The Wolves got a nice win over Atlanta last night at Target Center. Tonight they have the Thunder, in Oklahoma City, on the wrong end of a back-to-back against the team with the second-best record in the NBA. As nice as last night’s tilt was, the Wolves are in for a long night if they aren’t ready from the get-go tonight.
The Thunder are really good (26-8). They have freak athletes (see Westbrook, Russell; Ibaka, Serge; and, of course, Durant, Kevin). They don’t have James Harden anymore, but they do have a former Mr. Efficiency, Kevin Martin, whom they received for Harden and who missed the last game OKC played against Minnesota, when the Wolves beat the Thunder 99-93 in Minneapolis on December 20th in one of the signature wins of the post-Garnett era.
A few items of interest:
- Kevin Durant thinks J.J. Barea is a *great* flopper
- Kevin Love might be done for the season, said Wolves assistant coach and Punch-Drunk Wolves favorite Bill Bayno. Or he could be ready for the playoffs. It’s still a long absence, either way. Should the Wolves be looking for a suitor for Love in a trade? Dirk Nowitzski, mayhaps?
- Rick Adelman again won’t coach tonight for undisclosed personal reasons
- The Thunder’s old home city appears to have landed itself an NBA team. Go
Enjoy the tilt.