What to Watch for
The Minnesota Timberwolves continue their three-game preseason road trip tonight in Southern California as they face off against Paul George and the Los Angeles Clippers. With the final 2 preseason games being against the Brooklyn Nets and Clippers, look for the Wolves to use these games as tests for the start of the regular season. With this being Patrick Beverley’s first game back in LA, also look for him to be extra aggressive tonight as well (this is also a homecoming of sorts for Jordan McLaughlin — who attended USC — so expect him to drop 50 tonight).
The Timberwolves enter tonight’s matchup with increased momentum from Friday night’s comeback victory against the Denver Nuggets, where we saw energy pick up from both sides of the court led by the second unit, leading to Jaylen Nowell’s game winner in OT.
After starting the game slow, the Wolves’ second unit, which featured Patrick Beverley and Josh Okogie, brought them back in the game by locking down on defense. Just like we saw from the first game against the Pelicans, the Wolves rotated and got to their spots, causing the Nuggets to turn the ball over. If Minnesota can keep turning defense into offense, they can increase the likelihood of remaining undefeated this preseason, as well as creating the road map to potential success once the real games kick off next week.
Malik Beasley is a player to keep your eyes on tonight, as he has had a couple rough games, shooting 1/9 from three, but 8/20 in both combined. Look for Malik to come out extra aggressive tonight, since he figures to be a very important part of the lineup this season.
D’Angelo Russell and Anthony Edwards have also looked like different players from the end of last season as well. Edwards came out locked in on defense and being smart, focusing on the game plan, rotating when needed. Russell has also come out firing, but after a tough game vs the Nuggets, we’ll see if he can get back on track tonight against a hard-nosed and defensive-minded Clippers squad.
UPDATED Minnesota @Timberwolves Status Report in advance of tonight's game at LA Clippers:— Timberwolves PR (@Twolves_PR) October 11, 2021
Jordan McLaughlin - Right Groin Strain
Josh Okogie - Right Ankle Soreness
Minnesota’s injury report includes Jordan McLaughlin who has a right groin strain and Josh Okogie with Right Ankle Soreness, who are both questionable to play tonight. Both players have been part of Minnesota’s 11-man first half rotation as well.
Josh Okogie is questionable to play tonight against the Clippers with right ankle soreness, the team says.— Dane Moore (@DaneMooreNBA) October 11, 2021
Jordan McLaughlin is also questionable with a groin strain.
Both players have been in the Wolves main, 11-man first half rotation in the first two preseason games.
The Clippers are also dealing with injuries, as Kawhi Leonard is out with a torn ACL, dating back to last season’s playoffs. The other injuries include Serge Ibaka, who is dealing with a back injury and rookie Jason Preston, who just had surgery on his foot and is expected to miss the rest of the regular season. Ivica Zubac is also questionable to play tonight, as he is dealing with a shoulder injury.