The Minnesota Timberwolves will compete for the second consecutive night when they visit the Miami Heat on Tuesday. Minnesota fell to the Orlando Magic on Monday, which snapped the T-Wolves' four-game winning streak. Despite the loss, Minnesota must have been encouraged by Kevin Love's 10-for-20 shooting. The team's leading scorer and rebounder is shooting just 36.2 percent from the field this season, which is very low compared to his career mark of 45.2.
Miami's defense has shown signs of improvement lately, which may be bad news for Love and the Timberwolves. The Heat have held opponents to an average of 87.8 points in their last four contests. On the season, Miami has allowed 98.1 points per game, which is fourth-worst in the Eastern Conference. Still, the Heat offense has not struggled to put up huge point totals. They currently lead the East with an average of 103.1 points scored per game.
The Miami defense will have an easier time on Tuesday because Minnesota point guard Ricky Rubio is unlikely to play. The team is easing him back into action, so they will probably not allow him to play on back-to-back nights.
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
TV: FSN, NBATV