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Game Preview #19: Wolves vs. Cavaliers

Somehow, someway the Timberwolves are already 25% of the way through the season (although to some it feels like 95%).

Cleveland Cavaliers v Minnesota Timberwolves Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images

Game Info

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

Happy Sunday!

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.

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:

Congrats to Kevin on securing the second ring of his career!

Injury Reports

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!