NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, November 5th (All times eastern)
Minnesota Timberwolves (1-1) at Los Angeles Clippers (2-0), 10:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Sam Cassell faces his former team for the first time since being traded, as the Los Angeles Clippers welcome the Minnesota Timberwolves to the Staples Center.
The Clippers acquired Cassell and a lottery-protected 2006 first-round draft pick in August from the Timberwolves for guards Marko Jaric and Lionel Chalmers. Cassell, who spent two seasons in Minnesota and is playing in his 13th year in the NBA, averaged 13.5 points, 5.1 assists and 2.7 rebounds with the Timberwolves last season.
LA has a chance to open a new season with three straight wins for the first time since 1985-86, when it won four straight to start the campaign.
On Friday, Cuttino Mobley led all scorers with 19 points to lead the Clippers over the Atlanta Hawks, 92-77, at Staples Center. James Singleton had a double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds off the bench and Elton Brand finished with 12 points, nine rebounds, and four assists for the Clippers.
Cassell, who netted 12 and dished out four assists in the win over the Hawks, is averaging 23.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 7.5 assists in the Clippers first two games.
The Clippers will embark on a four-game road trip after tonight game. They will visit Minnesota, Washington, Atlanta and Philadelphia.
The Timberwolves will try and rebound from a tough overtime loss to Seattle. On Friday, Ray Allen scored 32 points, including 11 in overtime, as the SuperSonics defeated Minnesota, 107-102, at KeyArena.
Kevin Garnett scored a team-high 23 points, grabbed seven boards and handed out nine assists in Friday's loss for Minnesota, which dropped its first game of the year after winning its opener against Portland Wednesday. Marko Jaric scored 20 points, and Wally Szczerbiak netted 16 in defeat.
Last season, Minnesota won three of the four meetings between the clubs. Overall, the Timberwolves have won 10 of the last 11 contests in this series.
Minnesota has won five of its last seven at the Clippers.
11/05 10:11:01 ET