It’s always rare to see the Timberwolves on ESPN. Well, that’s because in the past two regular seasons, the Timberwolves were the worst team in the NBA. Later tonight, Target Center will be only basketball sports arena broadcasted across the United States. The Wolves tonight look to end their five-game losing streak against Steve Nash and the rejuvinated Phoenix Suns.The Wolves’ chances of making the playoffs are getting slimmer and slimmer after each day as the teams ahead of them continue to win while the Wolves continue to slump. The Suns’ chances, however, of making the playoffs for the first time since the departure of Amar’e Stoudemire, is still thick as they are just a game behind the #8 seeded Denver Nuggets.
This nationally broadcasted match-up is a showcase of a former two time league MVP point guard in Steve Nash leading his team into Minneapolis against current league MVP candidate and should be MVP, power forward Kevin Love. In their first meeting of the season the Suns cruised their way to a 104-95 where Steve Nash notched a double double with 13 pointss and 17 assists. As for Love, he had a below-average double double with 23 points and just 10 rebounds. Yes, it looks good but we all know Love can do better than that which is possibly why the Wolves lost that game. In their second game of the season however, even though Kevin Love didn’t reach a double double, Love still managed to put up 30 points. With the help of Pekovic’ 24 points and 8 rebounds, the Wolves were able to escape the desert with a 127-124 victory.
Tonight, the Wolves look to play playoff spoilers to the Suns who are on the brink of making the NBA playoffs once again. The Wolves, before the season-ending injury to Ricky Rubio, were a playoff bounded team and were in the race together with the Suns. But for tonight, the Wolves won’t look at this game as a playoff seeding game, but as a spoiler game and a losing streak ending game.
It’s a battle of two teams located in two very distinct cities. Minneapolis, one of the coldest cities in the United State. Phoenix, one of the hottest cities in the United States. Two teams will battle it out on a national level. For the Wolves, it will be a rare appearance on national television and they look to show everyone that they can still manage to win games without Ricky Rubio. For the Suns, it will be an opportunity for Steve Nash to showcase to the nation that he is still one of the best point guards in the NBA and that he is making a good decision by staying in Phoenix in hope of winning that first illusive NBA championship. This game is certainly something to watch.
The match-up to watch will be between Kevin Love and Marcin Gortat down low. Outside it will be interesting to watch small point guards JJ Barea go one-on-one with Steve Nash.
Prediction: Suns leave Minnesota with a win.
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