Scouting Report: Wolves vs. Pistons
Minnesota Timberwolves (28-47) vs Detroit Pistons (25-51) — 7:00 PM Target Center
Where to Watch: My29
Where to Listen: 830 WCCO-AM
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The Wolves fell just short of Rick Adelman’s 1,000th win Friday night with a heartbreaking loss to Toronto. Tonight, Detroit comes to town as the second opponent of a home back-to-back. Tipoff is set for 7:00 p.m. on 830 WCCO-AM and My29.
Not much has changed for Detroit since the last time these two teams played. They’ve gone 1-3 since losing to the Wolves on March 26—in fact, they’ve only won two games since the beginning of March.
There have been some bright spots along the way, however. Greg Monroe has strung together some solid double-double performances, including a big 24-point, 17-rebound night against Boston most recently. Rodney Stuckey has also scored 20-plus points several times recently, including a 32-point outing against Portland a couple weeks back. Detroit has also gained youngster Andre Drummond back from injury, and he’s been in the starting lineup since his return.
Last Time Out: March 26, 2013
A game after snapping a 10-game losing streak, Detroit’s home losing streak continued to build as the Minnesota Timberwolves handed them a seventh straight home loss, 105-82 on March 26.
The Wolves pulled off an incredible shooting effort from outside as they landed 14 3-pointers against the Pistons. Minnesota came into the game averaging an NBA-worst 29 percent.
"We were due for a night like this," said J.J. Barea. "Our starters started getting hot, and we kept the flow going."
The Wolves were especially effective in the third quarter, shooting 7-of-9 from long range. Barea ended up hitting 5-of-7 attempts from 3 along with two more makes each from Derrick Williams, Luke Ridnour and Ricky Rubio.
Nikola Pekovic rumbled down low, recording 18 points and 11 rebounds. Greg Monroe had 11 points and 12 rebounds along with Jose Calderon’s 14 points.
Key Matchup: Greg Monroe and Nikola Pekovic
Since the Pistons’ loss to the Wolves, Monroe has racked up double-doubles in three of his four contests. He also shot over 50 percent from the field in three of the four games, proving to be Detroit’s most consistent scorer and rebounder. He’s not alone in the post, either; rookie Andre Drummond has returned from injury and now starts alongside him.
Pekovic had a good night against Toronto’s Jonas Valanciunas, totaling 24 points on 50 percent shooting. Will he feel fatigue from the back-to-back, or will he come out strong and help earn his coach’s 1,000th career win?
Injury report presented by TSR Injury Law
The Wolves still await word on Kevin Love’s broken right hand, as he is scheduled to be re-evaluated early next week. For the Pistons, Jose Calderon is questionable for tonight’s game with an arm injury, and Will Bynum is listed as out for tonight’s game with a hand injury. Jason Maxiell is out for the season with an eye injury.
|Tonight's Probable Starters|
|PG||Ricky Rubio||Brandon Knight|
|SG||Luke Ridnour||Rodney Stuckey|
|SF||Andrei Kirilenko||Kyle Singler|
|PF||Derrick Williams||Andre Drummond|
|C||Nikola Pekovic||Greg Monroe|