NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, November 5th (All times eastern)
San Antonio Spurs (0-3) at Minnesota Timberwolves (1-2), 8:00 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The winless San Antonio Spurs try to avoid their second loss in as many nights when they travel to the Twin Cities to face the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday.
San Antonio fell to 0-3 Tuesday in an embarrassing 98-81 home loss to division rival Dallas and will be looking to avoid opening the season with four consecutive losses for the first time since the team was toiling in the ABA during the 1973-74 season.
Tony Parker had 22 points for the Spurs in the loss against Dallas while Tim Duncan added 19 points and 15 rebounds. Roger Mason chipped in 11 points off the bench and George Hill, making his NBA debut, had 11 points.
Many of San Antonio's troubles can be traced back to the absence of two key contributors, swingman Manu Ginobili and center Fabricio Oberto.
Ginobili is not expected to return until late December after offseason ankle surgery but Oberto, who missed the first two games of the season with an irregular heartbeat, made his season debut against the Mavs and scored two points in 14 minutes off the bench.
The Wolves dropped their second straight game in Oklahoma City on Sunday when Kevin Durant led a balanced scoring attack with 18 points to lead the Thunder to their first franchise win since relocating from Seattle in the offseason as Oklahoma City edged Minnesota, 88-85, from the Ford Center.
Al Jefferson had 24 points and 12 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who have dropped two straight since a season-opening win over Sacramento.
Craig Smith had 13 points and Ryan Gomes added 12 in defeat. Randy Foye had just two points and missed all 10 field goal attempts, but doled out six assists.
Guard Sebastian Telfair should make his season debut for Minnesota after serving a three-game suspension.
The Spurs have won five straight games against the Timberwolves and 10 of the last 11 encounters in the series. The last time Minnesota tasted victory against the Spurs was on January 3, 2007 when it eeked out a 103-101 overtime win at the Target Center.
11/05 10:38:54 ET