Scouting Report: Wolves at Nets
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Wolves (1-1) at Nets (1-0) — 6:30 PM, Barclays Center (Brooklyn, NY)
Where to Watch: FS North, NBA TV
Where to Listen: 830 WCCO-AM
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Minnesota wraps up the tail end of their small road trip when they travel down to face the Brooklyn Nets tonight. The game is historic, as it will be only the second game played in the brand new Barclays Center.
Tipoff is at 6:30 p.m. central time on Fox Sports North, NBA TV and 830 WCCO-AM.
The Nets defeated Toronto in their season opener with a scoring attack that featured Brook Lopez’s 27 points and 19 from Deron Williams. The game was a milestone for Brooklyn’s first big league home team in any sport since baseball’s Dodgers in 1957. Toronto’s Kyle Lowry had 28 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, while DeMar DeRozan recorded 25 points.
Minnesota had far different luck against the same opponent, falling 105-86 to Toronto at the Air Canada Centre. The Timberwolves had 24 turnovers—including 16 in the first half—and gave up 32 points off of those giveaways. DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry each had 22 points, while Minneapolis native Alan Anderson added 18. Andrei Kirilenko scored 17 and Nikola Pekovic had 15, but Minnesota made just 4-of-16 shooting attempts in the fourth quarter leading to their first loss of the season.
Last Time Out: February 3, 2012
Withstanding a career-high 42 points from Anthony Morrow, Minnesota defeated the Nets 108-105 for their third straight road win. Kevin Love racked up a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds, and rookie Ricky Rubio collected 10 points, 10 assists and six steals.
Morrow, whose previous career high was 37 points in 2008 against Golden State, connected on eight 3-point shots. Minnesota’s hero was Nikola Pekovic, the second-year center who shot 11-14 from the field for 27 points along with 11 rebounds. One of his lay-ups gave the Timberwolves the final lead with 1:55 left.
Key Matchup: Joe Johnson and Brandon Roy
Johnson was a large acquisition for Brooklyn this summer, having established himself in Atlanta as a six-time NBA All-Star. A July 11 trade brought him to the Nets in exchange for five players and a draft choice, and he had a solid debut against Toronto with 14 points, five rebounds and four assists.
Roy, entering just his third regular season game since coming out of retirement, had a difficult game against Toronto on Saturday shooting 0-3 for just four points. The former All-Star also committed five turnovers, the most among the team. Amid questions about his comeback, Roy looks to have a bounceback game against Brooklyn, and Johnson will be the main one attempting to stop him.
“I thought it was a snowball effect,” Roy said about his turnovers after Saturday’s loss. “I thought I turned it over too much early on, and I think everybody had about three or four turnovers. Again, we can’t have that many turnovers and expect to win. It’s simple: We have to keep our turnovers low to keep ourselves in the game.”
|Tonight's Probable Starters|
|PG||Luke Ridnour||Deron Williams|
|SG||Brandon Roy||Joe Johnson|
|SF||Andrei Kirilenko||Gerald Wallace|
|PF||Derrick Williams||Kris Humphries|
|C||Nikola Pekovic||Brook Lopez|