Apr 3, 2012; Memphis, TN, USA; Golden State Warriors small forward Richard Jefferson (44) during the second half against the Memphis Grizzlies at the FedEx Forum. The Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Golden State Warriors 98-94. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-US PRESSWIRE

Injured Playoff Hopefuls To Meet In Downtown Minneapolis

Tonight starting at 8:00 PM ET most basketball fans would be tuned into ESPN watching the two teams (Heat and Thunder) that are expected to play in this year’s NBA Finals. But I think I would rather watch two teams who, as of now, are desperately trying to enter the playoff picture. Unfortunately both teams are slowly disappearing from contention because of recent woes and unlucky injuries throughout the season.

The Warriors head into Target Center with a six-game losing streak including 8 of their last 10 games. The Wolves aren’t doing that bad themselves. The Wolves are currently on a three-game losing streak including 7 of their last 10 games.

The Timberwolves are 5 games behind number 8 seeded Houston Rockets and the Warriors are two games separated from the Timberwolves. A Wolves win would widen the gap between Golden State and Minnesota but it still wouldn’t make Minnesota’s chances of making the playoffs bigger with Phoenix and Utah, who are just a game behind the Rockets, coming off wins recently. But still, a Timberwolves win would still be a good thing, especially for MVP-candidate Kevin Love, who are trying to mold as a team even without Rubio in preparation for next year’s full regular season.

The Wolves were basically on their way to an NBA post-season appearance but an injury to Ricky Rubio brought not only the Timberwolves down, but the entire state of Minnesota. An injury to JJ Barea this whole season has also been shown it’s effects on the Timberwolves. Injuries have just been dismantling the Wolves’ post season dreams. Same goes with Golden State. The Warriors traded one of their best scorers in Monta Ellis for Andrew Bogut, who is a slightly above average center, but unfortunately is injured. Their other scorer as well in Stephen Curry is also dealing with his own injury which has kept coming back and forth to him this entire season and the Warriors look depleted like never before.

This game would be pretty much a solid game to watch with the fact that both teams are currently on losing streaks and struggling with injuries. Though it sounds like it will be a boring game, keep in mind there’s a pretty good match-up in the power forward position between Kevin Love and David Lee. Lee just a few year’s ago was starting to develop into a great and consistent power forward just like Kevin Love today.

Winner: Timberwolves, mainly because of how good the Wolves play at home and that the Warriors are not a very good road team. Goodluck Mark Jackson!

April 02, 2012; Sacramento, CA, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love (42) passes the ball against Sacramento Kings small forward Donte Greene (20) during the fourth quarter at Power Balance Pavilion. The Sacramento Kings defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 116-108. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-US PRESSWIRE

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