Scouting Report: Wolves at Jazz
Scouting Report: Wolves at Jazz
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If the Minnesota Timberwolves weren’t already gaining national attention heading into Friday night, they’ve certainly got it now. The Wolves capped off a comeback win against the Clippers with Kevin Love’s 3-pointer at the buzzer, giving Minnesota 101-98 victory at Staples Center.
But tonight is a different story. The Wolves head to Utah for matchup with the Jazz, and when the game tips off at 8 p.m. they’ll be tasked with keeping their current three-game winning streak alive. Coach Rick Adelman continues to preach to his young team the necessity of looking ahead, not back, and the Timberwolves will need to do just that in order to pull out the victory at EnergySolutions Arena tonight.
Jazz dominant at home
The Jazz are thriving this season while playing at home, sporting a 7-2 record in their own building. Their lone two losses at EnergySolutions Arena have been close, falling to the Lakers 90-87 in overtime on Jan. 11 and 94-91 to the Mavericks on Thursday. In fact, Utah is 8-2 overall in its past 10 games.
The Timberwolves bring a 3-3 road record to EnergySolutions Arena, and the Wolves are also sporting a 5-2 record against Western Conference opponents. The Wolves are scoring 95.0 points per game and allowing 92.9 points a night--similar numbers to Utah. The Jazz are scoring 95.4 points and allowing 93.5 points per night.
Loving the pressure
Kevin Love continued to shine on Friday in L.A., putting together his 15th consecutive double-double to start the season with a 17-point, 14-rebound performance against the Clippers. But it was his final shot that put the Wolves over the top, and his 3-point proficiency at the power forward position is continuing to make him a force. He finished 2-for-3 from behind the arc last night and is shooting 37.3 percent from 3-point range this season.
Key matchup: Post play
Center Darko Milicic had a breakout offensive game on Friday night, scoring a season-high 22 points to lead the team. He shot 10-of-15 from the field and chipped in seven rebounds and two assists. Tonight in Utah, the Jazz will have a strong inside presence of their own in former Wolves big man Al Jefferson. Jefferson is averaging 18.2 points and 9.2 rebounds per game this season and is adding in 1.6 blocks per night.
Ellington continues strong play
Wolves shooting guard Wayne Ellington continues to be a factor coming off the Wolves bench. He scored 13 points on Friday in L.A. and has scored in double digits in three of the past four games. During that four-game stretch, he’s shooting 21-of-33 and has made 50 percent of his 3-point attempts.
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