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Timberwolves vs. Spurs First Half Game Thread

Welcome to Mexico City for Wolves vs. Spurs.

Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Spurs "at" Wolves
8:30 pm Central

The more I think about this, the less I understand it. Never mind the costs to the Wolves having to sell a home game; it's annoying, but whatever. Not having the Spurs come to Target is also annoying, but again, let's move past it.

Here's what I don't get: what kind of "global initiative" or "building the international profile of the league" is a one-off game on a random Wednesday night in December?

Seriously, how does this help? You want to do something, do it. Bring four or eight teams down for four days or even a week and play a series of games, really market the enterprise, make it an event, like a little all-star weekend where the NBA can show its stuff.

Here we are with one game where both teams will get out of town as fast as possible, and...what? What gets accomplished here?

Meanwhile, this is your first half game thread. Here is a link to Pounding The Rock.

No pics, no gifs, no illegal streams.

Expected lineups:


Tony Parker
Danny Green
Kawhi Leonard
Tim Duncan
Boris Diaw


Ricky Rubio
Kevin Martin
Corey Brewer
Kevin Love
Nikola Pekovic

Tiago Splitter is out for the Spurs.

2nd Half game thread will be posted at 9:45 central.