NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, March 14th (All times eastern)
Charlotte Bobcats (28-37) at Minnesota Timberwolves (19-46), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Charlotte Bobcats hope to get back on track and continue their push toward the franchise's first postseason berth in the Twin Cities on Saturday against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The Bobcats dropped their second straight game after a franchise best six-game winning streak on Friday in Charlotte when Ron Artest swatted Vladimir Radmanovic's potential game-tying three-point attempt and followed with an uncontested coast-to- coast layup in the closing seconds to seal Houston's 91-86 victory over the Bobcats.
Gerald Wallace scored 17 points and Raja Bell 16 in defeat for Charlotte, which is just one-half game behind both Milwaukee and Chicago for the eighth and final playoff spot in the jumbled Eastern Conference postseason picture. Radmanovic and Raymond Felton scored 12 points each in the setback.
The Bobcats, who are just 10-21 away from home, will return to Charlotte for a pair of games against Toronto and Sacramento after tonight's contest.
The struggling Wolves, meanwhile, fell to 1-1 on a three-game homestand Friday after Nate Robinson, starting in place of Chris Duhon, recorded 25 points, seven assists and six rebounds to lead the New York Knicks to a 102-94 victory over Minnesota.
Ryan Gomes tied a season best with 28 points and Sebastian Telfair 22 for Minnesota, which snapped back to reality following a 104-79 win over Memphis on Wednesday to lose for the 11th time in 12 tries.
Mike Miller totaled 12 points and 11 boards in defeat, while Kevin Love donated a career-high four blocks to go with six points for the Wolves, who are a dismal 9-25 at Target Center and 2-13 since leading scorer Al Jefferson suffered a season-ending knee injury.
Randy Foye (ankle) and Rodney Carney (abdomen) also missed their second straight games on Friday for Kevin McHale's club.
The Bobcats have won four straight and five of their past six meetings with Minnesota, including a 100-90 win earlier this season in Charlotte.
03/14 10:30:43 ET