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Timberwolves at Clippers: Game #17

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The Wolves and Clippers both head into this game with 8-8 records. I would not have predicted that at the beginning of the season.

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Wolves at Clippers

2:30 pm CST

FS North

Just a quick game thread today as I am on a plane heading back to Madison as you read this. The Wolves and Clippers are both 8-8 and tied for 6th place in the Western Conference, things I would not have predicted prior to the season. The Clippers are led by their three stars, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and DeAndre Jordan, all of whom have performed well this season, but the team has struggled badly defensively and especially on the boards, and several players who they were counting on to bolster their bench have disappointed thus far. Paul Pierce, Lance Stevenson, and Josh Smith have all been poor so far, and their 2nd unit has struggled badly.

The Wolves come in off three straight wins, including their first in forever without Ricky Rubio on Friday night in Sacramento. Rubio's availability for today's game remains unknown, as does the availability of Nemanja Bjelica who has missed the last three with a sore knee. This is yet another challenging match up for Karl-Anthony Towns, against DeAndre Jordan, who has done business against the Wolves in the past.

Expected Lineups

Clippers

Chris Paul

J.J. Redick

Wesley Johnson (!)

Blake Griffin

DeAndre Jordan

Wolves

Zach LaVine

Kevin Martin

Andrew Wiggins

Kevin Garnett

Karl-Anthony Towns

Our blogging buddies are over at Clips Nation. Be excellent.

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Enjoy. Chat. Go.