Target Center Reunion: Suns at Timberwolves Preview


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Look who’s back!

Where: Target Center

When: 7pm

See It: FSN

Hear It: WCCO AM 830

I know what you want to talk about with the Suns. And I’m going to give it to you, but you’re just going to have to wait for it. It’s not like I can talk a ton about a team that is 11-19,  and one game ahead of the Kings in their division, anyway. Tonight is really a matchup of two teams looking to get back on the right track, since the Suns are on a four game losing streak and the Wolves have lost two in a row in unspectacular fashion, looking for redemption at home.

You should probably know about Goran Dragic and Marcin Gortat, who provide for some fun pick ‘n’ rolls, and are probably the Suns’ two best players. Well, that’s if Dragic plays, who missed Friday’s game against Indiana with a bruised hip and wrist. Pekovic is also questionable, which would leave much of the paint for Gortat.

We’ll also be keeping an eye on Ricky Rubio, Kevin Love, and Andrei Kirilenko to get going tonight after a few off games.

Now, the main event– the return of the former Timberwolves Wes Johnson, Mike Beasley, and Sebastian Telfair. Since signing with Phoenix, Beasley has lost his starting job posting a statline of 10-3-2, and struggling with his efficiency. While he’s struggled, he’s shown maturity in handling the benching, and looks like he’s trying.

Then there’s Wes, who’s averaging just 5.9 minutes per game on an obvious lottery team, and  appears to be struggling with all things basketball in the desert as he was here in the north.

Finally, there’s Sebastian Telfair. Or Bassy. Or Telly. Same thing, anyway. After the way he drug himself around on one foot for that horrible fifteen win ’11 Timberwolves team with Plantar’s Fasciitis because he was in a contract year, and was still their best point guard, I’m glad to see him in another job. He’s no longer stuck on the depth chart behind the Jonny Flynns of the NBA, and is getting some decent burn, 19 mpg. Yeah, his shot isn’t there from the floor, but he’s been an average three point shooter thus far.

Anyway, be nice. No booing, and have a good time, y’all.

Projected Starting Fives: 

Sebastian Telfair/Goran Dragic — PG — Luke Ridnour

Shannon Brown — SG — Alexey Shved

Jared Dudley — SF — Andrei Kirilenko

Luis Scola — PF — Kevin Love

Marcin Gortat — C — Nikola Pekovic