When you're the youngest team in the NBA, as the Minnesota Timberwolves are, you're going to struggle to gain consistency. Such has been the case with the team in recent days, as they've dropped four consecutive games enroute to dropping further into the basement of the Northwest Division and the Western Conference. They'll get an opportunity to take the floor three times this week, and they'll be looking for their tenth win of the season. . .they've been stuck on nine for quite a while now. The fact that all three of their games this week are home games will probably help their chances a bit, considering that the team is a disastrous 2-19 away from Minneapolis this year (as opposed to a slightly less disastrous 7-10 at home).
The week starts out on Tuesday night at the Target Center with a game against one of the NBA's best teams, the San Antonio Spurs. San Antonio resides on top of the Northwest Division with an amazing 31-6 record, and they've beaten the Wolves in all three of their meetings this year, but the Wolves have hung tough in all three games. The three losses by the Wolves to the Spurs have come by four points (a 113-109 loss back on November 24), six points (a 107-101 decision on December 3), and three points (a 94-91 loss that happened just this past Sunday). This will be the last time that the Wolves see the Spurs this year. . .maybe they'll break through and give the Spurs an upset loss. Tip-off time for this one will be at 7:00 PM at the Target Center, and you'll be able to watch all of the action on Fox Sports North or listen to it on KFAN-AM 1130.
Minnesota will follow that up on Thursday night by hosting one of the NBA's worst teams. . .although I probably shouldn't toss that term around when talking about the Wolves. . .in the Washington Wizards. Washington sits in the basement of the NBA's Southeast division with a 9-26 record, and have yet to win a road game this year, currently sitting with an 0-18 record outside of the nation's capital. The Wolves and Wizards have not gotten together yet this season. The game is scheduled to get underway at 7:00 PM. . .I'm going to go out on a limb and proclaim that there are many good seats still available. . .or, if you don't want to head out to the Target Center, you can see the game on Fox Sports North or listen to it on KFAN.
The last game of the week will see the Wolves concluding their season series with the Orlando Magic. Orlando is in second place in the Southeast Division at the moment, owners of a 25-12 record. Minnesota and Orlando have played once this season, and it was nothing short of a complete thrashing by Dwight Howard and company, as they blasted the Wolves 128-86 back on November 3. Start time for this one is again at 7:00 PM Eastern, but the television coverage will shift to My29, and radio coverage will again be provided by KFAN.
It's an all-home game week for the Timberwolves this week. If you can get out to the Target Center, we encourage you to do so, but if you can't, now you have the when and the where for following all of this week's action.