Scouting Report: Wolves (2-0) at Knicks (1-1) | Nov. 3, 2013

by Mark Remme
Web Editor

Scouting Report: Wolves (2-0) at Knicks (1-1) | Nov. 3, 2013


Timberwolves at Knicks | 6:30 PM — Madison Square Garden

Where to Watch: Fox Sports North Plus | Channel Guide

Where to Listen: 830 WCCO-AM

The first 2013-14 road trip for the Timberwolves starts tonight and after starting out BLANK, it’s a pretty important one.

The two teams split the two-game series last season.

The New York Knicks has plenty of pressure aimed in their direction on. Obviously being in New York adds to that (just ask Mark Sanchez), but some of it is also self-imposed. Knicks owner James Dolan reportedly expects a championship out of New York this season and that’s a tough task considering the top teams in the Eastern Conference.

New York does have one of the best pure scorers in the game, though, with Carmelo Anthony. The Knicks have the unusual ability to play Anthony at both the 3 and the 4. Wolves head coach Rick Adelman noted earlier this week that will likely change Minnesota’s rotation a bit. Depending on what happens, Adelman may have to change his gameplan faster than a “New York Minute.”

Last Meeting

The Wolves and Knicks last faced off on Feb. 8 last season and New York came away with a 100-94 win behind 36 points from Anthony. Anthony also added nine rebounds playing the power forward position. J.R. Smith had 15 points off the bench, and Steve Novak (now with Raptors), Amare’ Stoudemire and Raymond Felton all had 11 points.

The Wolves, like much of last season, were short handed. Minnesota was without Kevin Love (hand) and Andrei Kirilenko (quadriceps). Luke Ridnour (now with Bucks) was forced to play shooting guard, but managed to lead the Wolves with 20 points. Williams finished with 19 playing the power forward spot. Both Ricky Rubio and Nikola Pekovic finished with double-doubles. Pekovic scored 16 points while hauling in 11 rebounds. The Spanish point guard scored 18 points and dished out 11 assists.

Minnesota was historically bad from the 3-point line last season and it showed in this game as the Wolves shot just 1-of-13 form the 3-point line.

This Week’s Results

The Wolves… record after two games.

On Wednesday, Minnesota opened up its 25th season in exciting fashion. Behind a game-tying 3-pointer from Love, the Wolves were able to beat the Orlando Magic 120-115 in overtime.

The All-Star power forward finished with a game-high 31 points while bringing in 17 rebounds. Former Oklahoma City shooting guard Kevin Martin started off slow, but finished with 23 points, including seven in the extra period. Corey Brewer scored 16 points, while Rubio added 13 points and 11 dimes. Both Pekovic and J.J. Barea scored 11 points while Dante Cunningham added 10.

The Wolves got a nice cushion early on, scoring 38 points in the first period, the most ever for the team on Opening Night. Minnesota was able to force 17 turnovers against a young Magic team.


New York opened up its season with a 90-83 win over the Milwaukee Bucks at Madison Square Garden.

The box score for New York looks a bit odd, as no Knick player scored more than 19 points. Anthony finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Raymond Felton finished with 18, while Iman Shumpert and Tyson Chandler scored 16 and 10 points, respectively.

The Knicks shot a blazing 50.7 percent from the field and forced 23 turnovers. It was an ugly game, though, as New York turned the ball over 22 times as well.

St. Cloud native Nate Wolters played almost 30 minutes for the Bucks and scored nine points off the bench.

The Knicks played on Thursday night against the Chicago Bulls in Derrick Rose’s first game back in Chicago since tearing his ACL during the 2012 NBA Playoffs.

His floater with five seconds left in the fourth led the Bulls over the Knicks 82-81.

Anthony led New York with 22 points, but was just 8-of-24 from the field. Felton finished with 13 points and rookie shooting guard Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 10 off the bench, but no other player scored more than nine points for the Knicks. New York shot just 36 percent from the field.

What To Watch: Nikola Pekovic vs. Tyson Chandler

These two centers are regarded as two of the best centers in the league, but for much different reasons. Pekovic is regarded as an offensive big man who had great touch when he gets in the paint. WHAT’S PEK AVERAGING IN FIRST 2 GAMES?

Chandler isn’t as much of a threat offensively, but he’s a mad man on the defensive end. Don’t forget that this guy was named the 2011-12 NBA Defensive Player of the Year. In two games this season, Chandler is averaging 8.5 points, 12.5 rebounds and 4.5 blocks per game.

In two games against the Wolves last season, Chandler averaged 10.5 points and eight rebounds. Pekovic had the edge, averaging 18.5 points and 14.5 rebounds in the same contests including a 21 point and 17 rebound performance on Dec. 23.

Injury Report

 The Wolves will be without wing Chase Budinger, who is out while recovering from preseason left knee surgery. Knicks shooting guard J.R. Smith is recovering from a knee injury while also serving a 5-game suspension.

Probable Starters

  Timberwolves Knicks
PG Ricky Rubio Raymond Felton
SG Kevin Martin Iman Shumpert
SF Corey Brewer Anthony Bargnani
PF Kevin Love Carmelo Anthony
C Nikola Pekovic Tyson Chandler


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