Wolves at Nets
12:00 pm CST
The Wolves have an early start today in Brooklyn against a 7-19 Nets team that has lost four in a row.
The Nets rely on their front court, particularly center Brook Lopez, to generate points for them, but it has not worked very well and the Nets feature the 2nd worst offense in the league. They are dead last in 3PA, 3P%, and FTA, a brutal combination that leaves them gasping for points most nights.
Ex-Timberwolf Thaddeus Young is having a bounce back season, averaging over 15 and 9 per game, shooting over 50%, and setting a career high in defensive rebound rate. It's nice to see him doing well.
Beyond those two, however, the Nets have real trouble scoring, especially from the perimeter, where 34 year old Joe Johnson is really showing his age, and Jarrett Jack is not shooting the ball well.
Unfortunately, we won't get a look at the Nets' promising rookie Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, who is out injured.
The Wolves are coming off a home win vs. the Kings in which they led a close one most of the way and were able to finish in the last few minutes, something they have struggled with all year. Andrew Wiggins finally had a break out game at home, and hopefully he can carry that excellence on the road where he has been better all season. In particular, he rebounded and moved the ball very well against the Kings, things he often struggles to do, and things that will help the Wolves be successful.
Ricky Rubio seemed to bring even more energy and defensive goodness to the floor the last couple of games, and the switch back to Tayshaun Prince in the starting lineup seems to have helped for the moment.
This is the first of a road back to back for the Wolves, who head to Boston after the game for a Monday night tilt against the Celtics.
Our blogging buddies are over at NetsDaily. Be excellent.
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