Cavaliers ( 28-20) @ Timberwolves (8-38)
For the Cleveland Cavaliers,this trip to Twin Cities is just another game on their winning streak, but according to Minnesota this is “The Game We’ve Been Waiting For”. Cleveland now 8 games over .500 and threatening to overtake Chicago in the division, has a much better outlook on the season than Minnesota. Minnesota quietly has overtaken the worst record in the NBA. This is big game for T-Wolves rookie Wiggins and Cavs veteran Kevin Love.
Here are some things you need to know before watching:
Game Time and TV:
Cleveland Cavaliers at Minnesota Timberwolves- Target Center
Game Start 8:00 P.M. EST. Cavs TV: Fox Sports Ohio. T-Wolves TV: Fox Sports North
Projected Starting Lineups
PG: Kyrie Irving: 22.1 PPG, 5.2 APG, 3.1 RPG, 46.9 % FG
SG: J.R. Smith: 12.0 PPG, 3.0 APG, 2.6 RPG, 40.4 % FG
SF: LeBron James: 26.2 PPG, 7.3 APG, 5.5 RPG, 49.1 % FG
PF: Kevin Love: 17.2 PPG, 2.3 APG, 10.3 RPG, 42.7 % FG
C: Timofey Mozgov: 8.8 PPG, 0.4 APG, 8.0 RPG, 51.4 % FG
PG: Zach Lavine: 8.2 PPG, 3.4 APG, 2.2 RPG, 41.7 % FG
SG: Andrew Wiggins: 15.1 PPG, 1.8 APG, 4.2 RPG, 42.9 % FG
SF: Thaddeus Young: 14.1 PPG, 2.9 APG, 5.0 RPG, 43.6 % FG
PF: Gorgui Dieng: 10.1 PPG, 2.2 APG, 8.7 RPG, 49.9 % FG
C: Nikola Pekovic: 12.6 PPG, 0.9 APG, 7.0 RPG, 43.7% FG
Matchup to watch for:
Although not at the same position, Andrew Wiggins and Kevin Love are both looking to prove they are the best for the team they are on. Wiggins a young product out of Canada wants to show that he is worth the hype, and what team better to show that than the Cavaliers. Kevin Love, a seasoned veteran, wants to show that he’s better off in Cleveland. Although at this point the Timberwolves season is practically already lost, they still have things to prove especially Wiggins. Should be a spectacle with a lot of boos towards Love.
- Brendan Haywood: Day to Day
- Mo Williams: Day to Day
- Kevin Martin returns to line-up for his 3rd game after missing previous 34 games.
- T-Wolves still without point guard Ricky Rubio.
- First game in Cleveland for Andrew Wiggins.
- First game back in Minnesota since trade for Kevin Love.
- Cavaliers on 9 game winning streak.
- Coming into game, rumors say possible return to Cleveland for Mo Williams.