Timberwolves try to slow down Mavericks Offense

The Minnesota Timberwolves face the Dallas Mavericks tonight at the America Airlines Center. The Wolves are starting their season off well and are starting to turn heads, getting wins when they are playing crippled with injures. They’re going to have to keep making the magic happen, since the latest injury, sharpshooter Chase Budinger (averaging 11.8 points and 3.5 rebounds), tore his left knee meniscus on Saturday night. This adds to the already lengthy list of injures, including ex-Mavericks guard J.J. Barea who is out with a sprained foot, Brandon Roy who is still battling his knees, Kevin Love (broken hand), and Ricky Rubio (torn ACL). Tonight’s game will be another challenge for this beaten, but not out basketball team.

The Mavericks are coming into tonight’s game as first in points per game, but they might be without their offensive catalyst off the bench, Vince Carter, who sparked the team to go into overtime against a scheming Charlotte team. Also, forward Shawn Marion is out for the fourth straight game since he sprained his left MCL. Marion was doing well on the stat line (averaging eight points and nine boards).

Here are some keys points for the Wolves to secure a win:

-Keep the turnover differential manageable. The Wolves turned the ball over 14 times and the Bulls capitalized on it by scoring 16 points off of the turnovers. While the Wolves only scored nine points off of 11 turnovers.

-Quality possessions. Players cannot hold the ball for seven seconds and expect good things to come from it, nor does Alexey Schved think a contested shot behind the arc is a quality shot.

-Make money in the paint. Nikola “the Godfther” Pekovic can do some serious work in the paint, as he enforces it like Luca Brasi. If he can put up serious numbers (he leads the team in points with 14)

If the Wolves do each of these three things well, they can see another W chalked up on their record.

 

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