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Wolves Week: From Lazy To Crazy

The last time we saw the Wolves on the basketball court was last Tuesday, when they were getting pasted by Blake Griffin and the Los Angeles Clippers. We'll see if the long layoff has done anything for the team, as this week they have four contests to partake in.

The action starts tonight at the Target Center as the Wolves return home to take on the Houston Rockets. The Rockets are currently in fifth place in the NBA's Southwest Division with a 20-25 record, which is markedly better than the Timberwolves, who sit in fifth in the Northwest Division at 10-33. The Wolves and Rockets have only gotten together once this year, and it was a rather ugly one for the Timberwolves, as they got blown out in Houston to the tune of 120-94. The game is scheduled to tip off at 7:00 PM Central time, and you'll be able to catch all the action on Fox Sports North.

After that, the Wolves will host the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night. The Thunder are leading the Northwest Division with a record of 28-15. This will be the third time these two teams have gotten together, and the Wolves are still looking for their first victory of the year over Oklahoma City. The Thunder defeated the Timberwolves in the OKC on November 22 by a score of 117-107, and also defeated the Wolves at the Target Center on December 8, 111-103.  Opening tip for this one is also scheduled for 7:00 PM Central, and you can again catch all the action on Fox Sports North.

On Friday night, the Wolves will hit the road to Salt Lake City to take on the Utah Jazz, who are currently in second place in the Northwest Division with a 27-17 mark. This will be the second time these two teams have played each other this season, and Utah currently leads the season series 1-0 after a 112-107 victory over the Wolves at the Target Center back on December 22. This one will get underway a little bit later, with festivities slated to get underway at 8:00 PM Central time, and this game will be televised on My 29.

To cap off the week, the Wolves will turn around and play again on Saturday night at the Target Center, as the team will play host to the Toronto Raptors. Toronto has been pretty bad this year as well. . .although still better, record-wise, than the Timberwolves. . .with a record of 13-31 parking them in fourth place in the NBA's Atlantic Division. These two teams have not played one another yet this season. There is no local television coverage of this game, either.

If you can't get to a TV wherever you're at, all of these games will also be available on KFAN-AM 1130 for your listening pleasure.

There's your week in Wolves basketball, ladies and gentlemen. Four big match-ups for the Wolves, and with three of them at home, hopefully they can pull a couple out.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.