2012 NBA schedule: Timberwolves look to end skid against Kings, Clippers

Craig Mitchelldyer-US PRESSWIRE

The Minnesota Timberwolves look to get off the schneid against the Sacramento Kings and Los Angeles Clippers this week in two mid-week road games.

After starting the season 5-2, the Minnesota Timberwolves have lost five straight games to drop near the bottom of the Western Conference standings.

Kevin Love returned from injury for the Wolves last week and picked right up where he left off last season, averaging 24.3 points and 14.0 rebounds in his three games played. However, the results have not changed for Minnesota. Currently in the middle of a four-game road trip, the T-Wolves look to right the ship against the Sacramento Kings and Los Angeles Clippers in two upcoming mid-week games:

Minnesota Timberwolves at Sacramento Kings, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 10:00 p.m. ET, Fox Sports North

The Kings stand at 4-9 on the season and near the bottom of the NBA in almost every statistical category. DeMarcus Cousins leads the team in scoring, with 16.1 points per game, and rebounding with 9.6 per game, but Tyreke Evans is averaging only 3.6 assists per game and shooting 21-percent from behind the arc. Minnesota's strong defense and rebounding should be a big advantage in Tuesday's contest.

Minnesota Timberwolves at Los Angeles Clippers, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 10:30 p.m. ET, TNT

Last year's matchup between the Timberwolves and Clippers was a back-and-forth instant classic, ending in a Kevin Love buzzer-beater three to win, 101-98. Unfortunately, there is no Ricky Rubio this time around, but there is still Love and there is a very good Clippers team. Chris Paul and company finished up their road trip on a sour note, losing the final three games to the Thunder, Nets and Hawks, but were 8-2 prior to that skid. Now they return home to capture the success they carried through the first 10 games of the season.

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