NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Sunday, January 27th (All times eastern)
New Jersey Nets (18-25) at Minnesota Timberwolves (7-35), 6:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The team with the NBA's worst record at the moment takes on one of the league's coldest clubs tonight at the Target Center, where the Minnesota Timberwolves will play host to the reeling New Jersey Nets.
New Jersey comes in having lost eight consecutive contests, the franchise's longest slide since a nine-gamer from November 10-28, 2004, and will be wrapping up a miserable six-game road trip this evening. The Nets have not tasted victory since posting a 99-88 decision over doormat Seattle on January 9.
The most recent setback came Friday at Denver's Pepsi Center, where the Nuggets handed New Jersey a 100-85 defeat despite playing without injured All- Star Carmelo Anthony.
The Nets trailed by just five points heading into the outing's final stages, but did not score over the final 3:46 of the game. That collapse came just one night after New Jersey blew a nine-point fourth-quarter lead in a 121-119 loss at Golden State.
Jason Kidd recorded a triple-double for the Nets in a losing cause, as the standout guard compiled 13 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. Richard Jefferson led New Jersey with 19 points.
New Jersey was without the services of forward Bostjan Nachbar due to a swollen left thumb. The Slovenian native is listed as questionable for tonight's matchup.
Minnesota currently sports a league-worst 7-35 overall record but has been playing better as of late. The Timberwolves registered their first two-game win streak of the season with recent triumphs over Golden State and Phoenix, then gave the Eastern Conference-leading Boston Celtics all they could handle in an 87-86 loss Friday at TD Banknorth Garden.
The game marked the first encounter between the T-Wolves and Celtics since the teams agreed on a blockbuster trade last July that sent perennial All-Star Kevin Garnett from Minnesota to Boston. Garnett finished with 10 points and 16 rebounds and prevented an upset by stealing the ball from Sebastian Telfair in the waning seconds.
Telfair, one of the five players the Celtics sent over to Minnesota in the deal, paced the Wolves with 18 points and six assists. Al Jefferson, also one of the key components in the trade, scored 15 points for Minnesota.
The home team has won the last four meetings in this series, while the Nets have lost four in a row at the Target Center since a 96-82 victory there on November 23, 2002.
01/27 11:15:51 ET