Minnesota Timberwolves: 3 things to watch vs. San Antonio Spurs

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Minnesota Timberwolves, Robert Covington

CLEVELAND, OH – NOVEMBER 26: Robert Covington #33 of the Minnesota Timberwolves. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

The Minnesota Timberwolves return home to look for a fourth-straight win as they play host the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night at Target Center.

In case you hadn’t heard, the Minnesota Timberwolves are 6-2 since trading All-Star Jimmy Butler.

And some folks think chemistry doesn’t matter.

Of course, getting two solid rotation players — one of whom is a legitimate defensive star — helps, too. And both new additions have been playing well as some of the existing Wolves players have simply been playing how they did for much of last season instead of the flat play that plagued the squad on their 4-9 start to the current campaign.

Indeed, the Wolves have won six of eight games and three in a row, and return home to face a 10-10 Spurs squad that defeated the Wolves back on opening night, exactly five weeks prior to Wednesday’s showdown.

Of course, that Minnesota squad had a prominent malcontent in the starting lineup who is no longer with the team.

For their part, the Spurs are sans Pau Gasol due to injury, who played an effective 23 minutes off the bench in the first meeting.

Outside of a four-game burst shortly after the start of the season that was followed by a 1-5 stretch, the Spurs have been decidedly average. They’ve struggled of late, however, only beating the five-win Bulls by a single point on Monday and losing three out of four prior to that.

In the first matchup between the Wolves and Spurs, Karl-Anthony Towns fouled out in just 22 minutes and only managed eight points and nine rebounds. Despite continuing to battle with foul trouble at times through the first quarter of the schedule, Towns has played much better of late, averaging 22.8 points and 13.8 rebounds over his last five games.

Let’s take a look at a few things to look out for in Wednesday night’s Wolves-Spurs matchup.

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