The San Antonio Spurs square off against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night at Target Center. This will already be the second trip off the season to Minneapolis, with the first visit ending up in a win for the Timberwolves. The Timberwolves are coming off an impressive victory at Dallas on Wednesday night, when the Mavericks received their championship rings from the previous season. The Timberwolves are creeping back to .500 with an 8-10 record, and have two tough home games this weekend. The Timberwolves will play the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night.
Let’s take a look at some Deep Thoughts for tonights Spurs game:
- How will the new guys fit in? The Timberwolves will have two new options for tonight’s game, Martell Webster and Brad Miller. Both are expected to get limited minutes, but it will be interesting to see if either one looks ready to contribute significantly or otherwise. Personally, I’m going to be paying more attention to Webster. The Timberwolves are desperate for offense at the wing, and Wes Johnson looks like poor man’s Corey Brewer right now. Not good. Webster’s strength is scoring and provides good size at 6’7. He’s more of a small forward, but I have faith in him at the 2-guard also. Especially with the options we have. He’s only 25, still a chance for at least some type of breakout from him. It’s pretty unknown how much, if anything, Brad Miller has left in him. He seems to be providing value in the locker room with his veteran presence.
- Can the Timberwolves Stop The Red Rocket? The Spurs team possesses a deadly weapon from the outside, and his name is Matt Bonner. You can’t stop him, you can only hope to contain him. Blazing speed, blazing jump shot, blazing ‘do. He had 4 points last game versus the Timberwolves.
- The Timberwolves Starting 5. All 5 Timberwolves starters last game versus the Spurs scored in double figures. Can they repeat this again tonight? Depends on if Darko has woken up from his nap yet.
- Tim Duncan, how many board shots will he hit tonight? An absolute pure artist of the bank shot (and absolute pure nerd), Tim Duncan represents fundamentals and zero personality. The most boring superstar in NBA history will go for at least 2-4 bank shots tonight.
The Spurs are old and moldy, and the Timberwolves are playing well against good teams. I’m predicting a Timberwolves victory in this one, and a close loss to the Lakers on Sunday. If the Timberwolves win on Sunday, they will be the hottest Minnesota professional sports team in a long time. This is not saying much! The Wild are horrible, and no intelligent citezen pays attention to hockey anyways. The Vikings and Twins are coming off horrendous season. Now is the time to officially win back the fan base, and get back to .500 20 games into the season.