Wolves at Cavs
6:00 pm CST
Somewhat surprisingly, the Wolves come into this one off a win while the Cavs come in off a loss. The Wolves used a transition game sharper than anything we've seen this season to beat the Grizzlies on Saturday at home, while the Cavs looked frankly horrible in a loss to the Bulls that was the debut of head coach Ty Lue.
We've all seen the upheaval in Cleveland with the firing of David Blatt when the team was 30-11 and atop the Eastern Conference, and the Cavs, despite indications that this was driven by and the desired outcome for the players, particularly LeBron James, looked out of sorts against the Bulls. .
Presumably they will come out tonight with a more focused effort in an attempt to get back on track, especially after Lue criticized their conditioning following the Bulls loss. This could be bad news for the Wolves, who have yet to beat the Cavs in three tries since The Trade.
On the other hand, the Wolves have looked distinctly more sprightly over the last week or so, with a couple of wins and an overtime loss that was a shoulda-been. Karl-Anthony Towns has emerged from his mini-slump and looks once again like a growing force in the league, and except for a rough few minutes against the Mavs, Ricky Rubio seems to be in a pretty good groove.
Meanwhile, Andrew Wiggins tends to have big scoring games against the Cavaliers, something the Wolves will likely need again if they are to have any shot in this one, and Shabazz Muhammad will try to build on a strong performance against the Grizzlies.
The Wolves will once again need some easy points in transition against a tough Cavs defense, and will have to defend the Cavs strong three point shooting game, while also not allowing themselves to be dominated on the boards, another area where the Cavs are strong. It's a tough assignment tonight, but will hopefully be a competitive affair.
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