Timberwolves at Spurs First Half Game Thread

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The Wolves will try to make it three in a row in San Antonio tonight. Chat about the first half here.

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Wolves at Spurs
7:30 pm Central
Fox Sports North

Assuming the AT&T Center doesn't have a fire.

No Tiago Splitter or Aron Baynes tonight. Presumably Boris Diaw will start up front with Tim Duncan; the Spurs have called up Malcolm Thomas from the D-League.

A few things to watch for tonight:

  • Free Throws. These are two of the lowest fouling teams in the league. The difference is the Spurs don't get to the line, while the Wolves have to get free throws if they want to have a chance to win. Whether the Wolves can draw fouls is a big thing tonight.
  • Turnovers. The Spurs are middle of the pack in TOV%; the Wolves will need to force a good number.
  • Rebounding: The Spurs are one of the best defensive rebounding teams in the league (but don't go for offensive rebounds). The Wolves will have to overcome that to get some second chance points.
  • Depth. The Spurs calling card. Even with Splitter out, the Spurs have 10 guys available who currently sport WS/48 over .100. Wolves? 6. This is where the Spurs are clearly better.
  • Three Pointers: Spurs are shooting 40% from the arc. Getting out on their three point shooters is going to be essential. Danny Green, Marco Belinelli, Patty Mills, and Manu Ginobili are leading the way from behind the arc.
Expected Lineups

Spurs

Tony Parker
Danny Green
Kawhi Leonard
Tim Duncan
Boris Diaw (Or possibly Jeff Ayres)

Wolves


This is your first half thread. This is a link to Pounding The Rock. Be excellent to one another.

None of the things we don't allow, please.

Lets go Wolves.
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