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Game #69: Wolves at Jazz

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After surviving the Bomb Cyclone, the Wolves are back in action tonight against the boisterous Utah Jazz.

NBA: Utah Jazz at Minnesota Timberwolves Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Timberwolves (32-36) vs. Utah Jazz (38-29)

8:00pm CDT, Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, UT

Fox Sports North

After falling to the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night 133-107, the Wolves were supposed to fly to Salt Lake City late Tuesday night for their next scheduled opponent: the Utah Jazz. However, before the team could officially take off, they encountered a surprise foe en route to the airport:

As the team continues to subtly tank the remainder of the season, the Wolves eventually gave in to the upstart Bomb Cyclone, deciding to focus their attention on Game of Thrones, rather than dethroning some of the game’s best:

After a lengthy delay, the Wolves did indeed get out of Denver successfully this morning, meaning the team arrived just in time to grab lunch, take a nap, and then square off against the feisty and playoff-bound Utah Jazz. Considering how much NBA players enjoy routine, I’m sure there will be no ill effects whatsoever of the travel conundrum when the Wolves take the court in a few hours.

With all that said, the Wolves are down to just 14 remaining games in the 2018-2019 season. While still mathematically in the hunt for the playoffs, the Wolves have shifted their approach as of late to giving extended looks to some of their younger players, including Tyus Jones and Keita Bates-Diop, both of whom could play significant roles for this franchise going forward. Aside from those two names, it’s also been refreshing to watch the recent play of Cam Reynolds, who checks essentially every possible box for the Wolves as they approach the offseason - shooter, athlete, sound defensively, and cheap (emphasis on the last one). The Wolves will have plenty of big decisions to make once this season is over, and deciding whether or not to bring back Reynolds should be one of them.

Projected Starting Lineups

Wolves:

PG: Tyus Jones
SG: Josh Okogie
SF: Andrew Wiggins
PF: Dario Saric
C: Karl-Anthony Towns

Jazz:

PG: Ricky Rubio
SG: Donovan Mitchell
SF: Joe Ingles
PF: Derrick Favors
C: Rudy Gobert

Injury Report

For the Wolves, Karl-Anthony Towns (knee) and Andrew Wiggins (quad) are PROBABLE, while Derrick Rose (elbow), Jeff Teague (foot), Luol Deng (Achilles) and Robert Covington (knee) are all OUT. As for the hometown team, the Jazz injury report appears to be as clean as a fresh towel.

As always, we’ll have you covered for tonight’s game right here at Canis Hoopus, as will our friends over at SLC Dunk.