NBA Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, November 10th
(All times Eastern)
Minnesota Timberwolves (4-2) at Los Angeles Lakers (3-4), 9:30 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - Kevin Love will lead his Minnesota Timberwolves squad
into Los Angeles for a matchup with the Lakers at Staples Center Sunday night.
Love has been unbelievable thus far this season. He is averaging 27.2 ppg,
14.7 rpg and 5.0 apg in the early part of this campaign. The scoring figure
puts him second in the league and that rebounding number is tops.
That puts Love in MVP territory, but Kevin Martin has been a revelation as
well. Martin is averaging 23.3 ppg as he's thrived under Rick Adelman's
system, a system he thrived under during his tenures under Adelman in
Sacramento and Houston.
"I mentioned from the get-go that we're fortunate for him to have played in
Rick's corner offense, so he knows when to pick his spots," Love said of
Martin. "He's a guy that plays great in the fourth quarter and down the
stretch. He's a shot-taker and a shot-maker for us. And I know he's going to
be doing that all season."
Both players scored 32 points in a 116-108 home victory Friday over the Dallas
Mavericks. Corey Brewer notched 17 points and Nikola Pekovic managed 15 points
against the Mavs.
Minnesota, last season's worst 3-point shooting team, shot 40 percent from
beyond the arc against Dallas.
The Wolves will have their work cut out for them on Sunday because their
recent history against the Lakers is horrendous. Minnesota has lost 22
straight to the Lakers with their last victory coming on Mar. 6, 2007.
The Lakers fell to the New Orleans Pelicans, 96-85 on Friday night in the Big
Steve Nash didn't play since it was the second night of a back-to-back. The
Lakers struggled to 38.8 percent from the floor and only forced nine Pelicans
"I thought we came out and we weren't ready to play," Lakers head coach Mike
D'Antoni said. "We didn't play with intensity. We needed everybody to be
present and they weren't."
Chris Kaman led the Lakers with 16 points on 7-for-13 shooting. Nick Young and
Steve Blake scored 13 apiece, followed by 11 from Jodie Meeks and 10 from
Jordan Farmar. Jordan Hill grabbed 13 rebounds and Pau Gasol only managed nine
points and 11 boards.
Minnesota's last win on the road over the Lakers came on Dec. 2, 2005. Wally
Szczerbiak had 34 points in the win.
11/10 10:12:42 ET