Tim's Game Preview: Minnesota Timberwolves at Detroit Pistons

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He's back.

Minnesota Timberwolves (25-38) vs. Detroit Pistons 23-39) at the Palace of Auburn Hills

The Detroit Pistons won by 39 on Tuesday night over the Cleveland Cavaliers. At one point, they were up 100-50.

The Pistons lost by 32 on Wednesday night against the Atlanta Hawks. At one point, they were down 72-42.

Which version of the Pistons will be playing the Timberwolves tonight?

Also, Kevin Love isn't playing tonight, but he's already been player of the game with that mustache.

If you're looking for a starting NBA wing player who is worse than Wesley Johnson, look no further...

Projected Starting Lineups

C: Nikola Pekovic vs. Greg Monroe
PF: Derrick Williams vs. Jason Maxiell
SF: Wesley Johnson vs. Austin Daye
SG: Martell Webster vs. Rodney Stuckey
PG: J.J. Barea vs. Brandon Knight

It seems like a long time since the Wolves had something to celebrate. They've lost 27 in a row in April and 11 straight this season.

Last 5 Games

Minnesota Timberwolves (5th in Northwest, 20 1/2 behind OKC; 12th in West, 8 behind UTA)

Wed, Apr 11: Loss at Denver 107-113
Thu, Apr 12: Loss vs. LA Clippers 82-95
Sat, Apr 14: Loss vs. Oklahoma City 110-115
Mon, Apr 16: Loss at Indiana 88-111
Tue, Apr 17: Loss vs. Memphis 84-91

Detroit Pistons (4th in Central, 24 behind CHI; 10th in East, 9 behind PHI)

Thu, Apr 12: Win at Charlotte 109-85
Fri, Apr 13: Loss vs. Milwaukee 97-113
Sun, Apr 15: Loss vs. Chicago 94-100 (OT)
Tue, Apr 17: Win vs. Cleveland 116-77
Wed, Apr 18: Loss at Atlanta 84-116

It is still not for certain whether Kevin Love will play again before the end of this season.

Injuries

Minnesota Timberwolves

Kevin Love - Out indefinitely with concussion symptoms and a strained neck

Darko Milicic - Out indefinitely with a strained right hamstring

Luke Ridnour - Out indefinitely with a sprained right ankle

Ricky Rubio - Out for remainder of the season

Detroit Pistons

No significant injuries

It feels a little strange to actively root for the Utah Jazz.

Utah Watch

The Utah Jazz defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 112-91 last night. Meanwhile, Phoenix lost to Oklahoma City, Houston lost to Dallas and Denver lost to the LA Clippers.

As a result, the Jazz moved into the 8th playoff spot. With three games left to play - all at home against Orlando, Phoenix and Portland - they are 2 games behind Dallas (6th), 1 1/2 behind Denver (7th) and 1/2 game ahead of both Phoenix and Houston.

Tonight, Houston is at New Orleans and Phoenix is at home against the Clippers. Utah does not play again until Saturday.

Lawrence Frank has had a positive impact in Detroit. Of course, John Kuester set the bar incredibly low.

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