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Scouting Report | Wolves at Hornets

by Kyle Ratke, Digital Content Manager

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The Game

The battle of the undefeateds!

To be fair, both teams have only played one game this season, so this isn't all that wild.

The Wolves are in Charlotte for the only time this season to play the Hornets.

Minnesota is coming off a thrilling 127-126 overtime win over the Nets on Wednesday night behind 36 points and 14 rebounds from Karl-Anthony Towns.

Charlotte is coming off a one-point win as well, beating the Bulls 126-125 behind 27 points from rookie PJ Washington, who was the 12th pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. 

The two teams played twice last season, with each team winning a game apiece. Of course, both teams are pretty different than they were a season ago. Most notably, the Hornets are starting a season without Kemba Walker on their roster for the first time since 2011.

What: Wolves at Hornets
When: 6 p.m. CT
Where: Spectrum Center
Watch: Fox Sports North
Listen: 830 WCCO

Connections

Timberwolves' big man Noah Vonleh was drafted ninth overall by the Hornets in the 2014 draft. He played in just 25 games for them in his rookie season before he was traded to the Blazers. In Vonleh’s debut with the Wolves on Wednesday, he finished with two points, four rebounds, two steals and an assist in 14 minutes.

Treveon Graham signed with the Hornets as an undrafted free agent in 2016. Over two seasons, Graham played in 90 games with Charlotte and shot 43.8 percent from the 3-point line. Graham started for Minnesota in his Wolves debut and finished with nine points, six rebounds, four assists and a steal. He was instrumental down the stretch for the team, doing all the little things, including this absolutely wild sequence.

We also need to mention that the team’s official executive radio producer John Focke is now the Hornets’ lead play-by-play radio announcer. Good job by you, John! 

Would You Believe Me If I Told You . . . 

Both Towns and Washington made seven 3-pointers in the season opener. For Towns, that might not be a huge surprise. But Washington actually set an NBA record for made 3-pointers made in a rookie’s first game.

Kyrie Irving and Danny Green also drilled seven 3-pointers in the opening game of the season. 

Look for these two bigs to stretch the floor again in this one.

Injury Report:

Wolves: No injuries to report. 
Hornets: Cody Zeller (personal) and Nicolas Batum (finger) are out. 

Projected Starters:

Wolves: PG—Teague, SG – Wiggins, SF – Graham, PF – Covington, C – Towns 
Hornets: PG—Rozier, SG – Bacon, SF – Bridges, PF – Washington, C – Zeller    

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