The only thing separating the Minnesota Timberwolves from the is the T-Wolves' lone, buzzer beater, victory on opening night against ... you guessed it, the New Jersey Nets. Since October 28th the Wolves have dropped 13 straight including a 146-105 loss to the
Let's take a look at the particulars ...
Minnesota: 1-13 (key win: vs. New Jersey)
Denver: Chris Andersen is listed as day-to-day with his right knee tendinitis.
Minnesota: (broken left hand) is out.
Opposition's Take: Canis Hoopus
With Kevin Love on the shelf the T-Wolves are a much thinner team. Nuggets should be able to match the interior play and even have some advantages if they can get Jefferson into foul trouble. Hollins is an athletic big that is probably best remembered by Nuggets fans for his monster dunk and intense celebration in the playoffs (while he was a member of the ) when his team was down by roughly 142 points. Pecherov has the perfect name to be a future Denver Stiffs Hall-of-Famer and the haircut to go along with it, but on paper he actually looks pretty useful averaging 8.2 points and 4.6 rebounds in 16.8 minutes per game., and (7' 234 lbs) hold down the big man rotation, but the
I'm interested to see how high scoring rookiestacks up against Denver's Law-son, how is maturing and if is truly a good signing or a desperation move made by a team who blew the draft pick (for now anyway).
I suppose we should be thanking the T-Wolves more than anything ... after all they did gift wrap Ty Lawson for us on draft night.
And speaking of gift-wrapped ... the Blazers have already earned three wins against the Wolves by the following scores: 116-93, 107-84 and 106-78. So, would it be too much of a favor to hand the Nuggets an easy game tonight as well Minnesota?
The Nuggets would be very Thankful during this holiday season.
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