Dec 7, 2013; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan (21) reacts on the bench during the second half against the Indiana Pacers at AT

Game 23 Preview: Wolves (11-11) @ Spurs (17-4)

The San Antonio Spurs have gone 1-2 since their game against the Minnesota Timberwolves was postponed last Wednesday in Mexico City, Mexico. The Spurs lost 111-100 in San Antonio to the Indiana Pacers last Saturday before heading to Toronto and Milwaukee and thrashing the Raptors and Bucks Tuesday and Wednesday.

Spurs probable starting lineup:

PG Tony Parker

SG Danny Green

SF Kawhi Leonard

PF Jeff Ayres

C Tim Duncan

Tiago Splitter injured his left calf during the Spurs loss to the Pacers, playing only 8 minutes and not a minute since. If he’s unable to play against the Wolves, Jeff Ayres, who grabbed 10 rebounds in 25 scoreless minutes of garbage time against the Bucks, will start beside Duncan, keeping backup bigs Matt Bonner and Boris Diaw together on the second unit.

Wolves probable starting lineup:

PG Ricky Rubio

SG Kevin Martin

SF Corey Brewer

PF Kevin Love

C Nikola Pekovic

The front court matchups will leave either Love or Pek with not-Duncan guarding him. This could be beneficial for the Wolves. Not that it seems to matter who is guarding Pek lately — over his last five games Pek is averaging 20 points and nine rebounds on 53% shooting from the field. Aron Baynes could see some time. (Cuz, y’know, he’s big.)

Healthy matchups between the Spurs and Wolves haven’t happened in some time. The Spurs have either rested key starters or the Wolves have been ravaged by injuries. Rubio’s defense on Tony Parker and limiting the Spurs three-point shooting are key to stopping the Spurs half-court offense. Captain obvious mansplains the Spurs, I know, but c’mon.

Looking to go to the game?  You can find T-wolves vs. Spurs tickets here.

This probably won’t happen tonight, but fond memories are meant to be enjoyed…

 

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