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Flying Into the Sun: Minnesota (18-18) at Phoenix (14-20)


The Timberwolves rock and roll into the desert in Arizona to hopefully make it two of three after the All-Star Break.

Last night the Wolves, minus All-Star forward Kevin Love, got flattened by the Lakers a day after rocking the Clippers in the very same venue. It’s the second three game stretch for the Wolves this year with their last stretch ending at home against the Bulls.

The Suns are far from the talent the Bulls possess which means the Wolves should have little issue dismantling Phoenix.

The only trouble may come from Steve Nash but it will be the most interesting matchup of the night.

It wasn’t half a calendar year ago that the Wolves were heavily rumored to have been in the market to acquire Nash so he can mentor the young Spaniard Ricky Rubio. Tonight’s game will see Nash take on Rubio and his would-be mentor J.J. Barrera and third head Luke Ridinour.

Nash will show Rubio a few things tonight — be sure of that.

Rubio is still coming along defensively and Nash could exploit that on even a bad night. There will be mentoring in Phoenix between Nash and Rubio but it will come in the form of Rubio getting his defensive flaws pointed out.

Love Returns

Kevin Love is expected back tonight after missing last night with flu-like symptoms. Without Love the Wolves didn’t have a pulse which is needed if they want to make a playoff run.

Love doesn’t even have to always perform up to standards which was well proven in the win against the Clippers Tuesday. Love didn’t get a double-double but the Wolves still managed to mount a massive comeback behind Derrick Williams and (surprisingly) Michael Beasley.

With Love back the Wolves will be able to be a dynamic team again which is actually not what can be said about most teams in the NBA. It’s been proven throughout the NBA that if a team loses it’s superstar they falter.

The Wolves have power and with Love able to ease back into his groove against a subpar opponent in Phoenix the Wolves can really start to gear up for a serious second half playoff run.