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Scouting Report | Wolves vs. Grizzlies

by Kyle Ratke, Digital Content Manager

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The Game

The Wolves are hoping to make it three straight wins on Sunday afternoon against the Grizzlies at Target Center.

Minnesota is coming off of back-to-back road wins against the Hawks and Spurs, respectively, and sit at 10-8 on the season, good for seventh in the Western Conference.

The Grizzlies, on the other hand, have lost six-straight games –- the last on Friday night against the Utah Jazz. Memphis is 5-13, 14th in the West.

On paper, this should probably be a win for the Wolves. But let’s not forget the Grizzlies beat the Wolves 137-121 back on Nov. 6 in Memphis. 

Memphis will be without Rookie of the Year favorite Ja Morant, who is dealing with back spasms. Morant is averaging 18.6 points and 6.4 assists per game.

It’s probably not fair to expect Shabazz Napier (hamstring) to play, but the fact that he’s been upgraded to questionable is a good sign for Wolves fans.

This is a rare home game for the Wolves to start December. After this game, the Wolves head out on a four-game road trip to play the Mavericks, Thunder, Lakers and Suns. 

What: Wolves vs. Grizzlies
When: 2:30 p.m. CT, Sunday, Dec. 1
Where: Target Center
Watch: Fox Sports North Plus
Listen: 830 WCCO
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Welcome Home, Tyus Jones

Tyus Jones, who was born in Apple Valley and spent four seasons with the Timberwolves, will return to the Target Center for the first time since signing with the Grizzlies last offseason.

Our Katie Davidson wrote a bit more on Jones’ return here.

With Morant out with a back injury, Jones will likely start. In 18 games this season, Jones is averaging 5.9 points and 4.6 assists per game. He’s hit a bit of a slump as a shooter, shooting just 37.4 percent from the field and 17.9 percent from the 3-point line. 

Would You Believe Me If I Told You . . .

Andrew Wiggins needs two made 3-pointers to leapfrog Anthony Peeler’s franchise-record mark of 465.

Wiggins, as you’ve might have heard, is having himself quite the season. The sixth—year wing is averaging 25.3 points per game while shooting 46.8 percent from the field and 35.4 percent from the 3-point line. His 2.3 made 3-pointers per game is a career-high and up 0.7 from last season.

Keep an eye on Karl-Anthony Towns as well. Towns trails Peeler’s mark by just nine 3-pointers and the way he’s been shooting (44.4 percent from deep), he’s a candidate to pass that mark as well. 

Peeler spent six seasons in Minnesota and averaged 9.6 points per game with the team, shooting 37.9 percent from the 3-point line on 3.2 attempts per game.

Injury Report:

Wolves: Treveon Graham (forearm) and Josh Okogie (knee) are probable. Napier (hamstring) is questionable. Jake Layman (toe) is out. 

Grizzlies: Kyle Anderson (heel), Ja Morant (back) and Andre Iguodala (not injury related) are out.

Projected Starters:

Wolves: PG—Wiggins, SG—Culver, SF—Graham, PF—Covington, C—Towns

Grizzlies: PG—Jones, SG – Brooks, SF – Crowder, PF – Jackson, C – Valancuinas 

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