Who: Minnesota Timberwolves (4-14) vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (9-10)
When: 7:00pm CST
TV: Fox Sports North (streaming on the Fox Sports Go app)
Radio: 830 WCCO AM Radio
The Minnesota Timberwolves are back in action tonight at home as they host the first game of an unique “home-and-home” series with the Cleveland Cavaliers. After tonight’s contest, both teams will hop a plane to Cleveland for a rematch tomorrow night at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.
Cavaliers at Wolves— Jack Borman (@jrborman13) February 1, 2021
: 7 PM CT
: FS North
: 830 AM WCCO
: MIN +3 | O/U: 219
• Garland, Sexton, Okoro, Nance Jr., Drummond
• Russell, Beasley, Edwards, Okogie, Davis
As Jack notes above in his tweet, the Wolves will indeed have D’Angelo Russell again tonight in the backcourt, but for the second straight game will be without Naz Reid in the starting lineup, which means extended time for Ed Davis. The Cavs come to town sporting one of the biggest front courts in the league, led by Andre Drummond, so I’m sure we can expect another Joel Embiid-like stat line from the opponent’s starting center.
Unfortunately for the Cavs, they will once again be without the services of Kevin Love, who is still rehabbing a fairly serious calf injury. The good news for the former Wolves star is that he has far more exciting things to look forward to than playing basketball:
.@kevinlove announced his engagement to Kate Bock pic.twitter.com/Az34oFqXlM— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) February 1, 2021
Congrats to Kevin on securing the second ring of his career!
Tonight's @Timberwolves Starters vs. Cleveland:— Timberwolves PR (@Twolves_PR) February 1, 2021
Culver - Left Ankle Sprain
Hagans- G League Two-Way
Hernangómez - Health & Safety Protocols
McLaughlin- Two way
Reid- Left Wrist Sprain
Towns - Health & Safety Protocols
In addition to Naz Reid, the Wolves will also once again be without Jarrett Culver, Juancho Hernangomez, Jordan McLaughlin, and Karl-Anthony Towns. It’ll once again be on the shoulders of Minnesota’s backcourt — most notably Russell and Malik Beasley — to try and provide enough scoring punch to counter Cleveland’s surprisingly stifling defense.
Regardless of tonight’s outcome, I hope everyone had a great and relaxing weekend. Be safe and enjoy your upcoming week!