Garnett Returns as Nets Host Timberwolves

By Cory Wright

Garnett Returns to Brooklyn:

Kevin Garnett will play the Brooklyn Nets for the first time since being dealt to the Timberwolves in exchange for Thaddeus Young last March. Garnett spent a season and a half with the Nets, averaging 6.6 points and 6.7 boards per game. Garnett is playing in his 21st NBA season and 15th in Minnesota, offering veteran leadership to the T-Wolves young stars.

Hungry Wolves:

The Minnesota Timberwolves are chock full of young talent, including a pair of first-overall picks: Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns. Wiggins, the reigning NBA rookie of the year, leads the T-Wolves with 21.3 points-per-game, while Towns is second averaging 15.4. Towns is also second among rookies in points-per-game, only trailing Philadelphia’s Jahlil Okafor. Wiggins is coming off his first double-double of the season (32 points, 10 boards), helping the T-Wolves snap a four-game losing streak.

Jarrett Jack:

Jarrett Jack had a night on Friday. The Nets’ point guard had a game-high 26 points, with nine boards, six assists, a season-high three steals and two blocks. It was the second straight game Jack scored over20 points, after recording 22 against the Miami Heat on Wednesday. In the two games combined, Jack is showing 15-of-29 and 4-of-11 from three.

Larkin, Karasev Out:

Shane Larkin (concussion) and Sergey Karasev (sore left ankle) are both out for Sunday’s game. Larkin (7.2 ppg, 3.6 apg, 2.2 rpg) and Karasev are both missing their third straight games.

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