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Timberwolves at Kings: Game #79

An end of the season tilt between two non-playoff teams. Worth staying up for.

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Wolves at Kings
9:00 pm CDT
FS North

On the one hand, the Kings will finish the season with more wins than that Wolves.

On the other hand, the Wolves seem in significantly less disarray.

It's the small victories when cruising to another losing season. Small victories that usually elude me: I was unable to watch the whole Warriors game in real time and passed the recap onto Naylor, who did a fantastic job. But this one is going to be all mine, which means I actually have to stay up and pay attention to an April Wolves-Kings game from the West Coast.

Because Wolves fan. That's why.

Making this an even more exciting tilt, the Kings will be sitting both DeMarcus Cousins and Rajon Rondo tonight because reasons.

Oh well. I should cheer up. Only four more games left, and we should savor them since we won't see Karl-Anthony Towns playing basketball again until the fall. Plus, you never know what could happen. I figured the Warriors game for a certain loss, even more so after that start, so imagine my surprise.

Meanwhile, the Wolves are going for the four game season sweep against the Kings tonight. Not going to bother looking up the last time the Wolves beat a team four times in a season--my offhand guess is it's been a while. I know the Wolves have never swept the Kings in a season.

In the last meeting, at Target Center a couple of weeks ago when the Kings were also without Cousins, the Wolves pulled away in the third quarter and won 113-104. Karl-Anthony Towns dominated. Andrew Wiggins and Zach LaVine each went for 23. The entire starting lineup was in double-figures positive +/-. That was the night Rajon Rondo was scoring at will, but the Kings got nothing else from their starting unit. Rudy Gay looked like a shell of himself. The Kings were bad.

Hopefully the Wolves won't let down after that monster game in Oakland, but there really is no reason not to win this game.

Expected lineups


Darren Collison
Seth Curry
Rudy Gay
Willie Cauley-Stein
Kosta Koufos

(this is a total guess at what they might do)


Ricky Rubio
Zach LaVine
Andrew Wiggins
Gorgui Dieng
Karl-Anthony Towns

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