The Minnesota Timberwolves will kick off the NBA season's second half with four games, three of which will take place in the confines of the Target Center. Hopefully this will give them an opportunity to improve on their dismal 13-43 record, which has them firmly entrenched in last place in the Northwest Division.
The first order of business, however, is the week's first road game, which will take place in Milwaukee on Tuesday night as the Wolves attempt to sweep the 2010-2011 season series from the Milwaukee Bucks. Milwaukee is in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff chase with a 21-34 mark. . .yes, in the East, this passes for playoff caliber. . .that puts them in third place in the NBA's Central Division. As stated earlier, these teams have already met one time this season, and the Timberwolves came away with a 96-85 victory back on Oct. 29. Tipoff in Milwaukee is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Central time, and you'll be able to watch all the action on Fox Sports North.
Then, the Wolves will return home for those three consecutive home games, the first of which will come against the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night. The Grizzlies are currently 31-26 on the year, which puts them in fourth place in the NBA's Southwest Division, and have had their way with the Wolves in the two previous meetings between these teams. The Grizzlies beat the Wolves 109-89 in Memphis back on Oct. 30, and were victorious at the Target Center on Feb. 2 by a score of 102-84. Festivities at the Target Center are set to get underway at 7:00 p.m. Central time, and television coverage for this one will also be handled by Fox Sports North.
After taking Thursday night off, the Wolves will take to the court on Friday looking to complete a significantly more surprising series sweep, this one of the New Orleans Hornets, who are currently third in the Southwest Division with a record of 33-25. This will be the third and final meeting of the year between the Hornets and Wolves, and Minnesota has been victorious in both of the first two meetings. They got a 113-98 victory in Minnesota back on Dec. 27, and got one of their four road victories this season in the Big Easy on February 7 with a 104-92 victory. The coverage of this one will also begin at 7:00 PM Central, and the coverage for this one will shift over to My29.
The Wolves' week will conclude on Sunday as they host the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors are currently in third place in the NBA's Pacific Division with a 26-29 record, and have beaten the Wolves in both of the first two meetings these teams have had this year. The first came back on Nov. 27, as the Warriors were triumphant by a score of 104-94 in Minneapolis, and they were also victorious on Dec. 14 out on the West Coast by a score of 108-99. Tipoff time for this one is a little earlier, with things getting underway at the Target Center at 4:00 p.n. Central time, and the coverage on television will again be handled by Fox Sports North.
You can also hear all of these games on the radio by tuning your AM dial to KFAN-AM 1130.
And there's your weekly look at the Minnesota Timberwolves schedule. Enjoy, ladies and gentlemen!