In three games against the Wolves, Burke is averaging 11.3 points and 4.3 assists.
Rubio’s scoring average (9.5 ppg) is a career-low, but he’s made up for it in other areas. The Spaniard has career-highs is assists (8.6), field goal percentage (38.2) and rebounds (4.2). He’s also swiping 2.3 steals per contest, and has a league-high 189 for the season. He should get some love for the All-Defensive team when voting time comes around. In three games against the Jazz, he’s averaging 10.7 points, 9.7 assists and 6.3 rebounds.
Forwards Shabazz Muhammad (sprained right MCL) and wing Chase Budinger (sprained right ankle) are out. Center Nikola Pekovic (right ankle bursitis) is questionable.
Utah power forward Marvin Williams (bone bruise in left knee) is questionable.
|PG||Ricky Rubio||Trey Burke|
|SG||Kevin Martin||Alec Burks|
|SF||Corey Brewer||Gordon Hayward|
|PF||Kevin Love||Derrick Favors|
|C||Gorgui Dieng||Enes Kanter|