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Timberwolves Visit Mavericks Tonight Sans Kevin Love

The Minnesota Timberwolves will look a bit different — and not in a good way — as they begin their two-game road trip tonight with a game against the Dallas Mavericks. Instead of reliable employee No. 42, Kevin Love of the 53-game double-double streak, the Wolves will instead insert Anthony Randolph into the starting lineup.

Randolph, acquired at the trade deadline from the New York Knicks, will be making the 31st start of his career but just his first start this season. Thus far with the Wolves, Randolph is averaging 7.8 points and 3.8 rebounds in a bit more than 15 minutes per game.

On the other side of the spectrum, Peja Stojakovic is making a bit of a career resurgence with Dallas. In the veteran’s last game — his first since returning from injury — he shot 5-of-8 from beyond the arc to finish with 17 points in 19 minutes.

It won’t be easy without Love tonight, but I guess nothing is impossible.

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