Preview | Clippers at Timberwolves
Minneapolis, MN – Coming off their largest comeback in franchise history, the Clippers (31-26) look to keep their momentum going as they wrap up their longest road trip of the season against the Timberwolves (25-30).
The Clippers mounted a 28-point comeback to beat the Celtics on Saturday night, the third time on this road trip that they erased a deficit of 20 or more. New acquisitions Garrett Temple and Ivica Zubac started against the Celtics and both scored in double-figures, while Landry Shamet came off the bench and drilled four huge three-pointers in the fourth quarter to help give the Clippers the lead for good.
Danilo Gallinari also had his fourth double-double of the season in just his second game back from a back injury. Patrick Beverley and Montrezl Harrell also left their mark on the victory, and Shamet took note: “As vocal as they were, as hard as they play, it trickles down from there.”
The Timberwolves have hit a rough stretch recently, losing four straight games to fall five games back of the Clippers for eighth place in the Western Conference standings. Center Karl-Anthony Towns (23.1 points and 12.1 rebounds per game) is enjoying another excellent season, and he was named an All-Star reserve for the second straight year.
This will be the second meeting of the season between the two teams. The Clippers won, 120-109, in November.
Wilson Chandler (right quad strain) and Luc Mbah a Moute (knee) are out.
For the Timberwolves, Jeff Teague (foot) is listed probable and Jerryd Bayless (toe) is questionable. Tyus Jones (ankle), Derrick Rose (ankle) and Robert Covington (foot) are all out.