Bobcats vs. Timberwolves
8 p.m., Target Center
TV: SportSouth. Radio: WFNZ-AM 610
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|Pos, Player||Ppg||Rpg||Pos, Player||Ppg||Rpg|
|G, K. Walker||18.4||4.3||R. Rubio||8.9||4.6|
|G, G. Henderson||15.4||4.4||K. Martin||19.7||3.4|
|F, C. Douglas-Roberts||5.5||2.9||C. Brewer||12.1||2.6|
|F, J. McRoberts||7.7||5.5||K. Love||26.4||13.3|
|C, A. Jefferson||17.0||10.1||N. Pekovic||16.0||9.3|
Matchup to Watch
Kevin Love vs. Josh McRoberts/Cody Zeller: Love is a legitimate candidate for league most valuable player. He’s second in scoring and rebounding, and averaging over four assists per game – an incredibly versatile player.
• The Bobcats are struggling as much as at any time this season. They have lost six of their past seven, including a 30-point loss at Portland and a 14-point home loss to a Washington Wizards team that should be their peer. They hope to get back small forwardMichael Kidd-Gilchrist
from a broken left hand early next week.
• The Timberwolves are in a race with the Dallas Mavericks and Phoenix Suns for the last two spots in the Western Conference playoffs. As strong as Minnesota’s Big Three (Love,Ricky Rubio
) is, this team gets little from the bench.
• Minnesota’sRick Adelman
is coaching his 23rd NBA season. He’s one of eight coaches to have won at least 1,000 NBA games joining, among others, former Bobcats coachLarry Brown
• The Timberwolves are 0-10 this season in games decided by four or fewer points.
• Wolves first-round pickShabazz Muhammad
has been sent to the Development League for playing time.
Did you know?
The Bobcats are 12-6 all-time versus the Timberwolves, their best such record against 29 NBA opponents. However, they’re 3-10 this season against the Western Conference.