UPDATE: Wolves Radio reports via Twitter that Kurt Rambis has decided to start Anthony Tolliver at power forward for tonight’s game. Citing the fact that they’ll need some mobility to guard Channing Frye (UPDATE: Wed., April 6th, 2011 6:13p.m.)
UPDATE: Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune has said via Twitter that Darko is back. Darko Milicic will be back tonight versus the Suns at the Target Center and he’s expected to start. (UPDATE: Wed., April 6th 2011 5:56p.m.)
Tonight the Minnesota Timberwolves come into this game against the Phoenix Suns riding an 11-game losing streak (the longest losing-streak of the season for the Wolves). There most recent loss coming last night on a 107-105 loss to the New Jersey Nets, so has been the case all season long for the young Wolves, their record sitting at a disappointing 17-61.
They’ll be facing Steve Nash and Co. at the Target Center as they look to snap the streak. The Phoenix Suns are out of the playoffs, but they’ll be doing anything but rolling over and dying, especially against the Wolves.
Neither of these teams are known for their defensive prowess, so the Wolves are going to need to match the Suns high-powered, high-octane offense.
As reported in a previous post, both Darko Milicic and Kevin Love are currently nursing injuries. Love is listed as doubtful for the game with a groin injury, whereas Darko Milicic is listed as questionable with an ankle sprain. If they can’t go, I’d expect the Wolves to put out a similar lineup as they have the past two games vs. Memphis and New Jersey: G: Ridnour, Ellington F: Johnson, Beasley C: Pekovic. The Suns will counter, most likely, with: G: Nash, Hill F: Dudley, Frye C: Gortat.
The Timberwolves will need a big game out of Michael Beasley if they want to compete. Beasley had an ultra-impressive game against the New Jersey Nets last night, starting at the power forward, scoring 20 points, grabbing 11 rebounds and dishing out 7 assists, almost obtaining that triple-double. Wesley Johnson also needs to step up and produce for the Wolves as he continues to struggle on the offensive end. If the Wolves’ bench can continue to produce, they’ll be in good shape to compete, last night against the Nets, Randolph, Webster and Tolliver combined for 50 points off the pine!
The Suns will be lead by their incredibly talented point guard Steve Nash. They’ll need to slow him down and close down passing lanes to try and stop him, but at times it will seem futile. Gortat is also a big boost down in the low post. Against either Milicic or Pekovic, the Wolves’ centers will have their work cut out for them against the “Polish Hammer”!
Tipoff is set for 7pmCT from the Target Center in Minneapolis MN. A full-gameday recap can be found on this site following the final horn. Thanks for reading and GO WOLVES!