Tim's Game Preview: Los Angeles Clippers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves

Minnesota Timberwolves (25-34) vs. Los Angeles Clippers (35-23) at Target Center

Kevin Love may have played his last game of the 2011-12 season. While Love was diagnosed with a mild concussion and neck strain, and is expected to fly back to Minnesota today, he is expected to be further evaluated by the medical staff over the next few days. Given that the Wolves have nothing left to play for this season, is there much sense in playing him during the last six games?

Unfortunately, this means that Wolves' fans will have to watch Love-less basketball, starting with tonight's game against the Los Angeles Clippers. The Wolves won the first three games of the series, but the Clippers are still fighting for the Pacific Division crown, so they should have extra motivation to win tonight. They defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder last night 100-98 in OKC.

More than one player is going to have to step up tonight in order for the Wolves to win and snap a 23 game losing streak in the month of April.

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Chris Paul has made the Los Angeles Clippers a legitimate contender this season.

Projected Starting Lineups

C: Nikola Pekovic vs. DeAndre Jordan
PF: Derrick Williams vs. Blake Griffin
SF: Wesley Johnson vs. Caron Butler
SG: Martell Webster vs. Randy Foye
PG: J.J. Barea vs. Chris Paul

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I hope Michael Beasley gets big minutes for the rest of the season. That way, he can show any Wolves fan who is still on the fence about resigning him that Minnesota is better off without Be Easy.

Last 5 Games

Minnesota Timberwolves (5th in Northwest, 17 1/2 behind OKC; 12th in West, 7 1/2 behind DEN)

Mon, Apr 2: Loss at Sacramento 108-116
Wed, Apr 4: Loss vs. Golden State 94-97
Sat, Apr 7: Loss at New Orleans 90-99
Mon, Apr 9: Loss vs. Phoenix 90-114
Wed, Apr 11: Loss at Denver 107-113

Los Angeles Clippers (2nd in Pacific, 1 1/2 behind LAL; 4th in West, 7 behind OKC)

Wed, Apr 4: Loss vs. LA Lakers 108-113
Thu, Apr 5: Win at Sacramento 93-85
Sat, Apr 7: Win vs. Sacramento 109-94
Mon, Apr 9: Loss at Memphis 85-94
Wed, Apr 11: Win at Oklahoma City 100-98

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Minnesota Timberwolves trainer Gregg Farnam (left) has had his work cut out for him this season.

Injuries

Minnesota Timberwolves

Wayne Ellington - Probable with back spasms

Kevin Love - Out indefinitely with a mild concussion/neck strain

Darko Milicic - Out indefinitely with a strained right hamstring

Luke Ridnour - Out indefinitely with a sprained right ankle

Ricky Rubio - Out for the remainder of the season

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I'm not going to lie. I kind of want to see a Blake Griffin poster tonight. Preferably on Wesley Johnson.

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