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The Minnesota Timberwolves (2-5) play a rare Sunday afternoon game at the Washington Wizards (0-7) which will give them a few extra hours of rest since this will be the first of three games in three days for the Wolves.
Following the game in Washington, Minnesota will travel to Toronto to play the Raptors on Monday and then head back home to host the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday. This all thanks to the NBA lockout-shortened season.
The Timberwolves arrive in Washington following two disappointing home losses to Memphis and Cleveland. Minnesota's early schedule has been tough but the team had shown some strong play and wins over Dallas and San Antonio seemed to indicate they just might gain some traction for more wins.
It appears youth will continue to cause consistency problems for Minnesota who desperately need some consistent support for Kevin Love who has been a monster, averaging 26.1 points and 14.9 rebounds per game.
The Wizards know all about youth and inconsistency as they have struggled to put together a 48-minute effort all season and remain winless. The Wizards have four players averaging double figures but their young front-court players, JaVale McGee (12.9 ppg, 9.9 rpg) and Andray Blatche (12.4 ppg, 6.9 rpg) have seen their production fluctuate from game to game.
John Wall remains a dynamic presence on the court who should draw plenty of attention from Minnesota's defense. Wall is averaging 15 points, 7 assists and 4 rebounds per game.