Tim's Game Preview: Game 55, Sacramento Kings

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Mr. Irrelevant, Isaiah Thomas, has won back-to-back Rookie of the Month awards.

Minnesota Timberwolves (25-29) vs. Sacramento Kings (18-34) at Power Balance Pavilion

Dreams of the playoffs in Minnesota this season all but came to an end last night in Portland. After putting up a good fight for much of the year, the injuries and the awfulness of much of the roster is finally taking over. The Wolves are 3 1/2 games back of Houston with 12 games remaining on the schedule.

Those 12 games?

Road games at Sacramento, New Orleans, Denver, Indiana and Detroit.

Home games against Golden State (twice), Phoenix, LA Clippers, Oklahoma City, Memphis and Denver.

Kevin Love has been Herculean in the month of March, and Luke Ridnour has played very solid, but even those efforts are not enough to carry the Wolves into the postseason this year. Tonight against the Sacramento Kings, however, they can at least grab another win.

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Tyreke Evans won a Rookie of the Year award. He also drove a getaway car in a fatal drive-by shooting. People seem to have forgotten both.

Projected Starting Lineups

C: Kevin Love vs. DeMarcus Cousins
PF: Derrick Williams vs. Jason Thompson
SF: Wesley Johnson vs. Marcus Thornton
SG: Martell Webster vs. Tyreke Evans
PG: Luke Ridnour vs. Isaiah Thomas

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J.J. Hickson is averaging 20.6 points and 8.2 rebounds per-36 in six games with the Portland Trail Blazers. His PER in Portland is 24.1. Sacramento cut him on March 21st.

Last 5 Games

Minnesota Timberwolves (5th in Northwest, 16 behind OKC; 12th in West, 3 1/2 behind HOU)

Sun, Mar 25: Win vs. Denver 117-110
Tue, Mar 27: Loss at Memphis 86-93
Wed, Mar 28: Win at Charlotte 88-83
Fri, Mar 30: Loss vs. Boston 79-100
Sun, Apr 1: Loss at Portland 106-119

Sacramento Kings (5th in Pacific, 14 1/2 behind LAL; 14th in West, 9 1/2 behind HOU)

Sat, Mar 24: Loss at Golden State 108-111
Mon, Mar 26: Loss at Houston 106-113 (OT)
Wed, Mar 28: Loss vs. San Antonio 112-117
Fri, Mar 30: Win at Utah 104-103
Sat, Mar 31: Loss vs. New Jersey 99-111

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J.J. Barea's uniform for this season.

Injuries

Minnesota Timberwolves

J.J. Barea - Out with a bruised right thigh

Michael Beasley - Questionable with a sprained left big toe

Nikola Pekovic - Questionable with bone spurs

Ricky Rubio - Out for remainder of the season

Sacramento Kings

John Salmons - Doubtful with a sore right hip

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Get excited now for the Alonzo Gee Era of Timberwolves basketball.

Noteworthy Stats

  • In three matchups between the Kings and Timberwolves this season, DeMarcus Cousins has failed to play more than 25 minutes in any of them. He has totaled 29 points, 16 rebounds and 13 fouls.
  • Isaiah Thomas, drafted 60th overall in 2011, has a WS/48 of .118. That would be good enough for 3rd place on the Timberwolves, behind only Kevin Love and Nikola Pekovic
  • The Timberwolves have not won a game in the month of April since April 8, 2009. Since the '05/'06 season, the Wolves record in April is 11-41

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Rick Adelman has been terrific this season, but he isn't a miracle worker.

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